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Nowadays most people want, and need, to use their mobile phone while abroad. So unless you’re prepared to be hit with an astronomical bill on your return, it’s wise to think about completing a roaming checklist before you go.

Some phone companies add roaming charges every time your phone is activated overseas: whether it’s a call, text, voicemail or surfing session. This is in addition to the cost of the call.

What’s more, roaming charges are not just applied to the calls you make or texts you send. If someone leaves you a voicemail, you pay a roaming fee for the connection, and then another to listen to the message. The same principle applies when someone sends you a text.

This is why you should find out whether your phone company adds roaming charges before you leave the country. It will be too late to complain once you get back because the terms are all in your contract. The responsibility to understand your mobile phone deal lies with you.

Make sure you specify which country you will be visiting when you ask about roaming charges because there are often different rates for different places. You should also check that your phone will be fully active while you’re abroad. Nobody wants to pay for voicemails and texts they couldn’t actually access.

The good news for Lycamobile customers is that they do not have to pay roaming charges when they visit any of these locations: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Romania, Hong Kong, the UK and the USA.

The offer is open to both new and existing customers in Ireland who buy our international SIM card or prepaid SIM card and who use one of the following bundles: National M, National UL or Ireland Plus. These bundles are also great value for cheap national and international calls.