There's good news for those thinking of going to Spain to enjoy a warm Easter break in the sunshine as Three has just announced that its Feel At Home free roaming programme will be extended to cover Spain and New Zealand from 1 April this year.
The roaming plan which rivals are finding hard to compete with, allows Three customers to use the networks abroad without paying any extra on top of their regular bill. This means that users can access calls, texts and data to Check-in, Tweet, text and chat without having to pay roaming charges. With the new destinations, the plan now covers 16 countries, including popular destinations such as the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and France.
"Feel at Home is unique to Three and offers freedom from unfair roaming charges. It is already hugely popular with more than a million of our customers enjoying its benefits since launch. Adding France last year and Spain in 2015 means the two most popular destinations with British holiday makers will be covered," Dave Dyson, Chief Executive at Three, boasted. "Currently, 49% of our customers’ overseas trips are to Feel At Home destinations. With the addition of Spain and New Zealand, I expect that to rise to about 65%. However, my ambition continues to be to eliminate excessive roaming charges globally and we’re working hard to open up even more opportunities for our customers to stay connected and enjoy their phones whilst they’re abroad."
Local numbers not included
To access Feel At Home, Three users simply have to pick up a local network, and it works for all types of contracts and tariffs, whether its monthly, PAYG or SIM-only. It will even work as mobile broadband if you have a dongle. However, a slight catch is that the network will in fact charge you extra if you call and text non-UK numbers, such as local numbers for the country you're in, though it's often easy to skip round these charges by using IM or VoIP apps.
Three's Feel At Home scheme has already attracted many frequent flyers to its network, and with the addition of Britain's favourite holiday destination, Spain, it is more than likely that the mobile network will be gaining a few more users from Easter onwards. Whether it's a trip to the mainland or one of the country's sun-soaked islands, such as the Canaries or Balearics, the change will come just in time for the start of the sunshine break holiday season.
In related news the mobile network has formed a partnership with Expedia.co.uk, offering 12 per cent off a pre-paid hotel booking via the UK Expedia app, until 6 April.