Are you afraid to call or text while abroad? Proximus is introducing a roaming card to reduce roaming costs outside the EU.
“A first for the Belgian telecom market.” With those words, telecom operator Proximus today has the Daily Roaming Pass announced. A new service for customers traveling outside the borders of the European Union. With a roaming card, the rates for calling and texting abroad should become a lot clearer for customers, so that they no longer get unpleasant surprises with their next bill. From 1 July, this new subscription can be purchased by both private and business customers.
How does the system work? The roaming pass is purchased per 24 hours. As soon as the customer starts a telephone call or mobile data session and / or has sent more than two SMS and MMS messages, the pass comes into effect. Customers will then receive a text message to notify them that their Daily Pass has been activated. From the moment the pass is active, Proximus will no longer charge additional costs for traffic within the destination country or for traffic to and from Belgium.
After 24 hours, the customer can purchase a new pass, with a maximum of 10 per month. An eleventh pass will remain active until the end of the month. With the roaming pass, the legal limit of EUR 60 per month (excluding VAT) for mobile data traffic also continues to apply. Proximus is introducing the service because a survey showed that 40% of their customers do not dare to use the mobile services in the European Union for fear of (too) high roaming charges.
A- in B-zones
The price of the roaming pass will vary depending on your destination. Proximus divides the non-EU countries into ‘A-zones’ and ‘B-zones’ for this purpose. It’s something different from green and red zones. A-zones are countries outside the EU to which many Belgian tourists still flock. Think of Switzerland, the United States and Turkey. Here, the Daily Roaming Pass costs EUR 5.95 per day. The B zones are then the very exotic destinations such as Senegal, Vietnam and Peru. In the B countries you have to pay 11.95 euros per day. A ‘small group of countries with very few Belgian visitors’, maritime networks and satellite connections are not available.
If you stay within the European Union this year, you don’t have to worry about roaming charges. The European Roaming Law of June 2017 abolished roaming charges for mobile traffic between Member States. There is already a plan to extend this abolition until at least 2032.