O2 has launched a mobile pricing plan which removes charges when receiving calls abroad.
O2 UK users of the high roamer service pay a monthly fee of £5 to make calls at a reduced rate of 25 pence per minute - a 70% discount over standard rates - as well as receive incoming calls for free, while travelling in Spain. O2 is owned by Spain’s Telefonica.
Small and medium sized companies can benefit from a discounted monthly fee of £2.50 per month if they take out a 12-month option.
Spain was chosen by O2 UK as the launch market for this new service since more of its customers travel there frequently on business, or on holiday, than any other country.
In the first half of next year, O2 will expand the service to more than 35 other countries across Europe.
Call charges will be the same as the high roamer service covering Spain.
The European Commission is proposing to cap the amount operators can charge each other for handling different customers calls on their networks, in response to high roaming charges.