Calling Abroad

I just got my mobile phone bill … a 25 minute call to a Netherlands landline has cost 25 quid – a pound a minute.

The EU roaming caps apply to non-domestic travel, but seemingly not for the ‘home’ network.

As far as I can tell, if I had a French pay-as-you-go SIM and used that to call the same number, it would have been around a third cheaper (I think, in June, 30p + VAT per minute)

In other words, if you’re going to use mobile, it’s considerably less expensive to use a foreign disposable SIM in the UK to call another country, than it is to use a UK contract phone to do the same.

That’s absurd, no?