Internet & Mobile Phone Roaming Charges 2016/17

So I find myself having purchased a property on La Marina Urb & due to exchange shortly.

What's the script with UK mobile phones ?

As I understand it, as from 30th April 2016 roaming charges are being reduced to : outgoing calls from my UK phone can only be charged at no more than €0.05 per minute & no more than €0.05 per MB data when accessing the internet on my phone.

Then from 15 June 2017 there is no roaming charges charge for using a UK phone across the EU.

In light of that is it actually worth me getting internet or another phone ? - I will be planning on tethering my laptop to my mobile for internet and HDMI lead to TV using a UK IP address.

Cheers in advance if anyone answers

La Marina

That's all well and good for calls you make but .... it will cost quite a lot for spanish calls to be made to your UK phone. "Not your problem" I hear you say - but, for deliveries, etc, most spanish companies are very reluctant to ring a UK number and want either a spanish mobile or landline number as their contact. I know this because I've tried to survive with just my UK mobile out here - well nigh impossible!

Commented janineb in La Marina 2016-03-07 09:06:35 UTC

No it's EU wide which means any Country in the EU can call any EU number and the same rule applies for them as it does me.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-07 09:45:04 UTC

Janineb - take a look here for the roaming charges being phased in....

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-07 11:30:35 UTC

Yeah - fine. If the person trying to contact is ringing you off a mobile. But what if they are ringing you off a land line? Last time I "looked" most shops, hairdressers, dentists, delivery firms, etc were using land lines - these are the people that won't readily ring you on a UK mobile number.

Commented janineb in La Marina 2016-03-08 07:34:38 UTC

I s'pose that's what I Need to understand. Here in the UK my home landline phone monthly rental is fully inclusive of all phone calls, including mobile numbers. So would someone with a landline in Spain also have the same ?

If so then when 2017 comes around it won't make any difference to someone calling a UK mobile number from a landline in Spain.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-08 10:08:08 UTC


Let's hope it's a yes vote in the referendum, or we will lose all these benefits.

Commented Stephens View in La Marina 2016-03-08 12:19:45 UTC

I'll 2nd that Stephens view - although I've already made my mind up that if it was to be a vote for out then I'll relocate permanently to La Marina.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-08 12:45:15 UTC

I guess that will be dependant on what the visa conditions would be, after all there would be no open borders anymore.

Commented Jodies Groom Room in La Marina 2016-03-09 07:01:28 UTC

Good point Jodies Groom Room - maybe I'll have to apply for residency sooner than I had anticipated. It's the uncertainty of it all that is most troubling, to which no one person can say with certain what the eventual outcome would be.

I would guess that in the event of an out vote being victorious that the UK would then seek individual agreements with each EU country - this will probably start with the more wealthier countries suchlike Germany before getting round to Spain.

Should that be the case it will be a long winded process taking years to finalize, but would suspect it would be the same as other agreements in place between Spain & some other non eu countries - which is to say - remain for 90 days without requiring a visa. A simple evidenced trip across the border to Portugal or France every 90 days, whilst being a pain, may be the answer if you don't have residency.

One thing i'm pretty sure of is that UK tourism is too valuable to Spain for there not to be any special agreement in place.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-09 08:29:15 UTC

My landline gives me 4 Hrs a month free to UK LANDLINES , I have a Spanish mobile my wife has UK mobile if she calls me its 50p for up to a hour but still 50p if she is connected to my answering machine say 20 secs. For me to call my wife's mobile from my Spanish one is extortionate hence the reason carrier and other tradesmen will not call UK mobiles. And in most cases their website won't allow you to enter a UK number.

Commented Weejohnten in La Marina 2016-03-09 13:35:07 UTC

Weejohnten - Ok understood, sounds like a nightmare, let's hope that the vote is stay in and when 2017 comes along all the phone charge issues will go away.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-09 16:26:32 UTC

Hi all
Can I strongly recommend that all ex-pats register to vote to help ensure that all these benefits are kept. It will be a shame if the Little England brigade damage the progress that has been made.

Commented Stephens View in La Marina 2016-03-10 17:58:19 UTC

Ill be voting in for sure - not just because of the obvious benefits, mainly because I believe it to be a justice to those who fought & lost their life's in the 2nd world war.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-03-10 18:04:51 UTC

Absolutely Rod, I totally agree.

Commented Stephens View in La Marina 2016-03-10 18:11:38 UTC

I found it easy to register online with very fast response. All i needed was my old postcode, passport no. and NI number. My council responded the next day for details of where to send the voting slips.

Commented chalkie in Quesada 2016-03-12 23:05:03 UTC

Hi Rod I fail to understand your logic there. You want to sit at the same table as the country that caused that war? Don't know if you noticed but there is a major stealth war going on at the moment in Europe with the Islamification of Christian countries Especially the UK. The ramifications of this are horrendous.

Commented dynosore in San Fulgencio 2016-04-13 10:44:48 UTC

dynasore, or perhaps you're a dinosaur. A creature that died out almost 100 million years ago.
You seem like a person without historical knowledge of why the EU exists. The European Union is first and foremost an organization that was formed to reduce the risk of war in Europe. And it has been successful.

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2016-04-13 19:42:55 UTC

I wasn't looking for anyone to understand my logic no more than I look to understand another's logic.

I have a view and others have their views - to attempt to swing another's view is often futile.

Commented Rod in La Marina 2016-04-13 19:51:24 UTC