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The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the EU on 31 January 2020. This exit will undoubtedly have a big influence on our economy. But how will Brexit affect your roaming and international calling rates to and from the United Kingdom?
On 23 June 2016, slightly over half of UK citizens voted to leave the EU. Until 31 December 2020, a transition period will be in place, during which both parties will negotiate a new free trade agreement to govern post-Brexit trade relations.
For the time being, your telecom bill will remain unchanged. In other words, the United Kingdom remains part of the EU zone for Orange customers (Zone 1). This will still be the case after Brexit. This means the political decision on Brexit has no impact on the telecom tariffs you pay with Orange. In concrete terms this means using the internet, making calls and texting to and from the United Kingdom will continue to be charged at the same rates as for the EU zone, even after Brexit.
The difference between roaming and international calls
Wondering what the difference is between roaming and international calls? Sending and receiving texts or making calls (both incoming and outgoing) from another country is called roaming. However, if you’re calling or texting a foreign number from Belgium, it’s an international conversation.
There are no additional charges for roaming within the countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom and a few other regions. Within these countries you can receive calls, texts and use data at the same rates as when you are in Belgium. However, international calls from Belgium will be charged at our international rates.
Do you regularly call the United Kingdom from Belgium? In that case, we recommend the Shape Intense plan that includes unlimited calls to and from the entire EU zone.