Quarter of Dutch use data roaming during summer holidays

Friday 11 August 2017 | 15:07 CET | News

Around a quarter of the Dutch have used their mobile phones for roaming abroad this summer holiday season. Since 15 June, they no longer pay extra for roaming in the EU, but not all consumers appear aware of this yet. 

Research by the Telecompaper Consumer Insights Panel found that 24 percent of the Dutch used mobile data roaming this summer and 23 percent made calls while abroad. That's up significantly from respectively 15 percent and 16.4 percent a year ago. 

Fewer consumers said they leave their phone at home when going abroad in order to avoid the high costs of roaming, and fewer said they only use roaming for emergency situations. The latter fell from 36 percent in 2013 to just 16 percent this year. 

The survey showed differences in how men and women handle roaming. Women are more likely still to go in search of a free Wi-Fi network and also turn off data roaming more often than men on their phones. Women also more often use SMS rather than making a call from abroad. 

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