Mobile phone network 3 has abolished roaming charges for its UK customers in seven nations including Italy, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
Its users will no longer be charged extra for making or receiving calls or texts when visiting the countries. 3 said there would be no one-off fees, and that its users would automatically gain the service.
The other places in which it has abolished the fees are Austria, Hong Kong, Sweden and Denmark.
The firm is able to end roaming fees from the seven nations as each has its own 3 network. The company confirmed that calls from any of the seven countries back to the UK would come under the user"s usual monthly call allowance, and be exactly the same as if they were making a domestic call.
If a user exceeds his or her monthly call allowance when phoning from one of the seven nations they will then be charged a flat fee of 20p a minute.
3 added that its UK customers would also be able to make video calls and access the internet at their usual domestic rate under the new service, which is called 3 Like Home.
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