Used phone cash could be wasted by holiday charges

1 July 2010 — 11:51 AM

Used phone cash could be wasted by holiday charges

Britons who earn money for an old mobile phone may wish to beware they do not pay out just as much when they take their new device on holiday this summer.

Price comparison site uSwitch.com believes some 22 million holidaymakers are at risk of being charged just to switch their handset on while abroad.

Of these, 15 million will neglect to check the tariff for making calls, sending texts and browsing the internet before they go.

As such, many could expect to join the 32 per cent of people who have been met with a large bill on their return to the UK.

Matthew Wheeler, communications expert at the website, says: "Contacting your mobile network should be high on every mobile user's holiday checklist, alongside their sun cream and passport. Using a mobile phone abroad shouldn't automatically lead to a big bill."

One example of mobile providers dealing with such a problem came last month when Three announced it was slashing costs for football fans set to use their handset at the World Cup in South Africa.

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