Help with roaming and calling abroad
No need to switch off data roaming, with our Worldwide data Bolt On you can get online as soon as you step off the plane.
There are two types of Rest of World Pass. The one that’s best for you will depend on how you want to use your phone while you’re away.
Rest of World 24 Hour Pass
You can text us to add your Rest Of World Pass when you need it
Rest Of World 24 Hour Pass
You can choose to cap the number of Passes you can have, or go for unlimited:
You’ll be charged £6 per MB, with either a standard cap (£33.34-50MB) or heavy user cap (£100-200MB.
The Rest Of World Pass only applies outside Europe.
Yes. You can use your Rest Of World Pass as usual because it only applies outside Europe.
Find out more about our Europe inclusive tariffs.
You can use O2 Travel while you’re in Europe, and when you move outside Europe you can automatically start using your Rest Of World Pass, as long as you’ve added it to your tariff.
If your phone is turned on when you arrive overseas, we’ll send you a text which will either confirm the Worldwide data Bolt On you've already set up, or offer you the chance to get one.
Both Rest of World Passes now support tethering so you can use it to get your laptop or tablet online.
We’ll send you an alert when 80% of your bundle has been used.
We’ll send you another when 95% has been used and a final alert when you’ve used all your data.
Your Rest Of Pass will automatically renew, either when you reach your data allowance or when the time expires.
We’ll send you a message to let you know you’ve used 100% of your data. If you continue to use data, you’ll be charged for a new Pass and everything starts again.
If you chose to cap your Pass, you may have to wait until your next billing cycle before a new Pass is automatically activated.
You can still use any remaining data allowance if you travel from one country to another within the Rest Of World Pass countries.
For instance, if you drive from the USA to Mexico, the same Pass you bought in the USA will keep you connected to the internet when you’re in Mexico. Or Russia. Or China.
Take a look at our rates for the Rest Of World 30 Day Pass and the rates for the Rest Of World 24 Hour Pass.
Once you’ve left the UK we’ll also send you a text message telling you how much you’ll be charged for calls and texts where you are.
You can connect to local wifi services when you’re abroad. You won’t use any of your O2 data allowance but your local wifi provider may charge you for use.
You can turn data roaming on or off in the settings of your phone menu. Check your phone’s user guide or manufacturer’s website for details..
Yes. With the Rest Of World 24 Hour Pass you get 200 minutes and 200 texts to use every 24 hours. With the Rest Of World 30 Day Pass you get 2,000 minutes and 2,000 texts to use over 30 days.
Yes. You can use your 4G phone to make and take calls and texts in the normal way while you’re away.
If you use the internet abroad, it will work at the speed of the local 3G network.
Data roaming at 4G speeds is not available just yet.
Many apps update automatically in the background, or fetch new notifications like emails, and this can eat into your data allowance.
You can disable automatic updates and set how often your phone searches for new notifications in your phone’s settings – check your phone’s user guide or manufacturer’s website for details.
You’ll lose any outstanding roaming data within your Rest Of World Pass.
We’ll add your Pass when we transfer your tariff. Or if your new tariff’s not compatible, we’ll let you know.
Not quite. They’re available on most plans but a few are incompatible.
Neither the Rest Of World 24 Hour Pass nor the Rest Of World 30 Day Pass are subject to VAT, because they only apply outside EU VATable countries.
To opt out and pay £6 per MB with your usage capped, instead of receiving up to 500MB for 24 hours for £7.50 when you travel outside Europe, call us from the UK on 0800 028 0202 or +44 344 809 0202 (free from your O2 mobile) from overseas.
You can get BlackBerry Worldwide for an additional £20 (ex VAT) to connect your BlackBerry directly to the internet while you’re abroad.
We no longer offer Data Abroad but continue to provide it to existing customers where it’s already on their tariff.
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