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Bank charges: Holidaymakers risking extortionate phone bills

People planning to go abroad over the forthcoming bank holidays may risk incurring massive bank charges by racking up a hefty phone bill.

Research by has found that using your phone abroad to call the UK can cost up to £2 per minute and receiving calls can be£1.50 a minute.

The biggest risk is data roaming. Costs for this can reach as much as £8 per megabyte in the US or Australia.

Ernest Doku, technology expert at, said: "Contacting your mobile network should be high on every mobile user's holiday checklist, alongside packing their passport and sun cream.

"Using a mobile phone aboard can lead to a huge ‘bill shock' [curly] when you come back home, but if people stay in control and make sure they are getting the best rates they can avoid getting burnt."

He added that people must make sure the data roaming on their phone is turned off to prevent online services, such as email, updating automatically.

One suggested way of avoiding hefty bills is to only take one phone if you are travelling with another person.

Samantha Clarke

Samantha is a former banking assistant and has over ten years experience in retail banking.

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