BRITISH travellers are being hammered with roaming charges of up to £18 for a four minute Whatsapp call, Which? revealed.
The consumer champions renewed calls for Government to use new post-Brexit trade deals to scrap mobile fees across the world as well as maintaining free roaming while travelling in the EU.
They said ministers should make sure holidaymakers get free mobile phone roaming in non-EU countries the UK does Brexit trade deals with such as India, America and Australia.
Currently globetrotters face sky high phone bills of up to £500 just for taking calls, £18 for a four minute WhatsApp call in Canada or a walloping £10.20 charge for loading a single webpage in Turkey.
Following changes brought in last June, UK residents get free roaming while travelling in the EU at no extra cost.
But there is no such agreement elsewhere in the world.
Chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: “We know people value free roaming while they travel in the EU, so it is vital that this agreement is maintained.
“Government has a real opportunity to extend the benefit of free roaming for people visiting countries worldwide following Brexit, and should make the ability to ‘Roam Like at Home’ a feature for future trade deals with non-EU countries.
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“Doing so would be a clear indication of how the Government intends to deliver a Brexit that puts consumers first”.
The Government said they were committed to securing the best deal for British consumers.