What is Roaming?

You may have encountered the phrase "Roam like home," but what does it actually mean?

Roaming allows users to connect to different mobile networks, both abroad and in areas where their operator does not have coverage. This enables the use of calling, texting, and mobile data services. Within Europe, no extra costs are incurred for roaming, but outside the EU, it can become quite expensive.

On a mobile device, roaming can be easily deactivated or activated. Before traveling abroad, it’s essential to check these settings to avoid high costs. Roaming prices are usually communicated via SMS when the phone connects to a network overseas.

Roaming happens automatically when the feature is enabled, both within Sweden and abroad. It is different from a hand-off/hand-over, where a switch is made between towers within the same network. The term “roaming” originates from wandering and is primarily used in a technical context.

By understanding roaming and its functions, users can avoid unexpected charges when they are outside their regular operator’s network.


  • Roaming allows users to switch between different mobile networks to maintain connectivity.
  • Since 2017, no additional charges for roaming within the EU/EES, meaning users can use their mobiles at no extra cost when traveling within these areas.
  • Roaming can also be used within Sweden to improve coverage in areas with weak signals.
  • Roaming should not be confused with hand-off or hand-over, which involve switching between towers within the same network.

Roaming Charges

Wondering if roaming incurs extra costs? Since 2007, the EU has regulated roaming charges within Europe due to previously high prices, particularly for data traffic. However, in June 2017, an agreement within the EU was reached, ensuring no extra charges for roaming in EU and EES countries.

This change is part of the EU’s effort to create a united and cohesive Europe without communication barriers, similar to how they have removed obstacles for mobility and trade. Outside of Europe, roaming charges persist, but in many countries, they are regulated by the mobile operators themselves.

Operators may have agreements with local operators in the visited countries to keep prices low, and often one can purchase data packages of various sizes. Roaming charges abroad constitute a significant revenue stream for mobile operators, making EU regulations an important step towards ensuring smooth communication within Europe without barriers.

By regulating roaming charges within Europe, the EU has promoted a freer and more economically advantageous use of mobile telephony for travelers within the union. Now, people can communicate and use their mobile services without worrying about extra costs when traveling within the EU and EES countries.

Subs Mobile Subscriptions

With our mobile subscription service Subs, you get access to unlimited communication and the freedom to use your mobile services while traveling within the EU and EES countries. We include roaming as part of our mobile subscription, meaning you can call, text, and use mobile data at no extra cost when outside Sweden.

With Subs mobile subscription, you can be assured that your communication works seamlessly within the EU and EES countries. We aim to simplify staying connected and offer the freedom to travel without concerns. Choose Subs for unlimited communication wherever your adventures take you within the EU and EES.