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Roaming for business made simple

Work and communicate wherever your business takes you – without having to worry about unexpected roaming charges – with our unrivalled business roaming solutions.

With Vodafone, you can use your home plan in Europe at no extra cost – allowing you to make calls, send texts and get online just like you would at home.

Travelling outside Europe? Vodafone RED Roaming has got you covered, with unlimited calls and texts as well as 30GB of data and international calls, all for a small daily connection fee. 

 

Important Roaming Update - Closure of some 2G and 3G networks

Operators around the world are beginning to close their 2G and 3G networks. This may change how you access Voice, SMS and Data Roaming services while you are abroad in some countries.

Find out more

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Take your
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Use your full home allowance across Europe with our RED Business Unlimited plans.

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Stay connected to your business without worrying about cost.

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With 4G in 100+ countries, ensure an outstanding network experience wherever you are.

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Roaming
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Easy access to networks when travelling in an eligible country.

Travelling in the EU

As a Vodafone mobile customer, you can use your home plan across Europe at no extra cost.  

Travelling outside the EU

If you’re travelling outside Europe, Vodafone RED Roaming is a simple and cost effective option. RED Roaming gives you unlimited calls and texts back to Ireland and within the country you’re visiting. It also gives you your home allowance of 30GB of data and your home allowance of international minutes..* All of this is available for a small fixed daily fee, so you don’t need to worry about large bills on your return. 

The daily fee depends on where you’re travelling:

USA, Canada and five other countries

RED Business Unlimited Lite and RED Business Unlimited customers travelling to the USA and Canada can avail of RED Roaming for just €3.24 a day.

RED Business Unlimited Max customers can roam in the USA and Canada at no extra cost.

RED Business Unlimited Lite, RED Business Unlimited and RED Business Unlimited Max customers travelling to Albania, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Turkey and Kosovo can avail of RED Roaming for just €3.24 a day.

Australia, China and more than 60 other countries

RED Roaming is available in Australia, China, Japan and more than 60 other countries for just €4.06 a day. For a full list of these countries, see the FAQ section below.

Business taking you to a country not listed above?

Check out our roaming rates.

*When you go abroad, your international allowance is used for calls and texts to numbers outside of both Ireland and the country you are visiting.

Roaming - pricing per day

Plan Roaming in Europe/UK Roaming in USA/Canada Roaming in more than 60 other countries
RED Business Unlimited Lite
FREE €3.24 €4.06
RED Business Unlimited
FREE €3.24 €4.06
RED Business Unlimited MAX
FREE FREE €4.06
RED Business Unlimited SIM Only
FREE €3.24 €4.06

All prices exclude VAT

Can't find your tariff? Click find out your roaming rates.

2G and 3G networks are starting to close around the world

As technology evolves, more operators around the world are modernising their networks to expand their 4G and 5G coverage. Your business will benefit from this as the newer technologies provide faster data speeds, improvements in quality of service and even better ways to stay in touch with your customers and colleagues.
Our partners around the world are starting to move to 4G and 5G networks and during this transition phase countries will begin to close their 2G or 3G networks.
If a country has closed their 2G or 3G network this may impact how you access Voice, SMS and Data services. Please see further details in the drop-down options.
 

What are the key changes to note?

2G/3G Network closures

2G or 3G networks are closing in some European and Rest of the World Countries.

Customers using 2G for data will notice that connecting to websites will be slower and some apps may not perform as well. Customers using 4G or 5G can continue to enjoy a reliable high-speed data experience.

Customers visiting countries where either the 2G or 3G network has closed can continue to make and receive calls and texts using the remaining open network. 

Both 2G and 3G networks are beginning to close in USA.

 

Countries where the 2G network has closed

Customers can continue to make and receive calls and texts using the 3G network when visiting countries where the 2G network has closed.

Roaming data can be used on the 3G, 4G or 5G networks.

To use 4G or 5G data you must have a compatible handset and mobile plan.

Customers using older handset models that only have 2G/3G capability will not be able to use data on 4G or 5G. When visiting countries with no 2G network data will only be available over 3G.

 

List of countries that have switched off their 2G network coverage-

Australia, Belarus, Macau, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.

 

Countries where the 3G network has closed

You can continue to make and receive calls and texts using the 2G network when visiting countries where the 3G network has closed.

Roaming data can be used on the 2G, 4G or 5G networks.

To use 4G or 5G data you must have a compatible handset and mobile plan

Customers using older handset models that only have 2G/3G capability will not be able to use data on 4G or 5G. When visiting countries with no 3G network data will only be available over 2G.

 

List of countries that have switched off their 3G network coverage-

Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands and Norway

 

2G/3G Network closures in USA

Operators in the USA are beginning to close both their 2G and 3G
networks.

Please check this page before you travel for the latest news.

We currently have two Roaming partners in the USA that provide nationwide coverage – AT&T and T-Mobile USA.

The AT&T network in USA is no longer providing voice services compatible with Vodafone handsets.

When Roaming in the United States you will need to use the T-Mobile USA network for Voice, SMS and Data services.

Customers using older handset models that only have 2G/3G capability must use the T-Mobile USA for all services - Voice, SMS and Data.

Customers on newer handsets with 4G can continue to use AT&T for SMS and Data but please note AT&T no longer support Voice for your handset. All services are available on the T-Mobile network.

Your phone should automatically connect to the T-Mobile network where available. However, if this is not the case you will need to manually search for the T-Mobile network. Stay connected to the T- Mobile network for Voice calls by switching off automatic network selection and manually searching to select the T-Mobile network. See the section - ‘How can I change the Network when Roaming’ for more details.

Vodafone is working on delivering voice services over 4G (Voice over LTE) for customers when Roaming. Please check back here on our Roaming support pages for the latest news.

Frequently asked questions

RED Roaming

Do I need to opt in to RED Roaming?

No, you are automatically opted in to RED Roaming as part of your RED Connect or RED Business plan. Once you make or receive a call, send a text or use data in the visiting country, you should automatically be connected to RED Roaming. You'll be charged the daily amount and you can keep roaming until midnight Irish time. You won't need to opt out when you get home, RED Roaming only applies on days you use your phone abroad.
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I’m on an older plan. What are my roaming rates?

Your rates in Europe will be the same as at home. For outside of Europe, you can avail of RED Roaming in 72 countries. Please note your data allowance on RED Roaming will be 200Mb per day. Follow this link for more information.

Legacy RED Connect plans

Plan Roaming in Europe/UK Roaming in USA/Canada Roaming in more than 60 other countries
RED Connect Essentials FREE €2.43 €4.06
RED Connect FREE €2.43 €4.06
RED Connect Super FREE €2.43 €4.06

All prices exclude VAT

Can't find your tariff? Click here to find out your roaming rates.

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What are the out of bundle prices when roaming?

Out of bundle charges can be found by clicking this link. Simply select the country you are travelling to, and see 'standard
rates’.
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In which European countries can I use my plan at no extra cost?

Austria, Azores, Belgium, Bonaire, Bulgaria, Ceuta, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Desirade, Estonia, Finland, Finland (Alands Island Only), France, French Guiana (French Guyana), French West Indies, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Isle Of Man, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Melilla, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, La Reunion, Romania, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Eustatius / Statia, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican State
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In what countries is RED Roaming available for €3.24?

USA, Canada and Select Countries (Albania, Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Kosovo and Turkey)
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In what countries is RED Roaming available for €4.06?

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominica (Commonwealth), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Macedonia, Mexico, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Samoa, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands (US)Your rates in Europe will be the same as at home.
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Closure of 2G and 3G Networks

Why are Operators switching off 2G or 3G Networks?

Roaming Partners are decommissioning the 2G or 3G networks to free up mobile radio spectrum which can be used on both the 4G and 5G networks, providing more capacity and a better overall customer experience.
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How can I change the Network when Roaming?

Normally you do not need to change your network when Roaming. Your handset will automatically be connected to the network that provides all the services with
reliable coverage and quality.

If you find you are connected to a network with no service, please select a new network as follows-

Check that your “Data Roaming” and “Mobile Data” are switched on,

How to change the Mobile Network

  • Go to the device guides on the Vodafone website - https://deviceguides.vodafone.ie
  • Select your device manufacturer,
  • Choose your handset,
  • Enter “Select Network” or “Search Network” in the search box provided, where you will be presented with instructions to select a network. The exact menu option varies by device.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the onscreen tutorial.
  • Switch the automatic network selection option off.
  • Perform a manual network search. This may take some time to present the list of
    available networks.
  • Select the network to connect to and wait for the connection request to complete. After switching from automatic network selection to manual selection you usually need to request the new network connection several times before it will work.

 

Note some of the networks presented on the list of available networks may not provide Roaming Services to Vodafone Ireland customers and the connection
request may not be successful

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How do I know if my handset is an older handset limited to the 2G/3G Network?

  • Go to the device guides on the Vodafone website - https://deviceguides.vodafone.ie
  • Enter your handset type on the search box
  • Go to the “Select Help Topic” section as displayed.
  • Chose “Specifications”
  • Scroll through the settings to find “Network” or “Network and Data Transfer”.

This will advise you if your handset supports 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G

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What does this mean for Voice and SMS Services?

Roaming Voice and SMS services are currently provided using 2G and 3G networks.

If a country has closed their 2G network, Voice and SMS will be provided using the 3G network.

If a country has closed their 3G network, Voice and SMS will be provided using the 2G network.

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What does this mean for Data Services?

Roaming Data services are provided using 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G depending on your handset type and your mobile plan.

Customers using older handset models that only have 2G/3G capability will not be able to use Data on 4G or 5G.

If a country has closed their 2G network, Data on older handsets will be provided on the 3G network.

If a country has closed their 3G network, Data on older handsets will be provided on the 2G network.

As Vodafone provides 4G coverage in over 180 countries and 5G in 25 countries customers on new handsets can continue to enjoy a reliable high-speed data experience.

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What does 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mean?

There are a number of generations of mobile network 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G and the quality of voice calls and mobile data speeds increases with each generation of mobile network.

When Roaming, the Voice and SMS services are provided using the 2G and 3G networks. We will be providing Voice and SMS services when Roaming using 4G and 5G networks at a future date.

2G and 3G networks have been around for a long time and operators around the world are now introducing services on the more recent 4G and 5G networks.

The mobile data speed that you experience will vary depending on the network generation your handset is connected to (2G, 3G, 4G or 5G) and your chosen plan. In practice this impacts how quickly you can send and receive information, like browsing, loading posts, listening to music, streaming videos, downloading/uploading files or making video calls.

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When can I make voice calls on 4G when Roaming?

Vodafone is working on delivering Voice services over 4G (Voice over LTE) for customers when Roaming. Until this service is available customers can continue to make and receive voice calls on 2G or 3G where available when Roaming. We will update customers when the voice over 4G service is available.
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