Three is hoping to put an end to the dreaded post-holiday phone bill, where you discover that using Instagram to document your hold for hipsters and/or posterity might cost more than the hotel. Euro Internet Pass offers “unlimited” internet for a flat £5 per day – there are a few caveats, however.
When you arrive in a supported country you will receive a text message from 3 letting you know you can buy a Euro Pass. By visiting the link in that text you can sign up to pay your £5 and receive unlimited data for 24 hours. Of course, “unlimited” doesn’t mean quite what you think – you can’t stream video or audio and you won’t be able to tether your phone to another device (No laptop or iPad surfing for you). You must also disable push notifications, which is a bit of a pain if you were planning on using email a lot.
The pass will work in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (incl. Azores & Madeira), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (incl. Balearic & Canary Islands), Sweden, Vatican City and Monaco but there are some surprising omissions like Switzerland, Russia and Cyprus, so do check before you go.
Assuming you don’t mind the restrictions then this could be a good way of keeping in touch and using the web abroad without breaking the bank. There are no speed guarantees, however, so maybe forget about that Skype video chat with your cat.