35% of Irish users switch off data roaming in EU - survey

Monday 17 February 2014 11.51
14% of Irish mobile users switch their phone off completely while in another EU country
14% of Irish mobile users switch their phone off completely while in another EU country

One third of Irish mobile users switch data off on their phones when in another European Union country, according to a new report.

The E-Communications Household Survey by European statistics agency Europa found that 35% of Irish users turned data off while they were abroad.

This compares to an EU average of 25%.

Close to a quarter of Irish users (23%) said they availed of special data roaming plan offered by their network while abroad, while 14% said they simply switched their phone off completely.

Almost 10% of Irish visitors said they used a local SIM card when in another EU country, while 15% said they relied on nearby WiFi zones to access the internet.

When asked about their other phone activity while roaming, 10% of Irish users said they made voice calls as often as they would when at home; slightly above the EU average.

Almost 20% said they never made calls - compared to an EU average of 30% - while 57% said they made fewer calls than normal.

A similar percentage of Irish phone users also said they would receive fewer calls while abroad compared to the number when in Ireland, above the EU average of 51%.

A quarter of users said they sent the same amount of text messages while in other EU countries as they would when at home, while 53% said they sent fewer.

The numbers were similar in regards to receiving text messages.