Today I received our Vodafone bill. It was much more than expected. I looked at it in detail and there were some alarming extras:
£3 – 2.01 MB data on Clare’s phone Andorra
£6 – 4.00 MB data on car MiFi
£33 – 22.01 MB data on car MiFi
To put this additional £42 charge for 28 MB of data into perspective, we pay £25 per month for 30,000 MB data on the car MiFi (a device that transforms a mobile phone signal into a WiFi signal, allowing phones and iPads to connect and send and receive data at a cost to the MiFi device but not to the other mobile device.)
Europe 0.0625p per MB data
Andorra £1.50 per MB data
Data in Andorra is 2400 times more expensive than the rest of Europe.
As soon as we crossed the border into Andorra we had a text message saying “Hello. Welcome to ANDORRA. As you’re in our Rest of the World Zone 3, it costs £2/min to make a call and £1.30/min to receive one. Texts are 50p and picture messages are 55p. Any data you use is £1.50/MB. For terms and info (inc. call charges to other destinations) go to http://www.vodafone.co.uk/travelling or call +441635691700 free from your Vodafone mobile. For emergency services call 112. Have a good trip.”
We both put our phones onto aeroplane mode, evidently not until after Clare had used 2 MB of data. We didn’t think about turning off the car MiFi, which sends a small amount of data to the van’s Sat Nav giving traffic information. What an expensive oversight that was – £39 to know that Andorra’s roads were free from traffic congestion.
Tomorrow we enter Monaco. We will stop and put both phones onto aeroplane mode and switch off the car MiFi.
We will have to do the same if we make it to San Marino, thankfully Amarillo is highly unlikely to be allowed into the Vatican City which has produced its own Highway Code:
i You shall not kill.
ii The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
iii Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
iv Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
v Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
vi Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
vii Support the families of accident victims.
viii Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
ix On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
x Feel responsible towards others.
Unfortunately, “Thou shall not charge innocent travellers usurers rates for MiFi” has been omitted from the above.