Data roaming charges for tablet devices like the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab are 1,000 times more than what wireless carriers charge for local use in the UK.
According to a study data roaming charges for UK tablet devices conducted by consumer organisation Which? (opens in new tab), unsuspecting consumers who use data services on their tablet devices abroad are in for a terrible bill shock.
UK wireless carriers often fail to properly specify data roaming charges on their networks, especially for tablet PC devices.
Data charges in the UK for tablet devices start from as low as £7.50 a month for 1GB of data. However, many UK wireless carriers charge £1 for 1MB of data used abroad, which could bring the total data roaming charges for using 1GB of data oversees to £1,000.
The Which? study specified data roaming fees charged by Three, O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile in France and the US.
According to the study, Three charges £1.28 per MB in France, resulting in a total bill of £1,311 if users use 1GB of data. In the US, Three charges £3 per MB, with users incurring a total bill of £3,072 for using 1GB of data.