5G roaming: Telekom, Vodafone and O2 offer 5G use abroad


Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and Telefónica/O2 expand 5G roaming opportunities inside and outside the EU. So far limited to very few countries, fast mobile communications can now also be used abroad. Telekom is the broadest, followed by Vodafone and O2 is there for the first time.

When roaming, the home SIM card can remain in the smartphone and, with the appropriate setting, can also be used in a foreign network. Within the EU and, depending on the provider, also in Great Britain, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, roaming is possible free of charge. Outside the EU, appropriate packages must be booked or higher costs for telephony and data must be accepted. So far, roaming was primarily limited to LTE, 5G could only be used with a German SIM card in very few countries.

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In the last few days, first O2, later also Vodafone and today Telekom have significantly expanded their 5G roaming offers. Telekom is making the biggest leap forward with what is now (nearly) the widest range of products. The network operator enables 5G roaming in 45 countries in the networks of 63 partners, so that in many countries the networks of more than one foreign partner can be used automatically by the end device. As of the end of June 2022, Telekom is offering 5G roaming in the following countries:

Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Croatia, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Oman, Austria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, USA, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus

5G roaming Deutsche Telekom

5G roaming is only free within the EU, outside of the EU there are charges which are capped by the EU at an amount of 59.50 euros and again at 119 euros by disconnecting the internet connection. Telekom offers daily, weekly and monthly passes that offer a reduced data volume or allow use of the domestic data volume for use outside the EU.


Vodafone enables 5G roaming after the current expansion in 22 EU countries and 19 countries outside the EU. The same conditions apply as with other providers, so that there are no additional costs within the EU and consumption is billed according to minutes, SMS and data consumption outside the EU, provided no special packages have been booked. As of the end of June 2022, Vodafone supports 5G roaming in the following countries:

Australia, Bahrain, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus

5G roaming Vodafone

A comparison of the two largest providers in Germany shows that Telekom can boast of an extremely popular travel destination in the USA, while Vodafone supports Great Britain, which is important for business trips, as well as Australia and New Zealand.


While Telekom and Vodafone already supported 5G roaming before the current expansion, Telefónica is new with O2 . Accordingly, the offer is currently even smaller and is limited to free use within the EU. The network operator wants to successively expand access to the 5G network to other countries and partners in the coming months. As of the end of June 2022, O2 supports 5G roaming in the following countries:

Belgium, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia, Spain, Czech Republic

5G roaming Telefónica/O2