CAMBRIDGE, England, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- According to independent consumer website Broadband Genie, downloading one television show via mobile broadband while abroad on holiday could cost more than the rest of the trip combined. As the summer holidays get into full swing, Broadband Genie is keen to remind travellers the cost of using mobile broadband dongles abroad can be incredibly expensive.

Many family holidays cost under GBP2,000 - less than the cost of downloading an episode of your favourite crime drama or sitcom outside of the EU. The stark reality is some mobile broadband habits you have at home equate to bank breakers once you leave the country.

From July 1, the wholesale cost of data in the EU (ie, what suppliers pay each other) was capped at 1 euro per MB by the European Commission. UK mobile broadband providers 3, T-Mobile and Vodafone have all reduced prices to GBP1.50 per MB or less for EU roaming. However, this is still much more expensive than UK data roaming, while non-EU roaming can still cost more than GBP6 per MB. All the details you need can be found at

A single TV episode can be 200MB to 550MB, depending on quality. A film will be anywhere from 700MB to more than 1.5GB. At GBP6 per MB, that must-see episode of The Wire (at, say, 350MB) could set you back more than GBP2,000, while a DVD quality film could be a staggering GBP9,000. Even at Vodafone's market-leading rate of GBP9.99 for 50MB in the EU, a 350MB show would cost GBP70 - customers on 3 or T-Mobile would be looking at an EU bill around GBP500.

At GBP6 per MB, per episode:

Eastenders (200MB) GBP1,200; CSI (350MB) GBP2,000; Dexter in HD (550MB) GBP3,300.

Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said: The most popular services such as the BBC iPlayer and Sky Player only work in the UK, but there are many ways to download shows and films online.

If you feel you have to take a UK mobile broadband dongle on holiday, make sure everyone understands it's for basic browsing only. Otherwise, you could be in for a nasty surprise on your return.

For all you need to know about broadband roaming abroad, visit our international broadband guide ( band-account).


1. Broadband Genie is the UK's leading independent broadband and mobile broadband comparison website, providing consumers with an unbiased source of information on broadband prices and contracts and allowing them to compare broadband providers in an independent environment. Broadband Genie was launched in March 2004 as the first dedicated consumer comparison site for broadband, while Mobile Broadband Genie was the first independent mobile broadband comparison site, launched in October 2007. Both sites are among the most popular sites in their respective fields, and regularly feature in the national press. /

2. All queries and interview requests should be directed to Chris Marling at Broadband Genie: t +44(0)844-415-5531 / f +44(0)871-6618553 / m +44(0)7908-327303 /

All queries and interview requests should be directed to Chris Marling at Broadband Genie: t +44(0)844-415-5531 / f +44(0)871-6618553 / m +44(0)7908-327303 /