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World Cup fans could spend £5,000 phoning home
Jun 3rd, 2014 by elisa

Phone charges abroad can be a tricky issue, particularly when you’re on a contract, where your phone bill for calling home could skyrocket with roaming charges before you know it. 

Today’s Metro newspaper reports that England football fans visiting Brazil for the World Cup could end up with around £5,000 mobile phone bills due to the uncapped roaming charges in the host country.

Price comparison website, uSwitch.com is warning fans that they could be charged £465 a day because the charges are uncapped, plus they could spend £22 for a five minute phone call or to send 10 texts back home.

“Data caps that most networks will automatically opt customers into are very easy to opt out of by text – and it can be tempting to do so, particularly if footie fans get carried away by World Cup fever and want to send a picture message via Whatsapp or Skype friends and family from the stadium,” said uSwitch.com’s Ernest Doku.

Dataroam.co.uk offers a special Brazil data SIM card to avoid the expensive data charges with 30 day packages starting at £59.99.

If you have a smartphone it is probably wise to turn off the data roaming option on your phone all together, only switching it on when you really need it. Contacting your network provider to check costs before you go away, and if there are any special international data/call bundles would be wise; plus consider using a local SIM card to make cheaper calls to your fellow fans while in Brazil.

Foreign airlines could operate internal flights during World Cup
Jan 6th, 2014 by elisa

Foreign airlines may be able to operate internal flights during this year’s football World Cup, according to the Brazilian president’s chief of staff, Gleisi Hoffmann.

Ms Hoffman said President Dilma Rousseff was considering the move in order to prevent extortionate price hikes on internal flights during the popular event. The Brazilian constitution grants the president powers to rule by decree in special circumstances, which means if decided, the measure could be introduced in good time for the start of the World Cup.

“We have not taken a decision as yet, but if there is abuse, that is one of the measures being considered,” Ms Hoffman told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

“We have held meetings with hotel owners and the airlines. We want all the businesses to get a return for their investment during the major events [Brazil is hosting], but prices must be fair,” she said.

The BBC reports that Fifa, the world football governing body, has also expressed concern over the wider infrastructure, such as lack of visitor accommodation and overcrowding at airports.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said that “Brazil has now realised that it started up too late”.

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