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How much will it cost to use my phone when flying, or sailing on a cruise ship or a ferry?

Using your phone on a plane

In-flight calling (where permitted by the airline) is charged at different rates, depending on whether you’re a Pay monthly or a Pay as you go customer. Our Travelling Abroad page shows the costs, just type ‘airlines’ into the ‘Where are you travelling to’ search box. 

Using your phone on a ferry or cruise ship

Vodafone’s maritime rates, which can apply on cruise ships, ferries and oil rigs, also vary, depending on whether you’re a Pay monthly, or a Pay as you go customer. Our Travelling Abroad page shows the costs of these calls, simply type ‘maritime’ into the ‘Where are you travelling to’ search box. 

A call on a cruise ship, ferry or oil rig often uses a maritime network that will be registered in a country rather than your location at sea. This is why a call made on a ferry between Portsmouth and Spain could show on your bill as ‘Iceland’ or as ‘Maritime,’ ‘AT&T’ or ‘Satellite,’ depending on the country the network is registered in.

Maritime networks can be picked up on land too, especially if you’re close to a port. If this happens and you’d rather connect to a local network, just follow these simple steps:

1. Go to Settings

2. Choose Phone settings

3. Pick a network

The cost to use your phone on a plane or at sea, outside the UK, is detailed on our Travelling Abroad page

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