You won't be able to use the 4G network while you're abroad due to differences in the frequencies used, but don't worry - you can still use your 4G device on 2G and 3G.

Similarly, if friends from overseas visit the UK with a 4G device, they'll be able to connect to the 2G and 3G networks. But they won't be able to roam on to 4G because of differences in frequencies.

On most devices, switching between 4G and 2G/3G should happen automatically but for some networks in certain countries you may have to manually turn off 4G and use 3G instead. Once you've done that, you can manually select a network from a list on your phone.  Manual selection of your network applies in the following countries.

Finland                                          DNA                                       
 Venezuela  Digitiel
 UAE  Du, Etisalat

How to manually turn off 4G

Follow these set up instructions so you can connect to a 3G network while you're abroad.


Tap apps > settings > more settings > network > network mode > select 3G


Tap apps settings > more > network > network mode > select 3G only


Tap settings > general > cellular > enable LTE > switch to the OFF position


Tap settings > mobile network > network mode > 3G only 

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