Ping! Tweet! Ring! Swoosh! Every command from a mobile phone that European Union holidaymakers or business people made Thursday must have felt like deliverance.
As of June 15, there will officially be no more extra fees for using an EU handset in another EU country, the dreaded roaming charges that could add hundreds of euros to a vacation bill.
“It was about time! We should have done it from the beginning because there are only benefits,” said Malika Schreiber, a teacher from Frankfurt who was chaperoning 45 pupils under the Eiffel Tower during a school trip.
Depending on the number of wayward kids calling her, her bill could sometimes swell by 100 euros ($111). Not anymore.
“Now I am happy that everyone can reach me every day,” Schreiber said.
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