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Are You Roaming Mad?

Screaming MouthHave you ever come back from an international trip and seen your mobile phone bill? I have, and let me tell you, it’s not a pretty sight. It was rumored on one of my first trips for Nokia that I ran up a 1,000UKP phone bill! This was back in 1999, long before I knew better and certainly well before I understood how usurious mobile phone charges were. My last trip to Finland cost Nokia several hundred Euros in roaming voice and data charges.

While a company like Nokia has likely negotiated somewhat less egregious roaming rates with the major carriers, the fact is: the roaming charges are still out of line. And if you’ve run up quite a phone bill due to roaming charges, now you can get at least something for it.

Pat Phelan’s MAXroam service is looking for roaming horror stories. Each roaming horror story submitted between now and 15 January 2008 will earn you a 5 Euro voucher off the cost of a MAXroam SIM. The best horror story will win an 8GB iPod Touch! 10 runners up will get a 50 Euro top-up card for their MAXroam SIM.

I certainly don’t travel often enough internationally to have any truly bad horror stories, but I bet you do. Send the boys from Cork your story and get a little something back!


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