Welcome to my website, about work, life, and other stuff.

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Welcome to my website, about work, life, and other stuff.

It's a personal website, so while some of the stuff here related to my work, much of it does not. On the whole, you'll find things about education, open access, digital technology and ICT, as well as about media, maths and science, across primary, secondary and higher education, both in European, African, and global contexts. If you dig for long enough, you'll also find things about music, languages, and archaeology.

You can contact me by email: bjoern (followed by AT sign) sciencemedianetwork (then a DOT) org

Note that this website is built on MediaWiki, and if you poke around for long enough, you'll also find the content is hosted on my wiki, which is a bit more experimental (and rough and ready) than the bits of the site that are my "official" website. The wiki links are marked with a little globe like this:.


B's blog, most recent: 20140917 Roaming call charges in the EU

Roaming call charges in the EU

Roaming used to cost a lot. Using a UK SIM card in Europe, you could easily pay over a pound per minute, both to make and receive calls. However, in seems that phone operators greediness led to European Union regulations.

Through EU regulation, currently the maximum charges are around 20p to make and around 5p to receive calls (per minute), when roaming in the EU. That's much better than what it was (and the cost has come down over the last few years to what it is now). Moreover, it looks like roaming charges are set to disappear completely by the end of 2015.

Of course operators are complaining. However, in the past I did have a German SIM card which I used in Germany, and had also bought an international SIM card, with better rates for Europe. Now, I'll just use my usual UK SIM, so it's probably not fully justified.

Most operators charge the maximum allowed. Interestingly, Virgin Mobile doesn't charge at all for incoming calls (in the EU).

Some links: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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