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European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

European Union to Continue Ban on Mobile Roaming Fees For Another Decade

The European Union extended its so-called “Roam Like At Home” rule concerning roaming fees charged by mobile operators for another decade.
The measure, which first went into effect on July 1, 2017, was extended to 2032.
The “Roam Like at Home” rule means that every EU resident’s home plan will work anywhere in the European Union at no additional cost.
When it went into effect, the United Kingdom was still part of the …

Vienna Named the World’s Most Livable City

Vienna regained the title of the world’s most livable city after losing the spot last year amidst coronavirus restrictions.
The City of Music had held the title in 2018 and 2019 in the annual list that is compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
In 2021, it fell to 12th place as cafés, concert halls, museums, and restaurants remained closed.
Known for images of the Blue Danube, castles and cafés, sweets, and Strauß waltzes, …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 22: Start of Summer Brings New Covid Wave in Europe, New York Downgrades Alert Level

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – June 22: Start of Summer Brings New Covid Wave in Europe, New York Downgrades Alert Level

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 804th day of the pandemic
Observant readers will have noticed the now daily and significant increases in new cases in the European countries we track, as the new omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 take hold throughout the continent.  The rising numbers raise fears of a new global wave of the virus …

T-Mobile Announces Free Worldwide and In-Flight Data, 25 Cent Shell Gas Discount, and Free Roadside Assistance

T-Mobile Announces Free Worldwide and In-Flight Data, 25 Cent Shell Gas Discount, and Free Roadside Assistance

At its Uncarrier event on Thursday, T-Mobile USA announced free high-speed data for virtually all countries, free in-flight data with major U.S. airlines, a free year of AAA membership including roadside assistance, and a $0.25-per-gallon discount at Shell filling stations, all as part of its new “Coverage Beyond” suite of enhanced benefits for mobile subscribers.
The self-proclaimed “Uncarrier” also added a new travel hub in partnership with Priceline offering up to …

Germany Introduces €9 Monthly Ticket for Local and Regional Travel

Germany Introduces €9 Monthly Ticket for Local and Regional Travel

The German government announced a €9 ($9.65) monthly public transport ticket that will be valid throughout the country.
Dubbed the “9-Euro-Ticket,” the heavily discounted travel pass will be sold starting in June and available through the end of August.  It can be used on local and regional transport, such as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, as well as on Straßenbahnen, and trams, but not on long-distance buses or trains such as the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 11: EU Ends Mask Recommendation for Air Travel, Bill Gates Tests Positive

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – May 11: EU Ends Mask Recommendation for Air Travel, Bill Gates Tests Positive

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 762nd day of the pandemic.
The big news this morning is that the European Union said it will no longer recommend that member states mandate face masks on flights and in airports.  The news was announced by two EU agencies, the EU Aviation Safety Agency, known as EASA, and the European …

United Airlines Plots Major Expansion on Flights Between U.S. and Europe

United Airlines Plots Major Expansion on Flights Between U.S. and Europe

United Airlines announced on Tuesday what it termed the largest expansion in its history.
The airline will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights from mid-April through early June, adding new non-stop flights to the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France as well as to Jordan, Norway, Portugal, and Spain.
The list of cities to be served includes London, Milan, Munich, Nice, and Zürich in addition to Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; …