Expensive way to download TV
Having broadband connectivity no matter where you go can prove expensive as one couple found after the wife had started the download of four episodes of Friends via her husbands mobile phone. Unfortunately the downloads did not complete while in the UK but when the phone was roaming in Germany resulting in a £11,000 bill from Vodafone.
This should act as a reminder to anyone with a data connection via a mobile device to ensure that large downloads are suspended or cancelled while abroad. Though this can be difficult to achieve with the amount of software that auto-updates these days.
Stories like this fall right into the lap of Viviane Reding, the EU commissioner for information, society and media who is pressuring the mobile companies to reduce the cost of roaming with respect to data transfer. Certainly it should be easy enough for mobile providers to append to the various 'welcome' text messages you receive when roaming abroad, details of data charges on the network you are using.