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Mobile phone freedom for irish soccer fans in Paris

30,000 irish soccer fans descended on Paris for the international world cup game on Sat the 9th of October. They left behind a host of worried Mammys, wives and partners as they couldn’t be contacted due to the roaming service experiencing a melt down.
It must have seemed strange to these stalwart users of communication technology that they couldn’t text home the game play by play, or annoy their friends with pictures of their pub crawl around the Moulin Rouge.
For the older fans it probably brought back memories of Euro 88 and italia 90, ringing home once every few days to confirm that you were alive and that the “crack was mighty”. This new found freedom was however only a brief respite until they got home.