As the train crossed the Miño river, I pulled out my smartphone and turned off the data connection. I was entering Portugal, which meant any non-wifi internet browsing done from my phone would be subject to roaming charges. I opened my book and read during the rest of the journey.
Had I taken this trip only a week later, things would have been different. As of today, roaming charges are a thing of the past in the European Union, meaning any mobile user with a SIM card from any member state (and a contract with a mobile carrier — prepaid cards are not included) can move freely across the EU without having to worry about finding a massive phone bill when she gets back home. It also means that the forced digital detox many of us got just from crossing the border will be harder to achieve.