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Scientists in Russia a shock when their phone bill . The bill was a lot bigger than they it to be. The reason was because the steppe eagle they were in their research too far from Russia. The scientists were the eagle as it across the European and Asian continents. The bird had SMS transmitters fitted to its body. This that when it flew outside Russia, the transmitters used the Internet services of other countries. The scientists thus had to data roaming charges. These are the charges you pay to use your mobile phone in other countries. The research team out of money after the eagle flew to Iran and Pakistan.

The team a page on a crowdfunding site to help money to pay the bill. The page was called "Top up the eagle's mobile". Bird lovers from around the world money to the page. The scientists $1,600 to pay the bill. Russia's mobile phone operator Megafon then of the scientists' problems and offered to cancel the debt. It also the team's phone package to one at a cheaper rate. The problem for the team when the eagle flew outside of Russia and Kazakhstan. An SMS in Kazakhstan cost 30 US cents, but one from Iran cost 50 cents. A scientist said he wanted the eagle to sending SMS data to his project, which will help all steppe eagles.

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