Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges

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After learning of the team's dilemma, Russian mobile phone operator Megafon offered to cancel the debt and put the project on a special, cheaper tariff.

The team had started crowdfunding on social media to pay off the bills.

The birds left from southern Russia and Kazakhstan.

The journey of one steppe eagle, called Min, was particularly expensive, as it flew to Iran from Kazakhstan.
 

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I heard this on the radio today. I bet they got the shock of their lives when all the texts started coming through - and then the bill...

Really glad the mobile company has stepped in. It’s great to see researchers paying their own way to avoid any conflicts of interest, or having their research called into question due to Perceived bias, but I hope their diligence in being open and trying to get the additional funding themselves will make the research and the results just as viable.