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In Brief;Orange Spain adds free EU roaming to Family pack 

Orange Spain has announced that all new and existing subscribers to its Canguro Familia convergent package can now benefit from free roaming in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The operator specified that the 'roam like home' offer, already available to Ballena customers, means Canguro Familia subscribers now have unlimited calls to all Spanish and EU numbers at no extra cost and can also use their 10GB mobile data bundle throughout EU zone 1. The offer has also been extended to all Canguro Familia 200 additional lines,said Orange.

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