A feature was devoted to the exorbitant charges for using a mobile to make calls from abroad. Yet it wasn’t until 2017 that members of the European Parliament successfully forced phone companies to charge the same (low) prices anywhere in Europe.
A CD-ROM was fastened to an advert inside the issue to tempt readers to explore the Nokia 9210 Communicator, a state-of-theart mobile phone with a novel QWERTY keyboard that could send and receive faxes.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport was trialling iris recognition to improve security and speed up border checks; the Privium system still operates today. In contrast the UK’s iris scanning scheme, piloted at Heathrow in 2004, was abandoned in 2013.
Navigating the web
Online search engines were still rudimentary. “There are useful travel portals on the internet. It’s just finding them that’s the problem,” summarised one pundit at “Wonders of the Web” travel seminar.