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Man Gets an $85,000 Cell Phone Bill for Modem Use

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http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/61440

 

Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:01PM EST

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We've seen $3,000 cell phone bills. We've seen $10,000 cell phone bills. But now we've got a bill that's approaching six figures, as a Canadian man has been hit with an $85,000 invoice.

 

And no, it's not a computer error.

 

Piotr Staniaszek had been using his cell phone as a modem for his computer, thinking he was covered under his $10-a-month unlimited mobile browser plan from Canadian telco Bell Mobility. He actually caught the bill at $65,000. When he called to complain, he was told that it had hit $85,000 for the use since the bill was mailed.

 

The likely problem is that Staniaszek got understandably confused about what his recently signed $10 data plan covered. Such plans often cover data use on the phone itself (such as texting or using the built-in browser on the phone), but not when it's used as a modem with a PC. (Without going into extreme detail, the connection types are different, and the phone company can tell the difference between the two types of traffic.) Bell Mobility has dropped the bill to just $3,243, but Staniaszek is still fighting it. (Of course.)

 

Staniaszek also notes that the phone company should have notified him when charges started to spiral out of control; previously he'd gotten a call when he racked up a mere $100 in charges on his old data plan. Now his bill climbs into the thousands and no one bats an eye. I'd be peeved, too.

 

Remember that all cell phone plans are not created equally, and "data" has numerous definitions. Before you connect your phone to your computer, make sure you understand the charges you're setting yourself up for, and check your usage on your phone company's website periodically (especially if you're using your phone for something new) so that you don't get slapped with any financial surprises.

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I keep forgetting to close the broswer correctly on my blackberry, i'm new to this shit, and I'm afraid what my bills going to be like..........

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we were paying $20 each for unlimited internet from tmobile on our two blackberrys but we canceled that shit.. such a waste of money if you have internet at home.

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Fool should have known he was gonna over like fat rat. Phone companies are the new mob.

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For reals

 

theyre some assholes

 

i couldnt even get a phone activated on a line unless i had a certain plan

 

what the fuck?

 

i just want to make phone calls and text

 

and if i dont want that other shit i shouldnt be obligated to pay for it

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i get charged for people sending me pictures even if i dont open them

it's bullshit

 

i got 78 pictures sent one pay period and i owed like a 400$ bill.

i didnt open any of em.

 

fuck cingular/at&t

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CACash, they made you an offer you couldn't refuse.

 

oh i refused it allright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...with etchbath on their window

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Guest shai_hulud
this question was worded in a way that it seems you are about to warn me about something.

 

No, more like if dude got a $85,000 bill then a Ethernet connection in your car sounds like trouble.

 

I just go with a prepaid phone. I never use the phone...actually, I can't remember the last time I used my cell...or where it is, even. I think it's in my bag.

 

I use the landline here to call people about once a week, and the call is usually less than three minutes.

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Canadian Phone companies for you.

 

Homeboy is from around my hometown. They neglected to mention hes a rig worker too, so hell pay that off in what like 3 days?

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oh i refused it allright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...with etchbath on their window

 

Fucking rebels.

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