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 PostPost subject: What Would You do If you Got a 96,000$ mobile phone bill?        Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:08 pm 
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96,000 mobile phone bill:

AN oil field worker in western Canada was shocked this month to be charged $A96,000 for surfing the internet on his new mobile phone.

Calgary resident Piotr Staniaszek, 22, had signed up for Bell Canada's mobile phone service at about $US150 ($A170) per month, with unlimited mobile web browsing.

He believed the plan allowed him to use the phone to connect with his computer, using it as a modem to download a lot of data, high-definition movies and other bandwidth-hungry applications.

But when his first bill arrived in the mail, Staniaszek realised to his horror that the company was charging him on a per-kilobyte basis for internet downloads.

"I didn't know what to think. I thought there was probably a mistake,'' he told Canadian public broadcaster CBC.

"I told them I wasn't aware that I would be charged for hooking up my phone to the computer.''

A spokesman for Bell said the company will adjust Staniaszek's bill to $US3,243 ($A3687), as "a measure of goodwill''.

But Staniaszek said he still plans to try and fight it, "because I didn't know about the extra charges. Nobody explained any of this to me'".

"The thing is, they've cut my phone off for being like 100 dollars over,'' he told CBC News. "Here, I'm 85,000 dollars over and nobody bothered to give me a call and tell me what was going on


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:38 pm 
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Unfortunately most cell carriers are trying to milk the data streams for as much as they can. In the old days there were limited data slots availible on each base station, so they needed to charge money to stop people from DoSing phone calls.
These days they seem to have a unwritten agreement that they don't compete.
My carrier (Telenor Mobil) charges about £1 per day of use for GPRS and £5-6 for 3G, the competitors charge £2 per megabyte, regardless of how much you use, so the tide is turning somewhat.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:07 pm 
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2 pounds per megabyte! HOLY COW,how can they justify that price?


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2 pounds per megabyte! HOLY COW,how can they justify that price?

My provider charges even more IIRC (for GPRS).


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Verizon charges USD15 per MB if you don't have a plan, I think. It's absurd..


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this is a scam! it reminds me of when the internet first went public and you were paying 10.00 a minute to be on the net.


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If your in australia.... and your on Telstra Next-G...if you download 1GB in excess you have to pay $15,000 in excess data...

Same with internet with them, unless your on the liberty plan (where your shaped to 64k) you get excess fees of $150/gb


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:33 pm 
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HOLY F%^&**G DUCKSHIT! , im glad i didnt go 3g then, i just bought a moto v3 to replace my cdma phone ( its damn shame ,i love my old siemens a52 )


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Thats why I changed networks :P


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