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A cellphone bill roams to the stratosphere
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 09:56:19 -0400



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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: August 27, 2008 3:00:46 PM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] A cellphone bill roams to the stratosphere

A cellphone bill roams to the stratosphere
LA Times
David Lazarus
Consumer Confidential

Santa Monica resident Aurelie Foucaut traveled last month to Paris with her two kids. During a brief stopover in Montreal, she made six calls on her BlackBerry to friends and family members, each lasting less than three minutes.

Foucaut's wireless bill from T-Mobile arrived a few weeks ago. It included $59.77 in ordinary usage charges. It also included a $2,367.40 "data service roaming charge" for nearly 158 megabytes' worth of Internet access while in Montreal -- the equivalent of downloading about 80 novels.

"How is this possible?" Foucaut, 41, wanted to know. "I never go on the Internet with my phone. I don't download into my BlackBerry. I don't even know how to do it."

<http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus27-2008aug27,0,6811324,print.column >
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