13 year old runs up Verizon bill to $22,000

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    Teen runs up dad's cell bill to nearly 22,000 - Yahoo! News

    So glad for the data plan and it was nice for them to credit the father's account :)
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    wow. crazyness
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    Wow that is pretty nuts. Kudos to Verizon for fixing the bill.
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    My wife sent me that, too much!
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    1.4 million Kb...

    So at 1,024Kb per Mb, that gives us 1,367Mb.

    Further math shows that it comes out to be $16.03 per megabyte? I haven't checked so I wouldn't know for sure, but... that just seems outrageous.
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    What was the father thinking giving a 13 year old a phone!!
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    This is why the unlimited plans are mandatory.
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    What's worse is that that comes out to be just short of 1.4 gigs, and judging by posts on this board, most people go well over that each month with their data plan.

    $22,000... good gosh.
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    Several people I know kids have gone over the text and MMS plans they have. I've explained that the unlimited data is the only way to go.
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    I am 15 with the droid and I had a phone since I was 12 and I have been responisble but not I have unlimited txting and data plan. Thank God. =.= Also that story is all of the news its amazing.
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    Unfortunately, your a rarity in today's society.
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    The kid HAD to have been tethering, or he had an older smartphone that lacked the need for a true data plan, and was the account was thus charged the per-KB rate.
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    i dont see this an issue... im 29 and have had a cellphone since i was a freshman(14 years old) in highschool back in the mid 90's. I have 2 cousins 1 is 12 and the other is 9 and they both have cellphones.
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    Uh article clearly states father didnt have a data plan.
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    the same charges would apply if you teather without a teathering plan. like using pdanet or something similar.
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    Yep but the fact that he didnt have a data plan, means theres no way of knowing whether he was tethering or just spending his whole days surfin. Ive had my phone for less then 2 weeks and well over a half a gig with no tethering, its not hard to get to huge data usage without tethering.
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    Even though I have an unlimited plan and wouldn't get a bill like that, my bill from Verizon only seems to show what I've used through 3G and that doesn't reflect accurately what the Droid has done overall.

    Basically, if it's nursing off my wi-fi (which it usually is) then data use doesn't count which is a don't-care monetarily because even if it did count it wouldn't cost me nothin' more but it screws up my stats. I'd like to know how actually useful the device is but it's online ... offline if that makes any sense.
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    agreed if it's a smartphone.

    but for some people spending an extra $30/mo doesn't make sense for something that should be free with the phone contract itself.
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    hahah also agree.

    i'm only 20 and even my generation is nowhere near as responsible as this kid. good job! I went over text limit my first 2 months, about 4 years ago when i first got texting, so my parents settled for the unlimited. Now they're texting and i'm getting out-texted by them LOL
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    LOL Cheers Dezymond. Thanks for the backup. Figured Id be flamed off this thread by the kiddies for stating the truth. Didnt expect anyone to back me up lol.