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Man billed 11,000 for downloading Friends
sem4u

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 2:32 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

The wife of a city executive cost her husband 11,000 after she downloaded four episodes of the sitcom Friends through his mobile phone while abroad.

The woman used the broadband package on his Vodafone mobile phone to order the programmes, which would have been free had the download taken place in Britain.

However, her husband flew to Germany on business while the download was still in progress and it resumed after he touched down, incurring the massive fees.

[telegraph.co.uk...]

A Vodafone spokesman said that they do inform their customers of the charges, and alert users who go over their bandwidth limit. He did also say that alerting customers using their phones abroad does take longer.

Have they never heard of sending a text message?

 

Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 3590831 posted 2:35 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is this not just a bill? 'Fined' is somewhat misleading if so (I'm aware this is the wording the Telegraph used).

sem4u

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 2:48 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes it is really a bill, but I bet that it feels more like a fine!

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 7:16 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Title fixed. :)

King_Fisher

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 7:58 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am fine with that!...KF

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 8:06 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Fine. But maybe Bill should have fixed it?

He did also say that alerting customers using their phones abroad does take longer.

Why? Are they using carrier pigeons for the notification?

[edited by: LifeinAsia at 8:08 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2008]

weeks

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 9:43 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Look, there should be some kind of filter on downloads. Or, at least at sign up:

--Check here if you don't mind paying $20,000 for a download?

Kind of like parental controls.

Old_Honky

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 5:50 pm on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Anyone who downloads friends deserves whatever they get. Hanging's too good for them.

sem4u

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 9:48 am on Mar 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes I forgot to add that bit, Old_Honky! ;)

Hunter

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Msg#: 3590831 posted 5:18 am on Mar 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

friends should not let friends download friends

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