U.S. Teen’s Big Cell Bill — This is Why You Need a Data Plan

By Brian Schultz

TelephoneThis is becoming a common occurrence among cell phone users, particularly those unaware of the costs associated with their mobile use.

A 13-year-old in California racked up a total of $21,917 on his father’s Verizon account after being added to the family plan.

The data usage charges were from downloading 1.4 million kilobytes of data his first month with the phone, which is equivalent to downloading about 200 songs, or watching one hour of video.

In this case, Verizon has agreed to waive the charges.

In September, a Winnipeg teen racked up $17,193 in charges on his Rogers cell phone while roaming outside the country. Rogers significantly reduced the amount needing to be paid, but the issue was still dissected in the local blogosphere.


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