Woman horrified with phone bill of R3.5m

Woman horrified with phone bill of R3.5m

Bills, Bills, Bills...Can you pay my bills? Can you pay my telephone bills? Destiny's Child said it best. 

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Month end comes with happy and sad faces. 

Happy is the person who hears their phone beep with the notification of their salary coming into their bank accounts, and sad is the person who hears the beeps of all your debit orders going off. 

It seems just as we receive we have to let go... the nature of life. But an even sadder reality is when you receive an unexpected debit or bill. 

A story that got us thinking about receiving bills that are unexpected happened a while back. It involved a woman who received a shocking discovery when receiving her cellphone bill.

"Celina Aarons has her two deaf-mute brothers on her plan. They communicate by texting and use their phones to watch videos. Normally, that's not a problem. Aarons has the appropriate data plan, and her bill is about $175." (CBS

That's roughly R3,100.

The shocker happened when her brothers went to Canada for two weeks and Celina failed to change her package to suit international tariffs. 

Her cellphone service provider sent her a bill that came to a total of $201,000 (R3,560,694.90). 

After racking up what seemed like the most unreachable bill, she approached Miami TV station WSVN. 

They called the service provider, T-Mobile, and they ended up cutting her bill to $2,500 (R44,300), and she was given six months to pay off her bill. 


After giving her bill a closer look, it was said that "each text cost her an average of about $100.50, making even simple messages like 'OK' to meet for a pint" cost more than the pint. 

It got us thinking about being charged for something without knowing you are being charged for it. 

Has this ever happened to you before? 

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