NY Daily News posted an article recently about a man who received a $10,000 bill in roaming charges.
In order to keep the little ones entertained, he brought along a laptop fitted with a wireless connection to the Internet so the kids could watch movies via the popular streaming service.
“The kids were getting bored,” his son, Jason, told CBC News. “So we decided to watch Netflix on my air-card on my laptop.”
The children watched several movies, such as “Shrek,” “Spider-Man” and “Curious George.”
Gibson did not consider the cost, however, which skyrocketed due to the combination of constant Internet use and roaming charges.
“It was over $10,000,” he said. “I went, ‘Good Lord.'”
Normally I would go on an ethics rant about the constant use of television as a babysitter, but as an aside I do agree with the victim that there should be more of an alert about roaming charges from cellphone providers. I don’t expect that’ll actually happen since it’s money in their pockets, but still.
There are, however, some basic ideas for avoiding roaming charges, especially when traveling internationally. Such as using the wireless feature on your phone/laptop and turning off the data roaming feature. Of course, there are plans out there that have unlimited data plans and for a very fair price. I use a cheap Boost Mobile android phone myself that has unlimited everything.
Fortunately this story had a semi-happy ending in that his cellphone provider only charged him $1,000.
Amount Flushed Down the Money Drain: $1,000