Verizon Waives Teen's $21,917 Data Fee
Teens and mobile phones don't mix.
Imagine heading out to the mailbox, opening the lid to its ominous mouth, and pulling out the Verizon Wireless bill. Imagine standing there at the box, cracking open the envelope in hopes of a decent charge, only to see that your teen has racked up over $21,000 in data charges. Now imagine your explosive reaction.
According to KTVU-TV in San Jose, California, an unemployed Ted Estarija from Hayward added his 13-year-old son to his Verizon Wireless account, costing him $50 extra a month. But his first month's bill under the new pricing plan was just a little more than the extra fee: it was a whopping $21,918.
When Estarija set up his son's account, he requested that Verizon restrict calls and texting. What he didn't do was ask for restrictions on data. That, of course, was a mistake: the 13-year-old teen downloaded approximately 1.4 GB in just one month. Naturally, Estarija blames Verizon for the bill, claiming that it shouldn't have allowed the obscene amount of downloads.
However, there's a glimmer of sunshine: Verizon listened to his plea and credited his account for the full amount thanks to all the media attention he's received thus far, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Estarija thus kicked his son off the Verizon Wireless account. There's no indication on what happened to his son's phone, or what was actually downloaded.
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