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Old 09-09-2009, 12:03 AM
 
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A woman buys an iPhone, goes to Europe, and unknowingly amasses a $500 bill after four days overseas. By the time she reaches AT&T, the total is around $5,000.

iPhone: How to get hit with a $5,000 bill without making a phone call - This Just In - Budget Travel
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:05 AM
 
Location: southern california
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somebody steals the sim card (not the phone, just the card) puts it in anothe phone and makes the charges. unlike a credit card you are obligated to the entire amount. an unattended cell phone, a 5000 dollar train wreck fixing to happen.
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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somebody steals the sim card (not the phone, just the card) puts it in anothe phone and makes the charges. unlike a credit card you are obligated to the entire amount. an unattended cell phone, a 5000 dollar train wreck fixing to happen.
The article has nothing to do with stolen anything, it's the person not understanding their contract.
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Yup. The irony is that because the iPhone has wi-fi she could have continued to check email, send photos, and browse the web for free, had she just disabled data roaming and 3G and found a wifi spot. She didn't understand that her roaming charges would be through the roof.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:22 PM
 
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I got an email from AT&T today about how to travel with your iPhone to avoid unnecessary charges - wonder if its related to this?
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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somebody steals the sim card (not the phone, just the card) puts it in anothe phone and makes the charges. unlike a credit card you are obligated to the entire amount. an unattended cell phone, a 5000 dollar train wreck fixing to happen.
That is why I change out my SIM card to a pre paid when I go to Canada.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Meeami
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This has happened to my friend a few times, he was able to amass a $1400 bill, while he was out of the country 26 days out of the month. After going round and round with them, he still paid $400 as he loves the iphone, and needs it for work, although he can no longer travel with it (after the international data rate issue). This time the phone wasn't with him, was in his house, someone cloned the sim or something. Second time its happened to him, they make you fight till the end to get the charges off (what they did, get this, is only make him pay the roaming, for the calls made in and from other countries). He only worked in the bahamas so there was no way it was him and actually he got back into the country and made calls from ft lauderdale, and they STILL made him pay the roaming (that day) for calls made from china (that day).
The iphone would be a good thing, were it not tethered to at&t. It has kind of turned them into the gestapo.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:48 AM
 
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Maybe next time she'll disable data roaming because the iPhone continuiously uses data for checking to see if you have any emails etc even if you're not using it, especially if push notifications is turned on. Lesson learned.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: New York
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Even if she was roaming this is too much, $5,000 in 4 days is ridiculous.

This wouldn't have been me, I wouldn't have paid anything lol. At least I can learn from her mistakes so I'll know what to do when I get an iPhone.
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