The $84,000 cellphone bill

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

And you thought a $3000 iPhone bill was outrageous. Reuters is reporting that Piotr Staniaszek, a 22-year-old oil field worker from rural northwest Alberta, Canada, received a C$85,000 ($83,700) cell phone bill. The charges have been reduced by C$3400, but his cellphone provider apparently is planning on collecting the remaining C$81,300 – C$60,000 of which are tied to use in November.

The background of the story is controversial and the case whether these charges are justified or not could swing both ways. Staniaszek reportedly received the phone as a present from his father and thought he could use the phone as a PC modem through Bell Mobility’s C$10 unlimited browser plan. The 22-year old went and downloaded massive amounts of data, such as movies, and claims that he was unaware of the charges this would incur.