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    Arrow 20,000 text messages by man's daughter!!

    20,000 text messages in one month by man's daughter, and this father nor his wife was aware of the text messages. By the way, the cellular company is Verizon Wireless.

    One thing's for sure, in my opinion cellular companies should do a better job at explaining these add-ons and also what you can do to turn them off to make sure you don't get charged. What are your thoughts????

    At any rate, read and see the video link below.

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    April 10: A Wyoming teen racks up almost $5000 in text messages and her phone meets dad's hammer. KUSA's Adam Chodak reports

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    WOW...ouch. My mom is on my cell plan (she was laid off from work in December, so I'm paying all her bills for now), and I got her a BB Pearl with unlimited texting, because she texts like crazy. Well, I just got the March bill in the mail, and everything seemed fine, (I check the bill for all three lines and discrepancies), until her bill alone was $267, from a normal $109 a month. Come to find out that my 14 year old sister has been sneaking and using my mom's phone to use "Premium" texting services, such as "Joke a day", Horroscope a day, Special ringtones, Funny graphics, etc...ranging from $9.99 to $19.99 a month. I remember putting a block on her line to disable "Premium" Services, but for some reason, my sister was still able to make those charges. I called Verizon to Biatch, and they told me that they will check into it, and they "MAY" refund those charges. I asked them....MAY? I have the block on her account, and I was told it would be investigated....until then, I have to pay this bill.

    Needless to say, I'm pissed off at Verizon. I'm not mad at my mom, but I told my sister that if she EVER does this again, I'm going to put her fingers in a Vice and break each one of them. I told her that she better go and pawn her IPod and sell some of her CD's to cough up the money.

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    Oh man, wow TDetroit

    Yes indeed that does hurt!!

    That's almost a $150 increase in just one month. Yes, I truly think the companies must do better to help protect against such things from happening. Your situation is a point well taken. And what makes it so bad is that you did put a block but the block was somehow circumvented



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    I saw that on the news. This kind of happened with me with Tmobile. I switched back over to the Blackberry data plan from the G1 plan and they forgot to add txtng and my bill for the month was 2,400.00 Im like WHAT!?! ha, they took care of it though.

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    lol i bet she aint getting another phone until shes 18. if she does shes getting one of those phones that you can only call like 3 people. damn 10000 texts, i think the most i sent was like 4000 and i thought that was alot



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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackberryOS View Post
    I saw that on the news. This kind of happened with me with Tmobile. I switched back over to the Blackberry data plan from the G1 plan and they forgot to add txtng and my bill for the month was 2,400.00 Im like WHAT!?! ha, they took care of it though.
    Hey there BlackberryOS... I bet you almost lost your mind with that bill, and your heart stopped beating and you needed to be revived right? lol.... man oh man.... hehehehehe....

    Quote Originally Posted by blindman4556 View Post
    lol i bet she aint getting another phone until shes 18. if she does shes getting one of those phones that you can only call like 3 people. damn 10000 texts, i think the most i sent was like 4000 and i thought that was alot
    Well, if she were my daughter she wouldn't be getting another phone either. She could not have been doing anythings besides texting.... no home work, no sleeping, no eating.... I cannot imagine 10,000 texts in a month's time.... And you blindman4556, you sent 4000.... I can't imagine that either... lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by statustray View Post
    Hey there BlackberryOS... I bet you almost lost your mind with that bill, and your heart stopped beating and you needed to be revived right? lol.... man oh man.... hehehehehe....



    Well, if she were my daughter she wouldn't be getting another phone either. She could not have been doing anythings besides texting.... no home work, no sleeping, no eating.... I cannot imagine 10,000 texts in a month's time.... And you blindman4556, you sent 4000.... I can't imagine that either... lol...
    ya i no i almost shit my pants with 4000, luckily at the time i had like 1500 texts so it wasnt so bad on the bill, it still a shitty bill. 3 days later i signed up for the unlimited texts lol....and someone double check my math but she would have to send 1 text every 2.16 minutes for that whole month...i think your right, i dont think she slept and she probably texted with one hand and ate with the other lol damn

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    Has anyone done the math on this?

    Taking into consideration a standard 30 day month, and all standard texts.

    Just straight data:
    20,000 texts in one month (aka 30d, or 720 hrs, or 43,200 min)
    = 666.67 txts/day
    = 27.78 txts/hr
    = 0.46 txts/min
    = 2.16 min/txt

    Now, lets take out 6 hrs per day for sleep and 40 hrs per week for school
    20,000 texts in one month (aka 30d, or 380 hrs, or 22,800 min)
    = 666.67 txts/day
    = 52.63 txts/hr
    = 0.88 txts/min
    = 1.14 min/txt

    How can you NOT notice your child either sending or receiving a text every minute? And this is EVERY DAY. I have seen my wife run up 168 texts in one day, and EVERYONE in our group noticed it.
    Last edited by vader7071; 04-15-2009 at 09:07 AM. Reason: Spell check failed again....lol

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