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$27,000 Phone Bill for 3 Hrs WEB Use
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Posted 2/25/09
How much are you/your family willing to pay for web use? Can you share any bad things on web use relative to bills? Moreover this a a general thread on web use so anything on it can be discussed and posted here.

Man gets $27,000 phone bill after watching Bears game on web

On November 2, Wayne Burdick (not pictured) was aboard a cruise ship in Miami waiting to depart on a Caribbean cruise. While still docked at the port, he set up his laptop and wireless card and accessed his Slingbox device which allowed him to watch a Chicago Bears game via an Internet connection. When the game was over, Burdick closed his computer, embarked on the cruise and returned home to find a bill from AT&T charging him over $27,000 for the three hours of Internet usage.

Apparently, AT&T had charged Brudick the international rate for the access. At two cents per kilobyte, the total charge was $27,788.93 for the time spent watching the game, which breaks down to about $6,500 per Rex Grossman interception.

Burdick pled his case to AT&T, saying he was still at the port and not in roaming territory. After speaking with nearly a half-dozen people at the company, he managed to get the bill down to $6,000, even though he provided documentation that he was still technically in Miami at the time he used his wireless card.

Eventually, the whole matter was settled after Burdick contacted Team Fixer at the Chicago Sun-Times and they contacted the phone company. AT&T acknowledged its mistake, saying that Burdick's device was picking up a signal it shouldn't have been.

At least Burdick's efforts were worth it. The Bears beat the Lions that afternoon, 27-23.

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That's why you don't use your internet phone service on your computer and or labtop... especially when your being charged internationally.
Posted 2/25/09
yea, da bears!
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Posted 2/25/09
haha. that's what you get
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Posted 2/25/09
lool seems fair enouth cant really complain
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Posted 2/25/09
damn thats crazy
he should of just watched it on you tube like everyone else
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Posted 2/25/09
I love bears!!!
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69 / M / Limbo
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Posted 2/25/09
Now hes down 6 grand.
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24 / M / O.C. So.Cal
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Posted 2/25/09
AT&T charged me 100bucks cuz I used 15min of international phone call BS
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24 / F / Iowa
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Posted 2/25/09
Yea the world is lame with its high charges.
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25 / M / Cavite, Philippines
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Posted 2/26/09
Oh my... greedy companies.
Posted 3/21/09
haha, thats why i don't use my phone for internet >_> waste of money.
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Posted 3/21/09
That mans lucky, his laptop can last for hours on its own, but my laptop can only last 40 minutes on its own!
Posted 3/21/09
yikes thats a lot of money......lol man i didnt know you could rack up a bill so fast
Posted 3/21/09
That article is a fucking lie.
He was probably hiring the services of an internet prostitute via webcam.

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