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British teen gets socked with $6000 cell bill after Big Apple trip

0. phoneArena 12 Jul 2013, 11:03 posted on

Casey Snook, a 14 year old from Britain, was having a great time during her family's 5 day jaunt to the Big Apple; armed with her Apple iPhone, Snook took a number of pictures to post to her Facebook page. Times Square, Grand Central Station, the Empire State Building, landmark after landmark was snapped by the camera on Snook's Apple iPhone...

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posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:06 7

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


lol fail

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:31 18

3. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 210; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


LOL! How many iphones or galaxies can you purchase with that whooping amount of $6000? She should've just bought a temporary sim card/ phone during that trip. Dumb ass teenager. Hahaa

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 12:01 11

11. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


That is the problem with buying a carrier locked phone.
Get an unlocked world phone pop in a pre-paid sim card and you are good to go no matter what country you are in.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 12:39 1

19. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


for that kind of money ,she could have bought a small hatchback even

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 18:42

41. Jack58221 (Posts: 154; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)


a car with OnStar... and some little Nikon camera.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 16:03 7

35. Syksyd (Posts: 55; Member since: 16 Apr 2010)


LMAO....Its funny how the mother says how can a company let a $75 bill get so high...Why is it up to the carrier to monitor YOUR bill and usage, they sent a txt warning, and it ultimately is the consumers fault for not watching their TEENAGER'S usage....Parents.....Fail!!!!!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:15 3

2. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


always turn off your data, a simpler solutions is either if you have an unlocked phone buy a sim with service where you are going on vacation and use it there, if not buy a phone there.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:35 13

4. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


It amazes me that when an article like this appears, the media goes completely out of its way to mention an iPhone even though it had nothing to do with brand of phone. Not once, not twice but three times, that this was done with her "iPhone" as though it couldn't happen with any other "Smartphone".

John B.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:45 25

7. Blazers (Posts: 434; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Because that is what she was using.....makes sense to me. Stop being so sensitive.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:50 6

8. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Not being sensitive. Just observant. I guess I will never purchase an iPhone because crap like what she experienced can happen only to iPhone users. Power of Media.

John B.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 12:25 11

14. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Well John B, that's where you're wrong, it can't happen with any other phone; it can only happen with an iPhone because users are accustomed to overage iFees and what not. Android devices have a few built in features that tell you where you are in case you don't know, among them:
1. Google Maps
2. Google Location

So, there, this inability to know one's locale is only uniQue to iPhone: the Best unSmartphone on the Planet.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 14:37 3

26. Hallucinator (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2010)


One of the dumbest post I have ever read and I read all of your post, so that is saying something.

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 02:30 1

51. 8logic (Posts: 148; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


though, one of the funniest lmfao

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 14:05 6

25. TOM928 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


In the past, I use Sony Xperia, Note one and now I am using Note two. Every time when I am in a different country, there is a notification indicating "No Internet Service" and ask user to turn on "Data Roaming". This mean on Android smart phones, "Data Roaming" is not on unless you go to setting and turn it on. I bet on iphone, "Data Roaming" is always on unless you turn it off. This is the difference and this is why iphone was mentioned in this article.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 16:45

37. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nope, my brother's iPhone 4 has data roaming off

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 15:38 1

33. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


To Slammer what this shows is the Level of smarts a average Iphone customer has. That is why she has the iphone in the first place.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 23:02

48. dome888 (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


+1....

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 17:46

40. darth8ball (Posts: 520; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Sounds like you are upset about the"name drop" I don't think it was a negative about the iPhone. It does soak to the lack of tech savvy people who buy iPhones though. Android users would know to disable roaming because Android devices don't think for its and make our decisions for us.
Also the parents need to be more in control of their kids

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 07:20

53. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


---" Sounds like you are upset about the"name drop""---

Not at all. The type of phone really has no relevance or bearing on the article whatsoever. The purpose of the article should be to present a lesson learned for "anyone" with "any type" of smartphone; not just an "iPhone".

John B.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 19:10

42. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Maybe article was trying to showcase that how dumb the user (iPhone) was ... oh forget everything ... iT just WORKS and so iT did for sure ... so what next?

Apple should now think of DUAL SIM PHONES iN addition to the "LEGO phones" that it's planning to release?

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 21:28

46. kgbeezr1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


I completely agree. We're talking about a 14 year old tween here, the fact that she was using an iPhone went without saying.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:37 6

5. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


That's why you should remove your sim card and buy a local one then subscribe to a prepaid unlimited internet! In the Philippines, it just cost you $1 for the SIM card and $20 for an unlimited 3G internet!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:50 3

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


THIS!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 13:32

23. Archan_Pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


But one does not simply "remove your sim card and buy a local one" if you use a phone that is carrier locked. Whenever my mom goes to the Philippines she would love to put her globe sim on but she can't. But yeah I miss Philippine prices xD

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 20:25

45. ThePro (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Still, if they knew she was gonna use internet, then they should have paid for a roaming data plan, which would cost for a 1GB plan for like $120, way cheaper.

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 02:01

50. Archan_Pe (Posts: 74; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Well I was talking about how hard putting a local sim on the phone is.. But yes I agree with you. They should have prepared for the trip and talked to Orange about travel bundles and they would have saved a lot more.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:41 9

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Happens when you give someone something that requires more understanding than what he or she's capable of processing.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 11:51 6

10. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


How do you not know about roaming charges? Unless you're extremely thick then you should know that you'll get charged for using your phone if you go overseas unless you set something up with your carrier. That's common sense when dealing with a cell phone carrier, I blame the parents on this for not telling their kid, who does not look 14, to not use the phone or for not setting up a temporary international plan.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 12:03 3

12. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Agreed. Parents hand out smartphones to their kids(as low as 8 yrs old) like candy. These same parents complain about high cell bills and broken phones they have to keep replacing.

I don't know who learned more here. The 14year old or her parents. I would hope both.

John B.

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 15:41 1

34. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


And who lets a 14 yr old go overseas alone. the parents had to have been there and saw her using it shame on the parents for blaming the company for taking advantage of the child

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