Wireless

by Mike Masnick




It Takes A Suicide To Make Korean Telcos Realize Mobile Data Fees Are Too High?

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

We've heard plenty of stories over the years about the absolutely ridiculous bills people have received for mobile data, when they didn't realize just how much their mobile operators charge. You would think that the stories of these bills might make the operators recognize that perhaps something was wrong with their billing rates where someone could receive a bill for thousands of dollars a month for simply playing games or listening to streaming music or something along those lines. Over in South Korea, apparently, it took a suicide for the mobile operators to recognize that this was a problem. A teenager who was playing mobile games on his phone ended up killing himself after getting a $3,800 bill -- and following that all the mobile operators have decided that maybe they should offer a type of a cap, over which fees won't accumulate. How high is the cap? They all seem to be around $30.

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Feb 2006 @ 4:01am

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    is this the first report that someone has killed themselves over an payable recreational device usage - or just the most recent one?

    i believe that casinos should go back to having $0.50 tables - all of this "$20 minimum" is just driving me to do something really bad to myself -- but I guess if I don't do it, someone else will collect... even if that means "mafia-style".

    whatever happened to the good'ol days of committing suicide because of a boyfriend/girlfriend? Next you will read about people doing it just because they cannot pay their bills. go figure!$#@

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