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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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    discojohnson, 28 Feb 2006 @ 1:23pm

    not the main focus, but..

    i understand how the main focus is that someone took their life over a high phone bill, but i'd like to ask where the mobile providers think that people will actually pay those astronomical bills? sounds like they're losing money if someone has to take their life to escape a bill. then again, maybe the bill is passed on down the family? and i think the poster making the comment about the suicide happened because the kid was suicidal, and the bill was just another push to the limit. had the teen's support system been better it could have also saved their life (parents, friends).

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