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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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    Matthew, 28 Feb 2006 @ 3:19am

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    In my experience, the average teen IS an idiot when it comes to money. There is little to no concept of future stakes or budgeting. And while they are offering plans that will cap certain feature's costs they are not making you buy them. The nature of marketing is giving people what they want for as high a price as possible. The price was too high so they're just taking it down a notch.

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