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March 3, 2008

Friends cost Vodafone subscriber £11,000


by David Allen
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Friends cost Vodafone subscriber £11,000<br />

With most mobile phone packages these days there is a provision for using broadband on the handset, in fact it has become a fact of life for some people who use the free minutes to watch TV programmes and surf the net while on the go.

But for one city executive whose wife downloaded four episodes of the US sitcom Friends on his mobile phone, this proved to be a rather expensive few episodes landing her husband with a massive £11,000 phone bill, but as the package stated they the mobile phone had free broadband surely this bill is wrong?

The lies with the fact the executive flew to Germany while the TV programmes were being downloaded, this meant that the download paused while he was in the air, but resumed right after landing in Germany and so instead of free downloads; they were racking up the huge bill.

This has raised alarms all around Europe, with Ofom saying that they will be investigating the matter and the European Commission already looking into how mobile phone bills are charged while the subscriber travels to different countries.

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