Dear Valued Asshole: Do You Have a Cable Bill Insult Story?

Recently, we've been hearing about a slew of cable customers ending up with less than flattering names at the top of their cable bills. And since this is apparently something that happens quite a bit—we want more. If you've ever changed a customer's name, or known someone who has changed a customer's name, or if… » 2/05/15 12:47pm 2/05/15 12:47pm

More Comcast Customers Report Name Changes to "Whore" and "Dummy" 

Remember a couple days ago, when the world learned Comcast had changed a customer's name from "Ricardo Brown" to "Asshole Brown?" Looks like our Ricardo might not have been the only one. More Comcast customers have reported similar incidents to Elliott.org. The name changes range from "dummy" to "whore" to the… » 1/30/15 7:20pm 1/30/15 7:20pm

Comcast Changed Customer's Name to "Asshole Brown" But Is Totally Sorry

When Ricardo Brown from Spokane, Washington got his most recent bill from Comcast, he had an extra special reason to be dismayed. It wasn't the pricey charges—we're all used to that by now. No, it was that on this particular bill, Comcast appears to have misspelled his name. By replacing it entirely with the word… » 1/28/15 6:17pm 1/28/15 6:17pm

I wish these were real dollar bills because they are brilliant

What gives paper money its actual value?

Money is just tinted paper printed with different numbers on it. So what gives the ol' greenbacks its value? The bills used to be tied to the gold standard but now, it's up to The Fed to control how many bills there are. So why can't they just decide to print out ridiculous amounts of bill to make everyone rich? » 6/24/14 1:42am 6/24/14 1:42am

The Intricate Makeshift Money Germans Relied On Between World Wars

State-issued currency is the scaffolding upon which capitalism was built, but it's always been prone to mayhem. For instance in 1920s Germany, extreme inflation forced German businesses to actually print millions of their own customized paper bills. Now largely forgotten, this notgeld, or "emergency money," was once… » 9/24/13 10:40am 9/24/13 10:40am

iPhone Owners Run Up the Biggest Bills

A new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reveals that iPhone owners run up the biggest cell phone bills—spending far more than other smartphone users. » 1/30/13 7:55am 1/30/13 7:55am

This Perforated Bill Would Make It Super Easy To Literally Split the…

You may be at a point in your life where splitting the bill comes off as tacky, but everybody's been in that position where it's totally necessary. For those times, like college, the Go Dutch Bill would come in super handy, if it actually existed. » 9/30/12 6:30pm 9/30/12 6:30pm

Your Carrier's Going to Send You Alerts if You're About to Go Over Your…

You're about to have one less excuse for ringing up a preposterous cell phone bill. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have agreed to a voluntary industry standard to send alerts to customers who are about to go over their voice, text, or data plans, or who enter international roaming zones. » 10/17/11 9:22am 10/17/11 9:22am

An Explanation of That Time Warner Cable Bill

The New Yorker has sunk its erudite claws into the mysteries of a Time Warner Cable bill. So just what are those line items you never bother looking at? » 3/29/11 7:20pm 3/29/11 7:20pm

AT&T Customers Can Call and Text Japan for Free

Anticipating that a lot of Americans will be trying to contact loves ones in Japan, AT&T has implemented free international calling and texting until March the 31st. UPDATE: Verizon too, until April 10th. [PRNewswire] » 3/14/11 7:55am 3/14/11 7:55am

How To Talk Your Way Into a Cheaper Cable Bill

You're spent, literally. Holiday shopping has thoroughly ravaged your wallet and soul. That means it's time to rein in the discretionary expenses for the New Year. There's no better place to start than that grotesque $180 cable bill. » 12/22/10 11:00am 12/22/10 11:00am

That iPhone Is Burning a Hole In Your Pocket

What can we make of this credit card spending by smartphone platform data from Pageonce? That iPhone owners spend like crazy, and WinMo holdouts are probably saving up for a new phone, for starters. » 11/08/10 9:40pm 11/08/10 9:40pm

Sprint Boost Customers Will Be Rewarded Every Six Months With Cheaper…

Good news for Sprint Boost Mobile customers—every six months, the network will reduce the monthly price of the contract by $5. That means anyone on a $50 contract could end up paying just $35 a month after 18 months. [Bloomberg] » 10/14/10 5:40am 10/14/10 5:40am

New Law Could Land Online Impersonators in a Lot of Trouble

Online impersonation can be devastating to the victim, even if they're not doing anything too nefarious with with the stolen identity. Now, thieves could face serious charges, even jail time, under a new bill proposed in California. » 8/24/10 11:35am 8/24/10 11:35am

New Power Cost Monitor Lets Anyone Use Microsoft Hohm

Microsoft Hohm, the energy usage-tracking web app, just got a whole lot easier to use. Microsoft and Blue Line Innovation have created a power meter reader so anyone can use Microsoft Hohm to see exactly how much money they're wasting. » 7/27/10 1:08pm 7/27/10 1:08pm

A Trip to the Money Factory

The ugly new $100 bill has a slew of advanced security features to keep people from counterfeiting it. CNET was granted access to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, AKA the Money Factory, to see how they're made. » 7/01/10 7:20pm 7/01/10 7:20pm

Verizon Forgives Family's $18K Phone Bill After Four Year Fight

Bryan St. Germain's dad, Bob, must look a lot happier right now than he did in this picture. After all, Verizon has just dismissed a $18,000 phone bill racked up by the young man after a tedious four-year fight. » 5/18/10 12:00am 5/18/10 12:00am

Family Still Fighting Verizon's $18,000 Phone Bill, Four Years Later

Everyone's read stories about outrageous cell phone bills, and you might even know someone who's racked one up themselves. But the Boston Globe has an interesting look at where one such instance stands four years down the line: totally unresolved. » 5/01/10 4:15pm 5/01/10 4:15pm