Canadian Hoser Runs Up $85,000 Mobile Phone Bill

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How do you manage to run up an $85,000 mobile phone bill you ask? Apparently, 22-year-old Calgary native Piotr Staniaszek was under the impression that his $10 "unlimited browser plan" on Bell Mobility gave him carte blanche to use his cellphone as a PC modem. Unfortunately, when a $60,000 bill arrived in his mailbox for the month of November he learned the hard way that this was not the case. The charges were later upped to $85,000 "because the company was charging him on a per-kilobyte basis."

Bell Mobility has reduced the charges to $3,243 as gesture of goodwill, but they claim that Staniaszek should have known that using a cellphone as a modem fell outside the realm of normal usage. They also noted that the software he used for this purpose warned him that additional charges would apply. Still, Staniaszek plans of fighting the bill citing that Bell Mobility's policies were unclear. You would think that this would be pretty open and shut, but in a world where you can be rewarded a settlement for spilling hot coffee in your lap at McDonalds, I'm not so sure. [The Register]

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Gotta agree with KIRINBOY and someToast on the McDonald's first I thought it was ridiculous, but then I learned about the specifics of the case in a law class. Quick summary:

2 people were also burned by their hot coffee and subsequently came and told McDonald's to turn it down, yet they did not. The woman who won the settlement was burned to the point that doctors said she would sit down or walk again without pain, as she had to have skin grafts to repair the burns.

As for the amount of the settlement, $6.1 million was one day of McDonald's coffee profits. Something about how hot the coffee was kept allowed them to make more and sell more. Hence the amount($6.1 mil) is actually quite a good fit.

There, don't say you didn't learn something new today.