California Teen Racks Up $21,900 Cell Bill
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Dec 14
Yikes. This would be enough to ruin any parent's day... With unlimited calling and texting plans these days, it's been a long time since I've come across a story like this. Seems that Dad forgot to get a data plan or place restrictions on the one he bought for junior. A good reminder for parents to consider all cost aspects associated with today's smart phones when purchasing one for their child.
When Ted Estarija of Hayward, Calif., added his 13-year-old son to his Verizon account, he thought it would cost him an additional $50 a month. He had the phone company restrict his son's calls and texts.
Dad forgot about downloads.
"I was completely caught off guard," Estarija told KTVU-TV in Oakland. "This is outrageous. It seems like it comes to almost $100 a minute. There's no way I can pay this, so [I'll do] whatever I can to get this resolved."