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California Teen Racks Up $21,900 Cell Bill

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim 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
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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."

Source: USA Today
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2009/12/can-you-hear-me-calif-teen-racks-up-21900-cell-bill-/1