Something tells me there’ll be a whole lot of people very surprised when their AT&T iPhone bills drop into the letterbox. For a start, it might not be the envelope you’re expecting but, like JustinTV’s Justine Ezarik, a great bloody box full of three hundred pages of itemised goodness. Or, alternatively, you might get another type of huge bill: $5,000 thanks to international data roaming charges, as Adam Aronson discovered.
Adam spent some time in the UK recently, taking his shiny iPhone with him of course, assuming his contract wasn’t set up for international data roaming. Unfortunately, AT&T work on a system of automatically enabling it if you’ve got a decent credit record (something Adam might not have for long if the carrier insists on him paying the full bill), so unwittingly he was paying two-cents a kilobyte.
“While I was in England I actually tried to access my account to find out how much data I was using and my account only showed “data not available”. $5k for something I had no idea I would be charged for, (let alone those exorbitant rates of $2cents per K!) and no way of checking my data consumption” Adam Aronson
He’s now hoping that AT&T take pity and wipe out the charge. Anyone else living in fear of hearing that heavy thud as their cellphone bill arrives?