Woman slapped with $201k phone bill after bro leaves phone on in Canada

Published: Oct 19, 2011, 17:40 IST | ANI

An American woman got the shock of her life when her cell phone company hit her with a 201,000 dollar bill, after her brother left his phone on during a trip to Canada - way out of her plan's service region.

An American woman got the shock of her life when her cell phone company hit her with a 201,000 dollar bill, after her brother left his phone on during a trip to Canada - way out of her plan's service region.

According to WSVN-TV, Celina Aarons' bill reached the ridiculous level because of a whole lot of unintended roaming.

Her younger brother, Shamir, who is legally deaf, has a phone on her plan till he finishes college, but he accidentally left the phone back in Canada during a trip, which was way out of her plan's service region.

She normally paid 175 dollars a month.

"I was freaking out," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.

"I was shaking, crying. I couldn't even talk that much on the phone. I was like, my life is over!"

The phone company told the TV station that Shamir racked up the charges with data-roaming, texting and Internet streaming while he was out of the country.

Aarons was angry that the company didn't give her a heads-up when her bill shot over 200,000 dollars.

She said that, it was like paying for a nice house, after she thought of what she could use that money for.

WSVN has helped negotiate the bill down to a more reasonable 2,500 dollars, with six months to be paid off.

 

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