Ted Estarija's Verizoncell phone bill last month might not reach the astronomical heft of the $85,000 charge we reported about a while back, but $21,917 isn't anything to scoff at, especially in these lean times.
According to CBS News, the Hayward, California resident was surprised with a bill for more than 20 grand after he added his son to their mobile plan. He thought it would cost a mere $50 more a month, and just in case, he also had the phone company restrict his son's calls and texts.
What Estarija forgot about, though, was data usage. In a month, the boy managed to download about 1.33 gigabytes of data -- of what exactly, we'd like to know -- and since Dad's plan did not include coverage, he was charged by the megabyte.
"I was completely caught off guard," he told KTVU-TV in Oakland. "There's no way I can pay this, so [I'll do] whatever I can to get this resolved."
Though Verizon comped the guy's bill after word of his financial woes leaked to the media, Estarija's son, apparently "despondent" over the trouble he'd caused, was not so lucky: Dad suspended the teen's account indefinitely. [From: CBS News and USA Today]
Syracuse University professor Laurence Thomas made news last year for walking out of the classroom whenever his students disobeyed his "no texting in class" rule. Wouldn't the kind of student who would text in class be happy to have class canceled?
In January, 13-year-old Californian Reina Hardesty sent 14,528 text messages from her cell phone. Fortunately for her daddy, he had her on an unlimited text plan.
Two high school cheerleaders in Seattle were suspended from school in December when school officials found out that they had taken nude pictures of themselves on their cell phones and, mistakenly or not, wound up with them circulating through the football locker room. The girls' parents have filed suit against the school. You'd think they would just let the embarassment die quietly.
Thinking about Emily Jenning's texting abilities just makes our thumbs hurt. The Vancouver, British Columbia teen pumped out an absurd 41,600 text messages in the course of a single month -- we did some quick calculations and that works out to about one text every minute.