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Time Warner Sends Ohio Man $16 Million Cable Bill

Daniel DeVirgilio of Beavercreek, Ohio was understandably shocked last week when he received a letter from Time Warner Cable. DeVirgilio, a 26-year-old engineer, had apparently failed to pay his cable bill, and owed the provider a chunk of cash -- $16.4 million, to be exact. Turns out, the company made what it's calling a "human error" in calculating DeVirgilio's bill. An employee reportedly...

South Carolina Might Ban Facebook in Prisons

South Carolina Democrat Wendell Gilliard has introduced a bill that, if passed, would bar the state's prisoners from using Facebook, or any other social networking site. The bill would penalize offenders with a $500 fine, and an extra 30 days in jail. According to GIlliard, social media allow some prisoners to continue criminal operations from behind bars, thereby putting others at risk. "The...

$23-Quadrillion Charge for Cigarettes, Due to Visa Software Glitch

Federal and state taxes levied on cigarettes have increased exponentially recently, but anything over, say, $1-million per pack seems a bit steep. According to FOXNews, at least three consumers in Tennessee, Texas, and New Hampshire were each charged $23 quadrillion ($23,148,855,308,184,500) after purchasing cigarettes with Visa debit cards. ...

Dad Takes a Hammer to Teen's Cell Phone Over $5K Bill

We've seen teens send out 14,000, 15,000, and even over 40,000 text messages in one month, so one girl's firing off 10,000 texts in one month shouldn't really shock us all that much. But the tale of Dena Christoffersen has two ingredients that make it much more interesting than the other tales of texting addiction we've shared before: no text messaging plan, and an angry parent with a hammer. ...

Man Pays $350 Electric Bill With Pennies...Electric Co. Not Amused

A Bristol, Virginia man didn't get angry when his electric company screwed him; he just decided to return the favor. John Almany was shocked when his monthly electric bill from Bristol Virginia Utilities (BVU) jumped to $350, but Almany, being the upstanding citizen that he is, decided to pay every cent. Accompanied by a friend/accomplice, Almany visited several banks and proceeded to exchange...

Mom Gets $50K Bill After Teen Downloads 'Lost' via Cell Phone

Remember last year's tale of the unfortunate (and unidentified) public servant who managed to rack up a $200,000 phone bill by downloading numerous movies over a non-unlimited cellular data plan? His wasn't the first such outrageous bill we've seen, nor even the second, but at least he can take solace in knowing he won't be the last, with news coming of a Spanish city councilwoman receiving a...

Woman Sues AT&T Over $5,000 Data Bill on 3G Netbook

We're well aware that the phrase "unlimited" doesn't actually mean anything to cell phone providers. Unlimited data plans rarely are that. In fact, most plans come with a hard and fast cap at 5 gigabytes (GB) of data per month, and, if you exceed that limit, you'll get hammered with absurd overage charges. Just ask Billie Parks of Oklahoma who picked up a netbook at Radio Shack for $99 after...

Oregon Family Receives $19,370 Cell Phone Bill

You've all heard the Iphone bill horror stories and gasped at other outrageously high wireless bill mishaps...Well here's another one. A family In Portland recently opened their AT&T wireless bill and found this number staring back at them: $19,370. And you thought your wireless bill was high! The culprits in this particular case are a laptop AirCard and a less than forthcoming AT&T...

In-Flight Calling Ban Passes Hurdle in Congress

It looks like that proposed ban on in-flight calling has now passed its first major hurdle in Congress, with it snagging some much needed approval from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in a voice vote on Thursday. While the so-called "Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace" (or HANG UP, really) would make permanent the current ban on in-flight cellphone use, it'd also go one...

Colorado Toll Road May Require Online Registration

If you're seeking a Rocky Mountain High, you may soon need to pay the piper -- or at least invite a few friends along for the drive up the mountainside to avoid a proposed toll for Interstate 70 in Colorado. State Senator Chris Romer, a Denver Democrat, has proposed turning I70 into a toll and HOV highway on Sundays throughout the year and on weekends during the peak ski season. The reason?...

Man Gets Slapped With $85,000 Cell Phone Bill

If you thought absurdly high and encyclopedia-sized iPhone bills were the only game in town when it comes to ridiculous cell phone charges, you were sadly mistaken. In fact those 300 page, $3,000 and $4,000 iPhone bills have nothing on what some poor Canadian oil field worker was charged by Bell Mobility. After picking up a new phone that he could tether to his laptop and a $10 unlimited data...

Man Gets $4,190.76 iPhone Bill

We love you, iPhone bill. We've already had some great times together, and you've only been here two months. You remember that time you showed up on our door step in a box looking like a copy of 'War and Peace'? That was great. By the way, when we took you out the other day, you looked like 4,190.76 bucks. Kidding aside, international roaming on your iPhone is a bad idea, in case you weren't...

Girl Videotapes 300-Page iPhone Bill

If you're not familiar with AT&T's billing practices you might be a bit shocked to receive your first iPhone bill. Justine Ezarik was less-than amused when her 300-page bill was delivered in a box. AT&T makes sure to take note of every single text message, every data transaction, and every phone call and print each on a separate line. That means that every time you hit that Safari web...