It's the talk that every parent hates to even consider having. No,
we're not referring to "that talk," referring to "this talk." It's the
talk that goes something like this: "Son, did you utilize your
cellphone's data connection to download gobs of data from Internet last
month?" "Yeah, um, I think I did dad--I thought no one would notice or
care." "Well, turns out that [insert carrier here] cares, and they're
demanding every dime that I was saving for your future education.
Hopefully you can nab yourself a student loan or two."
Needless to say, that's a pretty awful conversation to have, but we're
guessing that a father/son tandem in California had a similar
discussion after a 13-year old ran up a cellphone bill of nearly
$22000. No need to adjust your eyes--we just said $22k. The comical
part is that the dad was actually expecting his most recent bill to be
somewhat higher after he added his son to the plan, but he was probably
thinking between $20 and $30 more, not a new-car-more.
You can probably guess the mistake. The dad added the boy's line to his
Verizon Wireless plan, but he didn't pony up for an unlimited
plan. The boy figured out the Internet connection still worked, so he
was charged per kilobyte while he surfed away aimlessly, probably
looking up goofy high school jokes and the latest from I Can Haz
Cheezburger. Thankfully, VZW decided to not actually charge the man for
what he owed, and the pop did the right thing by suspending his son's
account. We're hearing that the boy is now picking up a side job mowing
lawns in order to pay for own account, this time with a proper data
plan (just kidding, but it's probable!).