[LINK] Canada's Worst Phone bill

Rick Welykochy rick at praxis.com.au
Tue Mar 15 15:11:20 AEDT 2011

Kim Holburn wrote:
> Surely not too far from our experience here.
> http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2011/canadasworstcellphonebill/

Probably hard to top the winner, at $17,000+, mainly for
roaming through Russia will Bell Tel.

I don't have a cell plan. Never did and probably never will.

The few times I've used a prepaid I've gone into shock.
Current prepaid from a Singaporean offering is quite a
nice little earner for them. e.g.

each SMS: $2.00
30 second call: $2.00 (within the same city!??!)
but then again, 10:00 min call ... $2.00
And what's this? WAPBROWSING  ... $1.00

I called up about that, since I had not enabled Internet
access. They refunded the money (blush). It appeared
I was force-fed a spam web page by some telco somewhere.

In general, the plans for prepaid are impossible even for
a systems analyst to figure out. The micro-charges for
each and every different service you may bring up on the
phone are totally unmemorable and incomprehensible.

Every time I use a prepaid, I watch my hard earned $$$
vanish quicker than tomato sauce at a barby and swear I'll
never do it again.

Tin cans and string, anyone?

Landline-wise, I am using ADSL2 and voice. And I'm seriously
considering ditching the voice and moving to VoiP. That plus
more and more use of Skype/iChat which is basically free.


p.s. in one of his novels (2010?) Arthur C Clarke envisioned
free global telecommunications at the turn of the century.
What a dreamer!

Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services

I think it is much easier to make a secure system user-friendly
than to make a user-friendly system secure.
      -- gosand on /.

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