Verizon Wireless Dismisses $18K Cell Phone Bill
Bob St. Germain, the Verizon Wireless account holder whose son ran up an $18,000 cell phone bill, has told the Boston Globe that Verizon Wireless has stopped trying to collect on his debt. St. Germain's son used his Verizon Wireless phone as a tethered modem, and data fees helped him incur the massive charge. Verizon Wireless' action comes on the heels of the FCC considering a "bill shock" warning system that would alert customers before monthly fees climb out of control. Verizon Wireless cut St. Germain's bill in half at first, sending a $9,000 debt to collection. According to a Verizon statement to the Globe, the carrier has called off the collection agency, deeming the debt "uncollectable."
Verizon Allowing Customers to Send Starbucks Gift Cards via Text
Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers can send Starbucks eGift cards to one another from within the Verizon Messages application. The application lets users pick a background, amount ($5, $10, or $25), and enter a short message.
Verizon to Reward Those Who Pair Wireless and FiOS Service
Verizon will give up to $500 to people who combine Verizon Wireless with Verizon FiOS service. People new to both companies will receive a $250 gift card and another $250 in the form of bill credits when switching to Verizon Unlimited and signing up for FiOS TV, internet, and phone service.
Verizon Closer to $10B Asset Sale to Pay Down Debt
Verizon Communications has lined up several deals that will earn it up to $10 billion, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company took on a massive amount of debt to buy Vodafone's portion of Verizon Wireless last year.
Verizon Offering Bonus Data to Family Plan Subscribers
Verizon Wireless says families of four can get 16 GB of mobile data for $150 per month thanks to a new bonus data promotion. Verizon charges $70 per month for its 8 GB (or, L) plan.
Verizon to Let Prepaid Customers Manage their Accounts Through My Verizon App
Verizon Wireless today said its prepaid customers will soon have access to the My Verizon account management tool. Beginning June 28, prepaid customers can download and use My Verizon to pay bills, set up auto-pay, add data, and perform other account-related tasks.
Verizon CEO Seidelberg.....
Too bad BoA's CEO doesn't listen to congress like Vzn's CEO does!
Hope his credit isn't ruined for the next 7 years.
So little sympathy...
People seem to be so lazy nowadays that they don't even bother to learn the parameters of their own plan. And I'm sorry, I've seen parents outright tell their kids never to even touch the internet. Most parents do that without me...
He should have been with T-Mobile
T-Mobile is the only carrier does not charge overage, just slow you down after a certain amount, on tethering and datacard (mine does show 10GB cap instead of 5 :p )
What would Tmobile do if someone bought a phone from you, basic voice only, and stuck it into a computer to tether?
And again, it was 2006! Do you have any idea how much has changed sinc...
I hate our media.
And this wouldn't happen in a country that required their citizen's to use their Gray matter to get a job.
Still goes on his credit file if it went to collections
(For the record, most tethering back then WAS unlimited. he was trying to tether WITHOUT PAYING A CENT for it. and he got caught)
HE'S NOT A KID!!!! HE WAS 22!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wears Van Heusen shirts with pocket protectors and Coke-bottle glasses.
Note to Parents
If you're a parent that has one or more children using sevice on your account, whether it be talking, texting, data, downloads or all of the above, simply logon to your online wireless account and see what is being used on your account. You can see how much minutes, text, and data is being used for that number. And if I'm not mistaking you can even see what apps have been downloaded and what Vcast videos have been watched. (this is for Verizon users by the way, different carriers vary)
Also, why do so many parents lower their intelligence by failing to put unlimited features on your plan? HELLO! if your kid is texting at the speed of light and is able to send over 100 texts in a day, there is a thing called ...