Oh my gosh, $200 for the mobile phone bill

United States
September 2, 2009 2:54pm CST
My sister was screaming about her phone bill statement which claims about $200 game fees. I called and ask what are those charges. The operator told me that someone must download the games from the cell phone and play those games for while. The perpertrator was my niece who doesn't know anything about money yet, because she is still small. Now, my sister trying to not let her touch the cell phone any more. I also won't let her touch mine, otherwise I would end up some hundred dollars bill statement from my service providers. So, if you don't want to pay the big bill, don't let your kids download anything randomly for fun.
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@UK_Shree (3604)
2 Sep 09
Oh dear, that would be very shocking to find out about. I am sure your sister will be extremely careful about not letting it get into her daughters hands again. I guess it is always a bad idea to let children play with gadgets that are not supposed to be toys anyway.
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• United States
2 Sep 09
my niece is about 9 years old, and she certainly doesn't know about the fee for downloading games on cellphone. She thought that it was gameboy or something. She played it for while.
@UK_Shree (3604)
3 Sep 09
Yes I can imagine she probably thought it was a regular games console!
• United States
12 Sep 09
so, it would be best not to let her touch that phone again. Sometimes, she took my phone from my computer desk, and touch every single button, and I was afraid that she might download something from it. I must keep it on the drawer out of her reach.
• Philippines
12 Sep 09
children should be appropriately instructed on the use of cellphones and what benefits or risks it carries. there is no better way than telling them and letting them understand.
• United States
12 Sep 09
well, they are still little, and they don't understand what costs associate with those cellphones plans. And mobile phone service is more than happy to allow our children to play with the phone, because the parents are the ones ultimately responsible for all the fees.
@rosekiss (30327)
• Eugene, Oregon
6 Sep 09
There isn't anyone here but me so no chance of that ever happening. My daughter did however live with me for awhiile and my grandson would get a hold my cell phone, and at that time, I didn't have the interent because of the cost. Well, the little stinker figured out how to get it on the internet so he racked it up a bit on my bill. It wasn't a lot but after than, I would take my cell phone in the bedroom with me at night so he couldn't get a hold of it. I never have nor do now, download games to my cell phone. I have 3 games on it, and I don't really play games on it anyway. I have my computer and my ipod touch for that. Howerver, they are there, if I ever want to play them. It just doesn't make sense to put games on the cell phone, if you don't have to. Have a great day, and happy mylotting.
• United States
12 Sep 09
Well, somehow they could figure it how to get the game but follow the instruction or press any buttons accidentally. I just won't like them to touch the phone, and later on the bill coming with couple of hundred bucks. That I won't allow.
• United States
21 Sep 09
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@EliteUser (3966)
• Australia
15 Sep 09
Hey, Whoa, that isn't that good! $200 is quite a lot for just a mobile phone bill, you could have bought a lot of things with that money, it isn't worth it to have a phone bill that much. Oh well, we all learn from our mistakes. Make sure you have a good day, Happy Lotting!!