T-Mobile User's Phone Bill: $201K
Brother ran up some serious roaming charges
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2011 4:18 PM CDT
A woman gave her brother a phone and he ran up a $201,000 bill.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When a Florida woman put her college-student brother on her cell phone plan, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. After two weeks in Canada, he managed to run up a $201,000 bill, WSVN reports—and that's without even talking. Turns out he hadn’t turned off his data roaming on the T-Mobile plan. Shamir Aarons, who is deaf, had also exchanged some 2,000 texts and downloaded a few videos.

The phone company says it sent Aarons a number of texts about rates. But his sister Celina says the company should have told her, too. “Wouldn't you let me know as the primary holder?” she asked. “They are saying no, we respect your privacy. What privacy? That is my account.” T-Mobile could have let the charges stand, the Consumerist notes—but it decided to cut the bill to $2,500, which Celina has 6 months to pay.