A skiing holidaymaker has been hit with a huge mobile bill from Vodafone after using its services in France, in a stark reminder of the potentially high cost of mobile data charges while abroad.
Will Pierce was bored with French television and downloaded some British programmes using his Vodafone data card. But during a five-day holiday he managed to run up a bill of £22,000, without any warning that he was doing so.
Pierce downloaded shows including Top Gear and Kavanagh QC at a cost equating to roughly £300 a minute. One show, lasting only 18 minutes, cost him as much as £5,132, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
"I am amazed that Vodafone could allow an individual to run up such a huge bill without any warning or agreement of a credit limit," Pierce told the newspaper.
"I nearly fell over when I saw the bill. It was just unbelievable. I never imagined it would cost so much to watch a few TV programmes.
"There's no warning when you log on how much it will cost a minute, or a counter on the screen telling you what it is costing. If you ran up such a bill on your credit card while overseas you'd get a call checking that it is you who is spending so much."
Vodafone has agreed to waive the bill.
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