Two cheeky Suffolk teenagers managed to get free international phone calls out of the world's first internet-enabled park bench and decided to make a call to the bench's sponsor, a Mr Bill Gates.
Neil Woodman and Dan Sanderson, both 17, of Bury St Edmunds, took along a telephone handset to the bench, which was unveiled earlier this week in their home town.
They soon discovered that the system had no call barring in place and started making international calls to friends and family.
At one point they put in a call to Microsoft getting as far as Gates's secretary before being told he could not take the call.
The bench was designed to allow laptop users to plug in and connect to the internet for free on a three-month trial, but it turns out that international call barring systems were not in place. Eventually the pair put a call into the local council informing it of the glitch.
A spokesman for MSN was quoted as saying: "It's all good fun and we are not too upset about what they have done. All credit to them." But from now on, he said that mobile, national and international phone calls from the bench will be barred.
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