Man Downloads Movie While In Mexico, Receives $62,000 Wireless Bill

If you’re going out of the country for more than 15 seconds, don’t forget to turn off, remove, leave at home, freeze in a block of ice, disable, or otherwise render unusable your wireless card. Above all, do not download Wall-E for your nephew to watch on your computer. Unfortunately, we do not have any more details about what was going on here, because Clark Howard apparently has to get back to his NASCAR pit.

What we still can’t figure out is why so many companies continue to go ahead and bill for activity that’s going to lead to outrageous amounts like this, instead of disabling the account and sending an email, text message, or voice mail to the customer warning him about what he’s doing. The caller does say that the wireless provider agreed to drop the bill to $17,000, though.

“Movie Download Madness” [CNN] (Thanks to Alan!)

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