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  1. #1
    Polly Esther Guest

    Default OT read your phone bill?

    Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    and data.
    I do not do text messages.
    I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    charges that we never even noticed. Polly


  2. #2
    Steve Pope Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    Polly Esther <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    >to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    >the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    >and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.


    I get both spam an wrong-number incoming calls, and they might be
    texts, voice, or images. They are sometimes a significant fraction
    of my usage/billing. I haven't gotten to the level of complaining about
    it yet.


    S.

  3. #3
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    did you get them removed? Lee

    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    > to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    > the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    > and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly'
    > or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at
    > hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with
    > padded charges that we never even noticed. Polly




  4. #4
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    Polllly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    >to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    >the least. Six pages.


    6? You lucky gal.<g> We only have 3 phones on our plan these days so
    ours has shrunk from 50+ to 20ish.

    > But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    >waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    >to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    >charges that we never even noticed. Polly


    I hesitate to blame Verizon for this and the other various unexplained
    charges on my phone bill- but more likely someone is making a tidy
    profit hacking phones or sending a script in a message the we clueless
    ones inadvertently activate.

    The warning is certainly valid, though-- there are lots of unexplained
    charges on phone bills -- and the phone companies are pretty good
    about removing them if you call.

    Jim

  5. #5
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    Polly Esther wrote:
    > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    > browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    > Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    > charge for incoming text messages and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    > constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    > your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    > are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.


    I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone
    it was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two
    TracFones cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    total per month.

    I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.

    nancy

  6. #6
    Storrmmee Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    same reason we ditched ours, i MUST have one for work, so for the few calls
    we make of a personal nature its a serious savings, Lee
    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:4deb6a90$0$4662$[email protected] com...
    > Polly Esther wrote:
    >> Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    >> browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible
    >> to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    >> charge for incoming text messages and data.
    >> I do not do text messages.
    >> I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    >> I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    >> So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    >> constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    >> your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    >> are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    >
    > I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it was
    > $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two TracFones
    > cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    > total per month.
    >
    > I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.
    >
    > nancy




  7. #7
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:
    > Polly Esther wrote:
    >> Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    >> browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    >> Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    >> charge for incoming text messages and data.
    >> I do not do text messages.
    >> I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    >> I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    >> So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    >> constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    >> your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    >> are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    >
    > I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    > was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two TracFones
    > cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    > total per month.
    >
    > I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.
    >
    > nancy

    We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling or
    when one of us is out of the area for some reason. Time rolls over too.
    Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of them, you
    can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with phones. It's
    a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be connected all the time
    anyway. We love the thing, seldom rings, even when we remember to turn
    it on or charge it. <G>

  8. #8
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    George Shirley wrote:
    > On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:


    >> I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    >> was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two
    >> TracFones cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    >> total per month.


    > We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    > minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling
    > or when one of us is out of the area for some reason.


    It's so handy. Compare to all I spent on my land line and I
    couldn't even take it where I was going.

    > Time rolls over
    > too. Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of
    > them, you can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with
    > phones. It's a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be
    > connected all the time anyway.


    Really, I get that. I used to enjoy my commute as no one could reach
    me. Those were pre-cell phone days, obviously.

    > We love the thing, seldom rings, even
    > when we remember to turn it on or charge it. <G>


    (laugh) Same here. At least these phones take a message or you can
    see what calls you missed when it was turned off. I'm pretty happy
    with the whole situation, myself.

    nancy

  9. #9
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Jun 5, 1:06*am, "Polly Esther" <Polly...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Well. *It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    > to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. *Incomprehensible to say
    > the least. *Six pages. *But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    > and data.
    > * * I do not do text messages.
    > * * I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > * * I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > * * So. *The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    > waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    > to read it. *Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    > charges that we never even noticed. *Polly


    I notified my phone co. that I never made or rec'd a text and to block
    that ability. You should do the same. They adjusted the charge for
    me too.




  10. #10
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Jun 5, 8:44*am, George Shirley <gmshir...@suddenlink.net> wrote:
    > On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Polly Esther wrote:
    > >> Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    > >> browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    > >> Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    > >> charge for incoming text messages and data.
    > >> I do not do text messages.
    > >> I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > >> I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > >> So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    > >> constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    > >> your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    > >> are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    >
    > > I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    > > was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two TracFones
    > > cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    > > total per month.

    >
    > > I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.

    >
    > > nancy

    >
    > We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    > minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling or
    > when one of us is out of the area for some reason. Time rolls over too.
    > Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of them, you
    > can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with phones. It's
    > a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be connected all the time
    > anyway. We love the thing, seldom rings, even when we remember to turn
    > it on or charge it. <G>


    How's the coverage? I asked a few ppl about Jitterbug and reference
    was made to 2 juice cans and a string.

  11. #11
    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    In article <4d324706-40d7-4995-8048-
    [email protected]>, [email protected]
    says...
    >
    > On Jun 5, 8:44*am, George Shirley <gmshir...@suddenlink.net> wrote:
    > > On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > > Polly Esther wrote:
    > > >> Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    > > >> browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    > > >> Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    > > >> charge for incoming text messages and data.
    > > >> I do not do text messages.
    > > >> I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > > >> I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > > >> So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    > > >> constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    > > >> your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    > > >> are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    > >
    > > > I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    > > > was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two TracFones
    > > > cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    > > > total per month.

    > >
    > > > I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.

    > >
    > > > nancy

    > >
    > > We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    > > minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling or
    > > when one of us is out of the area for some reason. Time rolls over too.
    > > Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of them, you
    > > can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with phones. It's
    > > a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be connected all the time
    > > anyway. We love the thing, seldom rings, even when we remember to turn
    > > it on or charge it. <G>

    >
    > How's the coverage? I asked a few ppl about Jitterbug and reference
    > was made to 2 juice cans and a string.


    It runs on the Verizon network and should give the same coverage.



  12. #12
    George Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On 6/5/2011 9:40 AM, Nancy Young wrote:
    > George Shirley wrote:
    >> On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:

    >
    >>> I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    >>> was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two
    >>> TracFones cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    >>> total per month.

    >
    >> We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    >> minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling
    >> or when one of us is out of the area for some reason.

    >
    > It's so handy. Compare to all I spent on my land line and I couldn't
    > even take it where I was going.
    >> Time rolls over
    >> too. Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of
    >> them, you can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with
    >> phones. It's a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be
    >> connected all the time anyway.

    >
    > Really, I get that. I used to enjoy my commute as no one could reach
    > me. Those were pre-cell phone days, obviously.


    No pager?

    >> We love the thing, seldom rings, even
    >> when we remember to turn it on or charge it. <G>

    >
    > (laugh) Same here. At least these phones take a message or you can
    > see what calls you missed when it was turned off. I'm pretty happy
    > with the whole situation, myself.
    >
    > nancy



  13. #13
    George Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On 6/5/2011 8:44 AM, George Shirley wrote:
    > On 6/5/2011 6:35 AM, Nancy Young wrote:
    >> Polly Esther wrote:
    >>> Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    >>> browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    >>> Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    >>> charge for incoming text messages and data.
    >>> I do not do text messages.
    >>> I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    >>> I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    >>> So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    >>> constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    >>> your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    >>> are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    >>
    >> I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone it
    >> was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two TracFones
    >> cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    >> total per month.
    >>
    >> I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.
    >>
    >> nancy

    > We've had a Jitterbug for several years now, $14.99 a month with 50
    > minutes of time on it, we seldom use the phone except when traveling or
    > when one of us is out of the area for some reason. Time rolls over too.
    > Old folks phone, big numbers, ring tones, all three or four of them, you
    > can get texting and internet service, we don't do that with phones. It's
    > a phone not a toy, and neither of us wants to be connected all the time
    > anyway. We love the thing, seldom rings, even when we remember to turn
    > it on or charge it. <G>


    Depends how you look at it. Smartphones are no more a toy than your
    desktop computer since it is essentially a hybrid phone and portable
    computer with a real web browser that can display pretty much anything
    your home computer can.

    At the store and you aren't sure about something you can do the research
    while you are standing there. Reached the restaurant you remembered only
    to find it is closed you can look for reviews and ideas for another
    place. Walk into the market and there is a bounty of something and you
    aren't sure what to make you can research recipes right there and find
    an idea and also what else you may need to buy. Want to go for a bike
    ride and there is iffy weather where you simply wouldn't bother now you
    can stop and look at the live weather radar and still get a ride in
    because you can see the direction and speed of the storm. Rent a vehicle
    without a GPS, just fire up the GPS on the smartphone.

  14. #14
    sf Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Sun, 5 Jun 2011 00:06:18 -0500, "Polly Esther"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    > to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    > the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    > and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    > waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    > to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    > charges that we never even noticed. Polly


    Have you stopped your texting service? You're probably being charged
    monthly for something you don't use, so stop paying for it! Can't
    help you with the internet part because we don't subscribe to that
    either... and we don't have sneaky charges showing up on our bills
    anymore.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  15. #15
    sf Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Sun, 05 Jun 2011 11:26:08 -0400, George <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > > Really, I get that. I used to enjoy my commute as no one could reach
    > > me. Those were pre-cell phone days, obviously.

    >
    > No pager?


    Many of us skipped right over pagers and went straight to a cell
    phone.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  16. #16
    graham Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?


    "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    On Jun 5, 1:06 am, "Polly Esther" <Polly...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    > to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    > the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    > and data.
    > I do not do text messages.
    > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    > waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    > to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    > charges that we never even noticed. Polly


    I notified my phone co. that I never made or rec'd a text and to block
    that ability. You should do the same. They adjusted the charge for
    me too.
    -----

    I did the same after receiving a spam text.
    Graham





  17. #17
    sf Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Sun, 05 Jun 2011 11:38:43 -0400, George <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Depends how you look at it. Smartphones are no more a toy than your
    > desktop computer since it is essentially a hybrid phone and portable
    > computer with a real web browser that can display pretty much anything
    > your home computer can.
    >
    > At the store and you aren't sure about something you can do the research
    > while you are standing there. Reached the restaurant you remembered only
    > to find it is closed you can look for reviews and ideas for another
    > place. Walk into the market and there is a bounty of something and you
    > aren't sure what to make you can research recipes right there and find
    > an idea and also what else you may need to buy. Want to go for a bike
    > ride and there is iffy weather where you simply wouldn't bother now you
    > can stop and look at the live weather radar and still get a ride in
    > because you can see the direction and speed of the storm. Rent a vehicle
    > without a GPS, just fire up the GPS on the smartphone.


    Too bad they're so expensive. We pay $80 a month for shared minutes
    on our dumb phone.

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

  18. #18
    J. Clarke Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    In article <7hPGp.618$[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > "Kalmia" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > On Jun 5, 1:06 am, "Polly Esther" <Polly...@cableone.net> wrote:
    > > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash browns
    > > to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill. Incomprehensible to say
    > > the least. Six pages. But I noticed a charge for incoming text messages
    > > and data.
    > > I do not do text messages.
    > > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring constantly' or
    > > waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have your phone bill at hand
    > > to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us are being gouged with padded
    > > charges that we never even noticed. Polly

    >
    > I notified my phone co. that I never made or rec'd a text and to block
    > that ability. You should do the same. They adjusted the charge for
    > me too.
    > -----
    >
    > I did the same after receiving a spam text.


    There needs to be legislation to the effect that the party originating
    the call is responsible for all charges unless the called party
    explicity agrees to pay them for that specific call or for calls from
    that specific party. It should not be lawful for advertisers and the
    like to run up your phone bill by making unwanted calls, sending
    unwanted text messages, or otherwise imposing on you.


  19. #19
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    In article <4deb6a90$0$4662$[email protected]> ,
    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Polly Esther wrote:
    > > Well. It is sort of on topic because I was waiting for frozen hash
    > > browns to thaw and just happened to read my phone bill.
    > > Incomprehensible to say the least. Six pages. But I noticed a
    > > charge for incoming text messages and data.
    > > I do not do text messages.
    > > I do not use my cell phone for internet data searches.
    > > I don't even know how and don't have those options on my plan.
    > > So. The next time you're standing at the stove 'stirring
    > > constantly' or waiting for the oven to pre-heat or whatever, have
    > > your phone bill at hand to read it. Just no tellin' how many of us
    > > are being gouged with padded charges that we never even noticed.

    >
    > I noticed and it drove me crazy. If I didn't even pick up my phone
    > it was $50 a month. All those mystery fees. That's why I have two
    > TracFones cellphones (different numbers) now and pay about $17
    > total per month.
    >
    > I'm not saying that's for everyone, naturally.
    >
    > nancy


    <lol> Exactly what I do here! I did the math the other day and to
    support 2 Tracfones for the past 4 years I've had them run me an average
    of $18.00 per month for both of them!
    --
    Peace, Om
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    come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
    -- Mark Twain

  20. #20
    sf Guest

    Default Re: OT read your phone bill?

    On Sun, 05 Jun 2011 13:55:54 -0500, Omelet <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > <lol> Exactly what I do here! I did the math the other day and to
    > support 2 Tracfones for the past 4 years I've had them run me an average
    > of $18.00 per month for both of them!


    Why is it that people who use cell phones so little have so many of
    them?

    --

    Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

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