One out of every 6 mobile phone customers have experienced some bill shock, with half of them being hit with charges of $50 or more. Poor unfortunate mobile users have come back after traveling to find even more outrageous charges--$62,000 for downloading a movie, for example, or nearly $35,000 for sending texts and Facebook updates. Even little uses can cost a lot and add up: accessing 10 web pages (totaling 1.8 MB) would cost you $35.02 in international data usage charges.
These figures and more are provided by enterprise mobility company Xigo in an infographic. While it's no surprise that going overseas and using your cell phone can cost more that it does at home, just how much it can cost is pretty alarming--especially if you're not away your data is on and your bill is quickly rising.
If you're traveling or leave your cell phone provider's service area, make sure you take all the steps you can to avoid those awful data roaming charges. Also, there are several ways to use a cell phone overseas without breaking the bank.