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Melanie Pinola

Avoid Bill Shock and Hundreds of Dollars in Data Roaming Charges

By December 18, 2012

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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.

Mobile Data Charges Infographics

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.

See the entire infographic on Xigo for more scary examples and other tips. [via CloudTweaks]

December 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm
(1) Brian Wallace says:

Hey Melanie,

Thanks for posting about our infographic! Can you also link to the original source?


December 19, 2012 at 9:49 am
(2) Melanie Pinola says:

Of course, Brian! Thanks for adding the link (I looked on your site but missed it) and the great infographic.

January 14, 2013 at 11:07 am
(3) Kate Robinson says:

Great post!!! thanks…

Next week I go to the middle east for two weeks trip.
Can you advise me what should I do to avoid this horrible bill shocks?

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