CBC Forum: What's your cellphone data horror story?

  • On a trip to Thailand back in 2011, I had my iPhone with me and had only wifi turned on to iMessage, email and skype over wireless internet at cafes and hostels and such. I had my phone turned off until I needed to use it to conserve battery. Turning my phone on to use wifi the iPhone ignored "airplane mode" and connected to a local network before I could turn airplane mode back on. About 15 seconds of connecting to a cell network in Thailand cost me $589 dollars in a surprise bill when I got back to Canada and Bell demanded immediate payment or they were going to disconnect my phone and send me to collections. Ridiculous.
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