Everybody loves music, but the way we consume our mellifluous sounds has changed over the years. Long gone are the days of 8-Ttrack tapes and vinyl and even the sale of compact discs are sliding rapidly downhill. We are firmly fixed in the digital age. Sure there are still sales of the aforementioned, but in today’s society we tend to either download or stream our music on the fly. I’m pretty sure that most of you have downloaded an album or two. Has it ever cost you more than you bargained for? What about costing £2,600?
Katie Bryan downloaded a 300mb Neil Diamond album whilst she was on her holiday in South Africa. The album should have cost £8.99 from iTunes, it took 20 minutes to download at a cost of £8 per megabyte once her foreign allowance was used up. The mobile provider, Orange, said they had warned Miss Bryan, via text message, that she had used 250mb outside the European Union already that month. Miss Bryan told BBC Radio 5 live’s Victoria Derbyshire: “It was stupid, yes. I didn’t really realise how big an album was in megabytes and what it was costing.”
Fortunately Orange were ‘good’ about the incident and significantly reduced the bill to £400. Miss Bryan said was happy to pay that amount, rather than the original invoice.
Have you ever been super over charged by your provider? Is the cost of roaming charges extortion on behalf of the networks? As always, if you would like to leave a sensible comment, then please do so in the comments section below.
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