Would You Like To Download The Latest Episode Of Prison Break? Okay, That’ll Be $62,000

Prison BreakIT worker Ian Dobsyn of Greater Manchester got a rude awakening when he returned from a holiday in Portugal to find a mobile phone bill from Yes Telecom for £31,500 ($62,000) on his doormat.

That’s a lot of late-night drunk calls to his ex-girlfriends back home, right? Not at all. Mr Dobsyn hardly made any calls on his phone. He did, however, decide to download an episode of TV drama Prison Break (and a few music tracks) whilst abroad, and the roaming fees added up – big time.

It is understood that Mr Dobsyn believed that Yes Telecom, a business arm of Vodafone based in Dobsyn’s hometown of Manchester, provided an unlimited usage deal to its mobile broadband customers. Not so – not only was the usage very limited indeed, it also didn’t apply overseas.

It also doesn’t say a lot for mobile broadband speeds – even at $20/minute, that data transfer took over two days to complete.

Mr Dobsyn contested the bill in court and Vodafone agreed to settle for £229 – the exact amount he would have had to pay back in the UK.

It’s not quite over for him yet, though; if further investigation reveals the episode of Prison Break to be pirated P2P copy, he might be picking up the full tab after all.

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6 Responses to Would You Like To Download The Latest Episode Of Prison Break? Okay, That’ll Be $62,000

  1. You would have thought people would have learned by now. This is about the 5th one of these I've seen.

    Admittedly this is the first with the possibility of pirating being involved :P

  2. You would have thought people would have learned by now. This is about the 5th one of these I’ve seen.

    Admittedly this is the first with the possibility of pirating being involved :P

  3. What a shame and a pity on Mr. Dobsyn. I guess the lesson he got is not to download large files when you're outside the United States.

    I just hope he didn't download the file via P2P sharing applications and websites. If he did so, he'll be facing the worse.

  4. What a shame and a pity on Mr. Dobsyn. I guess the lesson he got is not to download large files when you’re outside the United States.

    I just hope he didn’t download the file via P2P sharing applications and websites. If he did so, he’ll be facing the worse.