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OC Man Gets Huge Cell Phone Bill

We all know that cell phone companies are making a killing nowadays.

But one Orange County man probably isn't happy that he was targeted to make T-Mobile's 2010 profit margin even larger.

How much was his bill one month?

Answer: $3,336.

Richard Barbazette of Seal Beach told San Jose Mercury News reporter Mike Zapler that the cell phone company zinged him on roaming checking for checking his e-mail while on a trans-Atlantic cruise celebrating his wife's recovery from breast cancer.

It took Barbazette five months of wrangling and the threat of a consumer complaint to get the company to forgive the outrageous fees.

"It was not a fun experience," Barbazette told the paper. "[T-Mobile's customer service representatives] have an arrogant attitude."

In the third quarter of 2010 alone, the company reported revenue of nearly $5 billion.

You can read the Mercury News article HERE.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly


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