An Australian teenager has racked up a cell phone bill higher than the annual wages of some adults.
A spokesman for the Telstra telecommunications company said the unidentified teen enjoyed 384 Internet sessions at a total cost of $10,686, while also amassing other charges through 373 calls and more than 500 text messages, the Melbourne Herald Sun said in its Friday edition.
Julie Wentworth, an Anglicare financial counselor, called the teen's phone bill "ridiculous" and called for enhanced bill monitoring of users' accounts.
"We are dealing with a generation who feel they can't get by without a mobile phone," Wentworth said.
"Some don't have enough self-control, but it was ridiculous the bill got to that point."
Wentworth told the Herald Sun the teen somehow managed to convince Telstra staff to revive his phone account after being disconnected when his bill reached $2,000.
I think this kid needs a mother that supervises him. Who lets their kid do that? Take the phone away!