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Monday 3 March 2008

Telephones, Money: Greed (& stupidity)

I have become a bit of a fan of the Gizmodo RSS newsfeed that I view via Google Reader.

Today I spotted a couple of stories that made me reflect for a minute. First there's this - all about a man who received a $22,000 telephone bill for his Vodaphone portable phone. Apparently his wife was using the phone to download four episodes of the American soap-opera "Friends"; not very bright in my book I have to say. Apparently part of the downloads took place in Germany and because he was "out of area" these piratical charges were imposed.

I have often wondered why all my life, I have never had any money: in fact I often wonder how so many people seem to have so much of the stuff: I know there's lots of money about - but I never see it - but then I have never been in a position where I can charge extortionate sums for my work, unlike these phone companies or some lawyers for example.

It seems that the EU is going to take a step towards justifying its existence by acting against these telephone robbers. We shall see.

On the other hand, and also reported in Gizmodo is Sprint/Nextel's current offer of unlimited voice/text for $89.99 per month (say €60/£45).

As I suggested above, the art of making money has always been a closed book to me!

Until the next time

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