California Teen Racks Up $21,900 Cell Bill

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Monday, December 14, 2009

California Teen Racks Up $21,900 Cell Bill

Yikes. This would be enough to ruin any parent's day... With unlimited calling and texting plans these days, it's been a long time since I've come across a story like this. Seems that Dad forgot to get a data plan or place restrictions on the one he bought for junior. A good reminder for parents to consider all cost aspects associated with today's smart phones when purchasing one for their child.

When Ted Estarija of Hayward, Calif., added his 13-year-old son to his Verizon account, he thought it would cost him an additional $50 a month. He had the phone company restrict his son's calls and texts.

Dad forgot about downloads.

"I was completely caught off guard," Estarija told KTVU-TV in Oakland. "This is outrageous. It seems like it comes to almost $100 a minute. There's no way I can pay this, so [I'll do] whatever I can to get this resolved."

Source: USA Today