$8.50?

july 16, 2006

I got an $8.50 surprise in the mail yesterday. I opened up my T-Mobile bill and found that I had been charged an extra $8.50 in for "messages". I am on a 300 message plan, and each month my wife and I don't use that many messages. So, I was wondering what was going on. When I looked online at the bill, I saw what the overages were for: Wireless Village! Yea, when I wrote up these instructions on how to setup Wireless Village for Yahoo! Messenger on a Motorola SLVR L7, I thought it would be free because it was over GPRS and not Text Messages. Was I ever wrong. Actually, I should have known better since wireless companies are blood sucking (ok, money sucking) entities -- and they have no qualms about nickel and diming their customers for any little service.  I have promptly turned that feature off because I guess I really don't need to be online all the time. I switched back to the brick Nokia 6682 time being.  The SLVR L7 is cool, small and sexy -- but, it does have some shortcomings:  bad reception and keypad that is hard to text on.