Sunday, April 17, 2005

Phone-y downloads rack up $9,000 bill

Phone-y downloads rack up $9,000 bill: "Seattle businessman Don Etsekson has his life wired. A simple cable allows him to synchronize computers at home, at the office and in his pocket every day like clockwork.
But an onslaught of illegal spam and unrequested downloads to his new 'smart phone' racked up a $9,000 bill -- for being wireless.
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He ended up figuring out the problem on his own. His new cell phone, an Audiovox SMT5600, had been preprogrammed to remotely download his e-mail every 15 minutes without his authorization. No one, not even the phone, told him it would."
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