TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Florida Retiree Wins Cell Phone Bill Fight

Florida Retiree Wins Cell Phone Bill Fight

Mr Joseph Singer (
Sat, 27 Jan 2007 17:07:28 PST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- A 77-year-old retiree has won a two-month
battle with a cell phone company over bills for about $31,000 in calls
from Nicaragua he says he never made.

Oliver DeSofi's Cingular Wireless bill from November listed more than
$21,420 in roaming charges for more than 4,000 calls made from his
phone from Nicaragua. When he contacted Cingular about the charges,
DeSofi learned there were already $9,554 in similar charges on his
next bill.

The former bank executive said his bill was normally about $150 -- he
has never been to Nicaragua.

"I told them this is impossible," DeSofi said.

DeSofi complained of fraud, but Cingular disagreed and tried to
collect the money, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Saturday.

Cingular canceled DeSofi's account, saying its fraud department did
not find any problems with the account. The company reversed its
decision after a Herald-Tribune inquiry on Thursday.

Date: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 03:27:35 -0000
From: (Robert Bonomi)
Newsgroups: comp.dcom.telecom
Subject: Re: DA Wants to Restrict Pre-Paid Cell Phones
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Organization: Widgets, Inc.
X-Telecom-Digest: Volume 26, Issue 28, Message 4 of 8
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In article <>, George Mitchell
<> wrote:

> Rick Merrill wrote:

>> Untraceable phones should be outlawed. These are what the bombers
>> use for placing calls and for detonation.

> Good thinking! Let's ban pencils, too -- they can be used to write
> libelous statements. And what about computers? They can be used to
> send spam. Better get rid of aspirin, too; it's a poison in large
> quantities.

Don't forget the girl in the news within the last week, who died from
drinking too much water. Better put that on the controlled substances
list, too. <grin>

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