French Woman Receives $15 Quadrillion Cell Phone Bill


If Thomas Paine were to update his famous quotation for modern times, perhaps he’d consider cell phone companies just as necessary of an evil as he did government back in 1776. And a French woman has reason to complain louder than the rest of us. When Solenne San Jose terminated her cell phone contract last month, she had no idea what switching providers would cost her.

When the woman from Pessac, near Bordeaux in southwest France, severed ties with provider Telecom Bouygues before her contract ended, and the company warned her she’d have to pay a cancellation fee that would appear on her next bill, Technorati reported. But she didn’t anticipate just how much.

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Upon opening the statement, she found herself face-to-face with a bill somewhat higher than usual: €11,721,000,000,000,000. That’s the equivalent of about 15 quadrillion U.S. dollars…

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