According to the Chongqing Evening News, a woman ended up with a bill of over 2,000 yuan after she travelled to Thailand for six days, more than the cost of the holiday.
The woman, surnamed Yang, said she didn’t make any calls in Thailand and only “spent some time on [WeChat]”. In all, Yang said, she uploaded 10 photos to her WeChat profile, which resulted in a 2,095 yuan bill, higher than the 1,980 yuan she paid for the trip itself.
Because we’re blaming WeChat for everything at the moment, state media is emphasising the app’s role in the case, rather than the (unnamed) telco which bleeds its customers with scammy roaming fees.
The Chongqing Evening News quotes several experts who pointed out that many customers are fooled by advertisements which make fees seem low, such as saying customers will be charged 0.2 yuan per kilobyte, despite the fact that most modern phones take photos which are over a megabyte in size, and so would cost over 20 yuan to upload. Companies also take advantage of general ignorance with regard to how data heavy certain websites, particularly social networking sites with lots of photos, may be.
In closing: fuck telcos.
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