Ian Simpson, a factory worker from Darlington, Yorkshire downloaded TV programmes onto his laptop using his mobile phone as a modem – and racked up charges of Â£27,322 in just one month. He says he may go bankrupt unless Vodafone “takes a sensible approach” to his bill.
Simpson thought he had an all-you can eat deal for unlimited web use and “probably” downloaded 20-30 TV shows and four albums. But his Â£41.50 per month contract maxed out at 120 megabytes of downloads per month, enough for most users, Vodafone says. “Few customers exceed the fair usage. But it seems clear Ian has run up these charges legitimately,” a spokesman told The Mirror.