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I used 97 "night and weekend" minutes this month, with 403 left to spare.

I used 560 "anytime" minutes this month, which is 310 minutes more than my plan allows for.

Can I trade in my excess "night and weekend" minutes to cover some of the "anytime?" Of course not. So, that's $63.90 in airtime charges, bringing my total to $104.93 for the month, or $171.08 in total, because I haven't paid them since December.

The current billing period ends next week, on top of that.

$104.93, by the way, is considerably more expensive than upgrading to a plan that would allow for those minutes. Funny this didn't trigger a sales call to offer that.

Who the heck was I talking to for 9 hours and 20 minutes beyond my limit?

Well, that's an interesting question.

Looking at the specific calls, we see that the bulk of my expensive ones ar labeled INCOMING. What does this mean, precisely? It means there's no way to verify those calls even happened, because AT&T doesn't have any record of who I was speaking to. They could be making the charges up, for all I know. I'd be quite powerless to do anything about it.

This, coupled with the fact that they go out of their way to make sure I can't check my status within the current billing cycle or even get a rough estimate of how many minutes are left, has me rather upset.

But I can't lose the phone just now. I'll need it for the Game Designers Conference. Being reachable is entirely too important.

But not by you. You can go ahead and stop calling me. =)

Of course, I can't hand over that money just now, either. I need it, too, for the conference, or I'm sleeping in my car. Don't even ask how I'm planning to pay for gas. Or parking. Or food for the week. I simply will. Reality is an afterthought. Once it's done, I'll figure out how.

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akatalin
Mar. 4th, 2002 11:39 pm (UTC)
3 am isn't much fun in the sun
if it makes you feel better I get wrong numbers on my cell alot of them are in spanish .. I even had this one lady claim I had her phone and why did I have her phone .. I hung up on her and told her I was driving .... cell phone people suck they make it to where you depend on it soo much that it's like appended then they throw in stupid shallow catchs that make you life hell and such .. I really hate wrong number cell phone calls at 3 in the morning
self
Mar. 5th, 2002 04:02 am (UTC)
the sun's overrated.
Looking at this bill, I think it would be worthwhile to simply go nocturnal. My nighttime minutes start at 8pm, so I'd wake up at 7:30 or so, grab some food while the restaurants are still open, and head back indoors. Electric lighting means never having to know what time it is.

I'd get less calls on that schedule, granted. But simple contact with humanity is a small price to pay...
technomonkey
Mar. 5th, 2002 08:20 am (UTC)
Math Nerd
Um......9 hours and 20 minutes, total.

310 minutes beyond your limit is 5 hours and 10 minutes.


Still.......GEESH!
self
Mar. 5th, 2002 11:37 am (UTC)
6 + 4 = 64
Yeah, that actually occurred to me after I posted it, but for some reason I didn't get around to making the correction.
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