• Mar 18, 2009
Will Pierce has gotten it backwards. The goal is to get paid for watching Top Gear; instead, Pierce earned himself a hefty bill for catching up on the Best. Car. Show. Ever.

Pierce and his son were on a ski trip in France, where there happens to be a paucity of English-language television. To stave off the boredom, out came the laptop and its Vodafone data card. Vacation saved by internet downloads of Clarkson and friends, father and son returned home to a £21,716 ($30,334.40) internet service bill. Needless to say, the humongous charge was something of a surprise. Thankfully, Vodafone kindly waived Pierce's fees with an admonition to check his plan and whether it covers massive data downloads while in other countries. So, the next time you find yourself in foreign lands with time to burn and a hankering for some quality Stigtime, well... consider yourselves warned.

[Source: Newslite]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Should have stuck to hotel room porn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I went on the internet today, and I found this!
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I were extremely rich and bored I'd say it was worth it. But If I were that rich, I would be doing my own burnouts in one of my Ferraris to cure boredom.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I figured this was going to be some BBC licensing fee atrocity, but it was just plain old stupidity. I'm not saying it's right, the ridiculous rates that cell providers charge for data, but at this point everyone should know that they do it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How'd he manage this, legally?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can download Top Gear from iTunes UK store. The only thing you need is the ace of spades.... a credit card issued by a UK bank. For your data plan it's only data, no matter what and where from you donwlonad stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, he means you can watch Top Gear over the internet within the UK legally. But they won't stream it to you if you are outside the UK because they legally don't have the rights outside the UK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly.... and if he was in France he would have had a French IP and therefore...
      • 5 Years Ago
      They waived his fees!? If this had happened with a US phone company I doubt that would have happened..
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ another_one

        Did the authorities find the dead prostitutes in the truck?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does quite often in the US.
        They know their fee's are absorbent and would be PR nightmare.

        I read a trucker was charged $50K (for what I wonder ;) - actually I don't want to know...) and it was waived.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally worth it for watching the greatest car show... in the world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So lesson is if you knowingly rack up a reasonably large bill, keep downloading until it's a ridiculously huge bill and Vodafone will let you off?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also get the press involved. Key ingredient :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm afraid it wasn't for watching the Top Gear, the guy was charged for being stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "it's considered an international call on your cellular bill and there was a story very similar to this recently, but that guy didn't get the total bill admonished." - garlinski

        admonished... i don't think you have any idea what that word means.
        • 5 Years Ago
        in a similar story, if you send your SlingBox to your laptop or Blackberry Bold while on a crusie ship via wireless internet, even while in port, it's considered an international call on your cellular bill and there was a story very similar to this recently, but that guy didn't get the total bill admonished.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And I thought comcast sucked with their rates on 10 year old OnDemand movies! Yeah they charge for them in HD! Can you believe it? Would you EVER pay for Police Academy in HD?

        Oh the clarity!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ditto, this doesn't really have much to do with what he was watching. Just that he was using a crapload of bandwidth in another country with an aircard. Should have known better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A similar situation happened here in Canada a few years ago. Someone decided that it would be a smart thing to do, to use their cell phone as a modem, while downloading a LOT of HD movies...until he got a bill for $85,000. Bell Canada opted to show goodwill, and lowered it to $5,000...but of course, the guy was a moron...and decided to fight it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we all know Jezza would think hes worth that much if anyone asked... lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Being bailed out for stupidity. What else is new these days?
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