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    $4,800 Cell phone bill for teen texting

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

    All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

    While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

    But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

    He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use

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    u r a pretty strict dad... wonder how my 2 yr old gonna fare when he's at your son's age..and i wonder how i will discipline him..
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    Kudos to you. Too many parents are far to easy on their children. Glad to know there are still good ones out there that can & will be strict when called for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

    All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

    While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

    But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

    He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use
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    Most providers offer an unlimited texting package. It's the parent's fault for not having one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by XeSupport View Post
    Most providers offer an unlimited texting package. It's the parent's fault for not having one...
    Wouldn't it be the child's fault for texting without having one?

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    Wow, that's amazing...I use my BlackBerry every minute but even I don't rack up that kind of bill..

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    Quote Originally Posted by layer0 View Post
    Wouldn't it be the child's fault for texting without having one?
    But the parent is legally responsible for the service, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    But the parent is legally responsible for the service, right?

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    Yes they legally are. Well who ever signed up with the contract of the phone is responsible for the usage of the phone's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

    All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

    While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.

    But it's funny how attitude changes once his phone is off..lol. All he's interested in is Xbox and phone texting. The other day he came home to find broken dishes, food, and spaghetti sauce all over his living room. That morning I woke up, once again found his chores not done (sink was full, stove was a mess, and clean dishes still in dishwasher). So his living room got trashed with what shouldnt have been in my kitchen anymore.

    He promised he would never leave it again since it was a pain for him to get his living room clean and get the sauce off all his consoles and controllers/guitars. I really shouldnt say HIS. It's my house, and I bought all the stuff. He needs to do his chores if he doesnt want me messing up MY stuff that I let him use
    Wow interesting on how much the one kid spending over $4,000 wow.

    P.s about your son, it is good to teach your son some discipline
    and im sure he never lets the dishes build up after that. But i dont think i would of thrown dishes with any type of sauce over my house or son's controllers because its bound to get on something else lol. May i ask how old is your son?

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    Quote Originally Posted by semoweb View Post
    P.s about your son, it is good to teach your son some discipline
    and im sure he never lets the dishes build up after that. But i dont think i would of thrown dishes with any type of sauce over my house or son's controllers because its bound to get on something else lol. May i ask how old is your son?
    He's 14, stocky, and 6'2.
    I'm 38, stocky, and 5'8.

    On the otherhand, when rough housing he can never take me down or even hurt me. So he's resigned to accepting discipline without arguement. He's a teen, and a lot better behaved and more respectable teen than I ever was. I get a lot of compliments from other parents who he spends nights with their kids. Some parents dont give their kids a lot of toys (Xbox, big screen tv, etc). By default I give everything, as I know it's more to take away

    I used to spank them with a paddle, but in the teen years they are a little old for that. About 4 months ago I threatened to pull out the paddle again, he said he's too big.... I said "you wanna take bets on it?" He was like "ummmm.... no". Anyway, he generally does chores as soon as he's told, but thats the problem, I have to tell him. Typical teenage boy. My job is to mold him into someone that will make a good man in any situation once out on his own. Being a slob and not cleaning up after himself can likely result in him having a very unhappy wife because he doesnt clean up after himself..lol

    Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?"

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    Verizon and I currently have a difference of opinion on a similar issue.

    They believe I owe them about $500

    I believe they can go ahead and try to take away my birthday, because I am not paying them.

    I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.


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    I'm a teenager, and I am happy to see that some parents are still like mine and discipline their kids. Luckily I don't ever get anything "taken away" since I pay my own phone bills and internet bills blah blah, and keep good grades.

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    dudes... 4800 is nothing, a customer of mine racked up 15k.... YES 15k on an unlimited plan because tmobile stops counting after 99,999.. Granted its an unlimited plan they credited 14000
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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseweb View Post
    I'm a teenager, and I am happy to see that some parents are still like mine and discipline their kids.
    You know, it's interesting you say that. My kids say similar. I never did. I was rotten, but not spoiled, and any kind of discipline toward me made me worse. I attribute this to them being afraid to spank me as a child, and tried to "talk" to me instead. Thank god all those brain drugs didnt exist by then, I'd be a veggie now.

    I attribute my terrible teens days to them not taking the proper actions when I was much younger. Everyone could swear I was headed for prison. I was lucky in that one day, I decided to change. I didnt want what was at the end of the road I was on. At that point, I looked back and started learning. I figured out what my parents and others right/wrong, what worked and what didnt. So far as a parent, with fingers crossed, it has resulted in some great kids for the most part.

    But you know, I realize some things are inherited. These arent my kids by blood. When I came into their lives, the youngest was 3 weeks old and the older on was 3 years old. Thier real father was a mjor slob. No matter how much I try and drill it into them to be clean, they are always slobs. The oldest, until he finally got a girlfriend, couldnt get it thru his head that people could smell his BO a mile away. Finally we are passed that, and has a lot better hygiene now.... but his living room and bedroom remain messy. Oh well, if thats all I have to complain about, I'm pretty lucky.

    It's also really nice when teens understand that discipline (not punishment or abuse) is only for their own betterment. To be clear, I have always had an "easy" way out.... their grandmother (mother in law) has always wanted them to come live with her.... and they do for about a month every summer, and they get away with anything they want. But I set my goal that I would do a better job than my parents did, and they readily admit that I have succeeded in doing so.

    I'm strict, but also very giving. Now I am at the point of understanding how other parents worry about their kids going out on their own. You spent a huge amount of time and effort raising kids the best you can and they turn out good, then it all goes to waste if they get killed by a drunk driver, while kids that grow up to be criminals/losers live on. Funny how all their lives I have told them I cant wait till their 18 so they get out of my house, but as that date comes nearer, you become less sure of your willingness for that to actually happen.

    Oh hell, I'm getting soft I think...lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    dudes... 4800 is nothing, a customer of mine racked up 15k.... YES 15k on an unlimited plan because tmobile stops counting after 99,999.. Granted its an unlimited plan they credited 14000
    Was it a teen where the "parents" had to pay the bill because it was in their name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    He's 14, stocky, and 6'2.
    I'm 38, stocky, and 5'8.

    On the otherhand, when rough housing he can never take me down or even hurt me. So he's resigned to accepting discipline without arguement. He's a teen, and a lot better behaved and more respectable teen than I ever was. I get a lot of compliments from other parents who he spends nights with their kids. Some parents dont give their kids a lot of toys (Xbox, big screen tv, etc). By default I give everything, as I know it's more to take away

    I used to spank them with a paddle, but in the teen years they are a little old for that. About 4 months ago I threatened to pull out the paddle again, he said he's too big.... I said "you wanna take bets on it?" He was like "ummmm.... no". Anyway, he generally does chores as soon as he's told, but thats the problem, I have to tell him. Typical teenage boy. My job is to mold him into someone that will make a good man in any situation once out on his own. Being a slob and not cleaning up after himself can likely result in him having a very unhappy wife because he doesnt clean up after himself..lol

    Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?"
    Oh interesting good age to teach them and i really didnt want that much info sorry if you thought i ment it like that. Just basically wanted his age as you mentioned the amount of text messages hes sending so i can get ready to expect the same hahaha. Anyhow im a firm believer just like you.


    P.s Its funny... he asked me a while back "So who's going to clean up once I am on out my own?" to which I replied "Who's going to be making messes once you are out on your own?
    Very Very true brought a smile to my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooseweb View Post
    I'm a teenager, and I am happy to see that some parents are still like mine and discipline their kids. Luckily I don't ever get anything "taken away" since I pay my own phone bills and internet bills blah blah, and keep good grades.

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    Awesome keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tec...text.bill.KUSA

    All I can say is w.o.w..... My son racks up 10,000 messages a month. Glad I have him on an unlimited texting plan..

    While on the subject.... I found out a new way to discipline my kids. I found out from Sprint that they will totally or in part disable/enable my sons phone upon request whenever I need, and for free. It's been done twice now. Generally it for attitude I get from him when he starts in on guitar hero right after dinner instead of cleaning kitchen (his chore) and I turn the xbox off and tell him to get to work.
    I think we have a Junior Paris Hilton on our hands here. Are there mental health psychologists that can intervene in situations like these, I know of some hotels that will lock up your blackberry for you over the weekend. Perhaps I'll have to twitter David Drew Pinsky or "Dr. Drew" as some people know him http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Pinsky, to see if he knows of any TM (Text Messaging Anonymous groups)

    Seriously though, how does any child rack up 10,000+ text messages a day?

    I had a similar instance approximately four years ago, in which Verizon also claimed I sent some astronomical amount of text messages in the 10,000+ range. Since I rarely used text messaging, and only used it for server monitoring and light texting I was somewhat alarmed. Both their billing department and Senior Executives were not able to substantiate the text messages, after I requested a printed copy of each message and its contents. As the Telco providers keep logs of all incoming and outgoing messages flowing through their systems for a brief period of time, in the case they need to be used by law enforcement or the courts.

    On a side note, I am checking with my Identity Theft insurance provider and attorneys to look into this complaint, as Verizon may have been defrauded. Since, it was around the time when we were contacting Paris Hilton about the individuals who were hacking into her voicemail system (links to the audio and wired article are on my blog at http://www.libbs.net ). Also, it was after we were made aware of Matthew Weigman and other individuals calling in false 911 calls. Who said IT was dull

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    Hopefully by the time i have a kid and they are old enough for a cell phone Cingular, Tmobile and others will have unlimited plans as Sprint does or a Service called Metro PCS does here in Dallas, :]

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    "Seriously though, how does any child rack up 10,000+ text messages a day?"

    It was actually 600-700 per day each day, and a teen can do it if he/she has alot of friends and they txt message alot during the active day

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemon View Post
    "Seriously though, how does any child rack up 10,000+ text messages a day?"

    It was actually 600-700 per day each day, and a teen can do it if he/she has alot of friends and they txt message alot during the active day
    Very interesting huh? Poor kids will have arthritis before there grandma's lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by semoweb View Post
    Very interesting huh? Poor kids will have arthritis before there grandma's lol
    My thoughts exactly. I guess that it's entirely possible, if you have teens that have nothing better to do than send adult images to one another on camera phones, and text during class.

    I wonder what one of these kids would do if you gave them a quarter or numeric pager and said have fun?

    I know that I had quite a back and forth match with Verizon, trying to explain how it would be technically impossible for me to send 5,000-10,000 messages a month. Which they claimed were sent to a returned cell phone and the messages kept coming in (apparently after returning back from a U of I football game and returning the $500 cell phone after I had put the old one through the washing machine on accident). This phone was in a Verizon Wireless store and literally ringing off the hook.

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    Ah good too see you on the forums semoweb aka dusty :p

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    you are joking right?

    To me that is abusive parenting and I would report you if I knew where you lived.

    I hope you are joking because this is sick...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dev_stefan View Post
    you are joking right?
    To me that is abusive parenting and I would report you if I knew where you lived.
    I hope you are joking because this is sick...
    ... and how old are you?

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    Nearly all providers have a "Oppps... Policy".

    Forinstance:

    I was in El Paso using my phone for data and regular phone. I have a lot of minutes and unlimited data. I get back to California to a $700(something) phone bill.

    I called AT&T and after a few people, talked to a manager. She was able to have a Customer Service Rep delete the charges, as long as I agreed to disable international minutes/data... which I was very happy to.

    I also have a friend who's kid used about 3,000 minutes on his 500 minute plan with Sprint. He called up explained the situation and they gave him the "Opps... Policy" and deleted the charges, as long as he agreed to up his minutes per month.

    I'm quite sure the family in this story had their charges deleted, and everything is back to normal. Interesting how some people choose to be on the news, while others... would rather not have stupid attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xyclonehost View Post
    u r a pretty strict dad... wonder how my 2 yr old gonna fare when he's at your son's age..and i wonder how i will discipline him..
    Strict.. your kidding? My dad was MUCH worse. Whenever I needed the computer, he would always sit behind me on the couch and read newspaper and watch me on what I was doing. I had a tracker in my car that would tell him where I was, etc. So lame.
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    We put the kids computer in our office and they are only able to be on the computer when my fiance' and/or I are in there.

    They are only able to watch T.V for 1-2 hours, and both need to be in bed by 9:00pm.

    The 12yr nor the 16yr old have phones, and won't be getting any anytime soon. The 12yr old went from absolutely no rules and could do whatever she wanted with a D Grade, to now having rules and structure to a B+ Grade in 8 months. Structure and discipline doesn't work... hah!

    Children now days have no idea what strict is. Heck, compared to my parents and my Grandparents... I have no idea what strict is.

    Children now days have virtually no discipline, as that would require their lazy, "it's about me" attitude parents to actually be.. woah amazing... a parent. Most kids can do whatever they want, and it shows.

    Most kids are growing up with no respect for themselves or people around them. Starting to post very poor grades. Showing complete disconnect with how the "adult", "real world" works. And a lot of these kids will learn the "why me"... "why is the world against me" defeatist attitudes. Instead of taking control of their lives, like winners. Like people who have good self-steem, people who control their own destiny, who have responsibility, and who have structure in their lives. Now... I sound like my Dad! lol

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    Hah!

    I thought I was the only one who expressed my frustration with people not cleaning up their mess by moving the mess into their own personal space

    In California we have ads for "don't trash California" where they dump trash in peoples houses etc as a point that you wouldn't litter in your own home, why outside etc. A good concept I think.

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    Fortunately I have unlimited texting, I usually end the month with 5,000-in & 5,000-out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    ... and how old are you?
    young enough to realise that you are a grouchy old fart

    Seriously try treating your son with more respect...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dev_stefan View Post
    young enough to realise that you are a grouchy old fart

    Seriously try treating your son with more respect...
    lol... This is why they created the unlimited plans... I agree, people are less strict these days everything from ads and etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dev_stefan View Post
    young enough to ..........Seriously try treating your son with more respect...
    Uh oh, gotcha there. A major problem with teens is they feel they should be respected without having to EARN that respect. They also dont respect authority and that elders, but still expect to be respected themselves.

    Respect Rule #1. Respect your elders. I have always been this way myself, and teach my kids the same.

    Respect Rule #2. Decide who you want to be respected by, and earn it. Dont expect elders and peers to automatically respect you.

    Respect Rule #3. Look for positives in others so you can respect them. Maybe they will do the same for you.

    My son and I do respect each other actually, and both know each would give their life for the other if needed. He's still a teen at 15, but being 6'2 he's a full grown man and has the mentality of a grown man for the most part.

    I didnt "disrespect" him. Lets keep in mind his living room is still mine, as well as everything in there. It's mine to do what I want with except for a couple of video games he bought on his own dime. The kitchen and dishes are also mine. When he continually leaves it trashed, is that respecting the Father of the house? See, it goes both way. Fortunately, stuff like that is few and far between. Dont misread my strictness or his discipline as a form of abuse or disrespect. We get along great, but that doesnt mean there are no rules. I may be his friend, but am also his dad who is supposed to make him understand rules, respect, laws, and be prepared to go out on his own and hopefully live life better than I have.

    So I think you have a misunderstanding of the situation when you state I need to respect him a little more..

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    that just seems so impossible!

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    Another one bites the dust.. seriously, figure out what your kids are doing and things like this won't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MALcorp View Post
    that just seems so impossible!
    we can tell it is possible which is like amazing lol
    I dont use more than 400 sms a month! even when i was younger! (not that im old tho..im just 24) but hey, how much do u need to writte in a text message to get a bill o f 4800$?!!!

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