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Thursday, September 13, 2007

What's Going on Behind Your Back

Well I've been bad. No post long time.

When does off not mean off? Well if you own an iPhone.
(This article fails to point out the phones were turned off and never used but they still do email downloads.)

Back in July, a man was shocked to see that he'd received a $3,000 iPhone bill after heading overseas and getting nailed by the AT&T Wireless "pay-per-byte" data plan. He managed to get a full refund from AT&T after complaining via the blog Boing Boing. The user brought attention to the fact that AT&T Blackberry users are able to sign up for a $70 unlimited international plan, but iPhone users are not.

Apparently, he wasn't the only one not paying attention to the billing plan he signed on for. Another family is complaining they were billed $4,800 by AT&T after taking their three iPhones on an international cruise.
"Levy and his daughter each have three e-mail accounts on their iPhones, and they were each billed more than $1,900. His wife's phone had one e-mail account, and her bill hit $890. One connection alone ran $223. Levy said he has complained all the way to office of AT&T's president."
AT&T iPhone users users who travel Outside the U.S. pay $24.99 for 20 megabytes. In some countries, users can pay between $5 to $20 per megabyte for data.

And now Microsoft does updates even when your settings say not to.

Microsoft Corp. has started updating files on computers running Windows XP and Vista, even when users have explicitly disabled the operating systems’ automatic update feature, researchers said today.

Scott Dunn, an editor at the “Windows Secrets” newsletter, said that nine files in XP and Vista — but not the same files in each operating system — have been changed by Windows Update, the Microsoft update mechanism, without displaying the usual notification or permission dialog box. The files, said Dunn, are related to the XP and Vista versions of Windows Update (WU) itself.