Celina Aarons, from South Florida, US, had the shock of a lifetime when she opened her cell phone bill from T Mobile and find she owed $201,000.
The woman checked with the mobile phone services provider and she learned that it wasn’t a mistake.
Celina Aarons has two deaf brothers, who are also unable to speak.
Shamir, Celina’s younger brother, who is in college and doesn’t work, and his sister is especially close to him.
The easiest way for Celina Aarons and her brother to communicate is by texting.
Celina Aarons had a data plan and the bill usually came to a total of about $175.
One day Shamir went to Canada for a two-week holiday and neither Celina Aarons nor her brother thought to change him to an international plan.
According to the bill, the two brothers sent over 2,000 texts between them and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges for downloading a single video.
After getting the bill Celina Aarons said: “I asked three, four times. I was like <<Are you serious?>>”
Celina Aarons told WSVN-Channel 7 News: “I was freaking out. I was shaking, crying. I was like <<my life is over>>.”
She said that paying the monster bill was impossible.
Celina Aarons added: “That’s like paying for a nice house right now based on what houses are going for.”
The phone company should have told her the bill was soaring, Celina Aarons argues.
T Mobile replied that her brother was billed $10 per megabyte and that they had texted the rate to him.
Four additional texts were sent to Shamir’s phone as the charges surged, T Mobile said.
T Mobile have now reduced the bill to $2,500 and given Celina Aarons six months to pay it.