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  1. #1
    Andy M - Tampa Bay
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    On my last T-Mobile bill (dated 12/23/2004), I was double-billed 5 times and
    triple-billed twice for sending an international SMS. The bill shows the
    messages being sent at the same time on same date to the same number. I know
    I wasn't hitting the send button repeatedly, and I haven't had such an issue
    sending SMS in the last 2+ years i've been with t-mobile. I called up
    customer care and they did an "Advanced Billing Research" - a truly fancy
    name, as they came back 48 hours later and said that charges were still
    valid as messages were sent, refusing to give me an "advanced billing"
    answer, and wouldn't transfer me to higher level support. I asked them to
    check if the 2 or 3 multiple message instances contained the same
    information or it was different. They refused to go into this... and
    credited me only 2 international SMS, citing that in future i should be
    "very careful" and hit the send button only once. At some point I felt like
    telling the muppets at the other end of the line that I know more than they
    do about their handsets and network than what the company tells them, but
    who am I to argue, just the paying customer. Go Figure!
    I send 30 international SMS every month and this is the first time it comes
    up on my bill. All T-Mobile say is check your next bill, and if it happens
    again, call us. (and i'll have to go through the same thing again).
    Any one had similar issues? Or do I have faulty handsets (SE T300 - trouble
    free for 1.5 years, Moto V60G trouble free for 2.5 years)?





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  2. #2
    John Navas
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    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    Perhaps you inadvertently sent a long message that was broken up automatically
    into more than one standard SMS message -- that's happened to me a few times.

    In <[email protected]> on Thu, 06 Jan 2005
    02:33:33 GMT, "Andy M - Tampa Bay" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On my last T-Mobile bill (dated 12/23/2004), I was double-billed 5 times and
    >triple-billed twice for sending an international SMS. The bill shows the
    >messages being sent at the same time on same date to the same number. I know
    >I wasn't hitting the send button repeatedly, and I haven't had such an issue
    >sending SMS in the last 2+ years i've been with t-mobile. I called up
    >customer care and they did an "Advanced Billing Research" - a truly fancy
    >name, as they came back 48 hours later and said that charges were still
    >valid as messages were sent, refusing to give me an "advanced billing"
    >answer, and wouldn't transfer me to higher level support. I asked them to
    >check if the 2 or 3 multiple message instances contained the same
    >information or it was different. They refused to go into this... and
    >credited me only 2 international SMS, citing that in future i should be
    >"very careful" and hit the send button only once. At some point I felt like
    >telling the muppets at the other end of the line that I know more than they
    >do about their handsets and network than what the company tells them, but
    >who am I to argue, just the paying customer. Go Figure!
    >I send 30 international SMS every month and this is the first time it comes
    >up on my bill. All T-Mobile say is check your next bill, and if it happens
    >again, call us. (and i'll have to go through the same thing again).
    >Any one had similar issues? Or do I have faulty handsets (SE T300 - trouble
    >free for 1.5 years, Moto V60G trouble free for 2.5 years)?
    >


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  3. #3
    Simon Templar
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    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    John Navas wrote:
    > Perhaps you inadvertently sent a long message that was broken up automatically
    > into more than one standard SMS message -- that's happened to me a few times.
    >


    That's a good point, if your message exceeded 160 characters then the
    message is actually broken up into up 3 messages. You won't notice this
    as the originating phone just does it and most new phones will
    automatically join them back into one message when the receive them.

    I've noticed incoming messages on my phone and the phone says updating
    message once or twice when it receives the 2nd or 3rd SMS. When I read
    the message it is only the one message.


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  4. #4
    Fleetie
    Guest

    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    > I've noticed incoming messages on my phone and the phone says updating message once or twice when it receives the 2nd or 3rd
    > SMS. When I read the message it is only the one message.


    Yeah but usually that happens transparently and immediately doesn't it?

    I very frequently send messages 3, 4, or even 6 times the 160-character
    limit per SMS.

    I kinda assumed reconstitution is normally transparent and immediate, but
    maybe my friends just always send me short messages and I hadn't noticed!


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  5. #5
    AC
    Guest

    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    Hi,

    Don't be so sure that there hasn't been an error. I was recently on holiday
    in Egypt and used my phone on the final day only, whilst waiting in the
    airport, to recieve my e-mails. On checking my bill when it arrived shortly
    after my return it was excessively high. To cut a long story short Orange
    had tried to overcharge me by some £320 for GPRS usage supposedly from
    Egypt - it was used in the UK prior to departure. When I initially called
    Orange they insisted that the bill was correct 'cos it says so on the
    computer!' Needless to say I wasn't happy with this and wrote to them
    outlining the errors and complaining that I had been effectively accussed of
    lying.

    It turned out that Orange had made errors since I started my contract with
    them some 8 months ago. I received a letter from someone who obviously had
    a brain cell rather than the muppet I spoke with on the phone and I was
    reimbursed.

    All these comapnies are thieving b******s. It's funny how these 'errors'
    are always in their favour.

    Regards

    AC





  6. #6
    John Navas
    Guest

    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    [POSTED TO alt.cellular.gsm - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <[email protected]> on Thu, 6 Jan 2005 21:22:34 -0000, "AC"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >All these comapnies are thieving b******s.


    That's not my experience.

    >It's funny how these 'errors'
    >are always in their favour.


    I've also seen errors in the favor of subscribers.

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    John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>



  7. #7
    Donald Newcomb
    Guest

    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?


    "AC" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > All these comapnies are thieving b******s. It's funny how these 'errors'
    > are always in their favour.


    Not always. But don't ask me for details. ;-)

    --
    Donald Newcomb
    DRNewcomb (at) attglobal (dot) net





  8. #8
    Andy M - Tampa Bay
    Guest

    Re: Incorrect messaging charges?

    "John Navas" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Perhaps you inadvertently sent a long message that was broken up
    > automatically
    > into more than one standard SMS message -- that's happened to me a few
    > times.


    John,

    I checked my SE T300 settings, long SMS messages option was turned off. So
    it isn't my handset, and my Moto V60G doesn't have a long SMS option, only
    limited to 160 characters. I'm pretty sure T-mobile have had a billing
    error.

    >
    > In <[email protected]> on Thu, 06 Jan 2005
    > 02:33:33 GMT, "Andy M - Tampa Bay" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On my last T-Mobile bill (dated 12/23/2004), I was double-billed 5 times
    >>and
    >>triple-billed twice for sending an international SMS. The bill shows the
    >>messages being sent at the same time on same date to the same number. I
    >>know
    >>I wasn't hitting the send button repeatedly, and I haven't had such an
    >>issue
    >>sending SMS in the last 2+ years i've been with t-mobile. I called up
    >>customer care and they did an "Advanced Billing Research" - a truly fancy
    >>name, as they came back 48 hours later and said that charges were still
    >>valid as messages were sent, refusing to give me an "advanced billing"
    >>answer, and wouldn't transfer me to higher level support. I asked them to
    >>check if the 2 or 3 multiple message instances contained the same
    >>information or it was different. They refused to go into this... and
    >>credited me only 2 international SMS, citing that in future i should be
    >>"very careful" and hit the send button only once. At some point I felt
    >>like
    >>telling the muppets at the other end of the line that I know more than
    >>they
    >>do about their handsets and network than what the company tells them, but
    >>who am I to argue, just the paying customer. Go Figure!
    >>I send 30 international SMS every month and this is the first time it
    >>comes
    >>up on my bill. All T-Mobile say is check your next bill, and if it happens
    >>again, call us. (and i'll have to go through the same thing again).
    >>Any one had similar issues? Or do I have faulty handsets (SE T300 -
    >>trouble
    >>free for 1.5 years, Moto V60G trouble free for 2.5 years)?
    >>

    >
    > --
    > Best regards, HELP FOR CINGULAR GSM & SONY ERICSSON PHONES:
    > John Navas <http://navasgrp.home.att.net/#Cingular>






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