Well, I was waiting for the first thing to go wrong, (she says in true Pollyanna fashion) and it's a doozy, as they say.
Got a text yesterday from the nice folks at AT&T, my wireless phone company, informing me that "due to a high incidence of international data access" my service had been suspended both here and in the US. Don't you hate it when they do that?
My Visa people did is back in February, just after I had paid for our upcoming holiday. Apparently, because they weren't used to such a large amount being charged to my card (see- I told you I'm not a shopper), they simply suspended it. Didn't bother telling me until I tried to use it to fill the car up. Oh no. That would make far too much sense. Just wait till I have five people behind me and a smart arse cashier all smirking at me, why don't you?
Anyway, yet again I was mildly irritated at the suspension. Why can't they just text me or phone me to ask what's going on instead of taking it upon themselves to decide that a globe-trotting phone thief is making merry with my account? So I rang them up, and told them that since I was in England, yes, there would be a "high incidence" of international usage.
What I failed to appreciate was the emphasis on the phrase "data access". Apparently my plan doesn't cover e-mail access outside of the US. Since this is the first time I've ever had a phone that could "pull data" on an hourly basis, (or all the time if you want it to), we simply didn't think to make the necessary changes to our calling plan. I'm generously saying "we" although it's the Ball & Chain who fiddles around with all that stuff, so technically it's his fault.
Why all the fuss, you might ask. Well, as of yesterday, I have apparently run up a $900 bill.
Yes, that's right. Upwards of 450 quid that would be.
I immediately phoned the B&C who I think, has managed to sort it out. Apparently we can retro-actively buy into the appropriate plan for $100 and it will cover the 50 mega somethings that I've unwittingly already used. Still daylight robbery in my opinion, but a lot easier to live with than the aforementioned $900 wouldn't you say?