A British woman has been charged £12.5K for downloading My Family while on holiday

Holidaymaker charged £12,500 for downloading My Family while in Turkey
Patricia Al who was hit with a £12,500 mobile bill for downloading two episodes of ‘My Family’ while on holiday in Turkey (Picture: SWNS)

A woman who downloaded episodes of a sitcom while in Turkey has, unsurprisingly, been charged £12,500.


For the same price Patricia Al, 23, could have flown back to the UK in business class 18 times and bought the box set.


She was on holiday in Bodrum, using her hotel’s WiFi to download My Family from iTunes when the internet cut out.


As a result, her mobile phone took over the download of two episodes costing her a total of £10,611, plus charges of £2,500 for other data bundles.


Patricia returned home to a bill from O2 of £12,520.87 – which could buy 323 complete box sets of the all 11 series of the hit show.


She said: ‘I’d bought the entire series on iTunes and wanted to download them so I had something to watch on the plane on the way home.


‘I didn’t want to download all the episodes at once, so I set up my laptop to download them one at a time.


Copy of Patricia Al's mobile bill where she was hit with a £12,500 bill for downloading two episodes of 'My Family' while on holiday in Turkey. See SWNS story SWPHONE; A young woman was stung with an incredible £12,500 mobile bill for accidentally using her phone while abroad ñ to download episodes of MY FAMILY. Patricia Al, 23, was slapped with the monster bill after unknowingly using her O2 mobile as a modem to download just TWO episodes of the long-running sitcom while she was on holiday in Turkey ñ after her hotel Wi-Fi cut out. The intern property consultant was charged an incredible £5300 per episode using iTunes on her laptop to download the comedy show, starring Ben Lindsay, while she was on a five-day family break to Bodrum. For the combined total of £10611 it cost her to download just two episodes, Patricia could have bought an incredible 323 complete boxed sets of the all 11 series of the show from Amazon. Patricia, from Chelsea, London, said: ìIíd bought the entire series on iTunes and wanted to download them I had something to watch on the plane on the way home.
The bill which shows the huge amount Patricia Al was charged (Picture: SWNS)

‘Every day I would plug my phone into my laptop to charge, set up the downloading on the hotel WiFi and go off for a swim.


‘I had no idea what had happened until I got a message from O2 on my last day of my holiday, saying my phone may have been stolen, because my bill was so large.


‘I had a look online at my bill, and I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was more than £12,000.


‘From the looks of things, the free hotel Wi-Fi must have cut out twice and my phone automatically took the internet access.’


O2 has now reduced Patricia’s bill to £5,700.


Metro




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