MY DATA ADDICTION has resulted in O2-Ireland throttling my packet services during my Stateside trip. I got a text that read, "We have restricted your internet usage from your phone due to high data charges. Please call free phone 1909 to discuss these further." There's more at left that probably means I have spent more than EUR 100 in mobile data charges for each of the seven days of our trip to New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. I wish O2 could text me in hundred euro increments but I also know I should routinely ask my network the amount of my current charges. I can hear the sniggering already from well-read Irish bloggers, some who have accompanied me on trips to Italy, England and Germany where I rang up more than €350 a day on several occasions. It will really hurt if my data charges are north of €2000 for a one-week period. Check my Qikstream for my "Roaming Data Report" on 28 March 2009 if you want to hear the painful cries of mobile data extortion as I explain how data addiction while truly mobile can cost you more per day than a four-star hotel room.
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