In early 2012, 17-year-old French Cameroonian midfielder Lionel Messi Nyamsi made the news.
Solenne San Jose, of France was a customer of Telecom Bouygues, her local mobile network operator and internet service provider.
She lost her job in September, so decided that it’s best that she terminate the phone’s contract before the pre-agreed timeframe. She was then told that there’s a termination fee, and that it would be revealed in her upcoming bill.
Little did she expect that the bill came up to â‚¬11,721,000,000,000,000 (around USD15 quadrillion).
It’s easily the costliest phone bill in history.
Of course it’s a mistake, which was later corrected to â‚¬117, and was then reportedly waived.
Interestingly, Bouygues initially didn’t admit to it its mistake, and even offered a repayment plan to pay for the original, humongous, erroneous sum. It would’ve been hilarious to see how the company tries to get one woman to pay for what is almost 6,000 times France’s annual GDP.
Other huge phone bills include the one in 2006, when Yahaya Wahab of Kedah, Malaysia was reported to have received a USD218 trillon phone bill from Telekom Malaysia.
I first heard this in 2005, but apparently it aired much earlier (1996 – at a time when black ink cartridges still cost a fortune), on Andy Savage’s radio program on Minneapolis station 93.7 (The Edge). Kim, 25, called in to take part in a segment called “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not,” where anybody who suspects their partners or spouses to have an affair can ask Savage to try to expose them live on air. So Savage phoned Greg, her boyfriend.
This will never get old – that “I was kidding” moment at the end is totally priceless.
For those who doubt the authenticity of this, consider this.
Nik Razif Nik Hashim posted the following photo which he called a “double transit”. It was taken at Dr Rowi’s Mini Observatory, Pantai Mek Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia on 6th June 2012, 11.30am.
At the moment the photo was taken, a plane passed by the sun.