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Old 01-24-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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Teen sends 14,528 text messages, dad gets 440 page bill


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Silverado (CA) - Greg Hardesty's teenage daughter managed to send 14,528 text messages last month. When he received his 440 page AT&T wireless phone bill, he thought it was a mistake. The dad, age 45, said "First I laughed. I thought 'That's insane. That's impossible.' And I immediate whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible." He found out that it was, but just barely.

Reina, his 13-yr old daughter, would've had to send text message at the rate of 484 per day, or one every two minutes of every waking hour. When the father asked "Who are you texting anyway? Your entire school?" She replied, "A lot of my friends have unlimited texting. I just text them pretty much all the time."

According to the report, she routinely messages a core group of "four obsessive texters," all girls between 12 and 13 years old on her LG phone. Reina managed to text one of her friends who was sitting right next to her at a karaoke party.

Hardesty's AT&T phone plan included unlimited texting for $30/month. If he would've had to pay standard AT&T rates the bill would've been a whopping $2,905.60 (at $0.20 per message).

According to Nielson studies, the average 13- to 17-yr old teen texts 1,742 messages per month. Hardesty admits that he texts around 900 messages per month (30 per day), which is about 700 more than his age group.

As a result of this last month's activity, and in an attempt to curtail her texting activity, Hardesty and his ex-wife have now told Reina she can no longer send text messages after dinner.
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You can't be f**king serious ...

If she was my daughter I would have broke her damn phone, can you imagine is she had a Sidekick or other keyboard phones !!!!
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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My daughter had 6,783 this past billing cycle...she on unlimited to say the least!
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:27 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure I'm one of a very small group of teenagers who sends maybe 5 or 6 text messages a month.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:27 PM   #4
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...why would you break her phone?
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:42 PM   #6
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...why would you break her phone?
Because she is wasting time, no wonder a large percent of american kids are fricking retarded.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:44 PM   #7
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Old news. Saw it on the local news about a month ago.
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:47 PM   #8
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Old 01-24-2009, 09:54 PM   #9
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I'm pretty sure I'm one of a very small group of teenagers who sends maybe 5 or 6 text messages a month.
I'm sort of in that group to, i send less than 50 a month which is amazing considering the amount some of the people that have my number text
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:46 PM   #10
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geez im not a teenager and with my friends and gf and stuff i text easily 6-7000 a month i text more than i call.
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:30 PM   #12
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i text more than i call.
sad thing is so do I... but i have to be plugged to call anyone for more than about a minute so it's a PITA
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Old 01-24-2009, 11:38 PM   #13
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Texting has gotten so bad At my school and when i invite my friends over

i See kids Text their friends in class in the halls. i want to grab there phone throw it against the locker and punch the kid in the face

then when i have some friends over we would be playing a game together and all of a suddenly he would whip out his texting phone and he says hold on its my girl friend and we stop until hes done texting then we would resume and repeat
also my friend lives across the street from me so god damn annoying!!

I wish text chat was never introduced to phones

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Old 01-24-2009, 11:52 PM   #14
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WOW, some people need to learn get a hobby. Maby even buy a Camaro...
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:25 AM   #15
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i average about 9k per month. and it could be more, i think my record is 12.5k
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:27 AM   #16
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I think I average about 6,000 to 7,000 a month. I also text more than call, but that's because I have unlimited text, but only 500 minutes/month.
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:41 AM   #17
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I think I average about 6,000 to 7,000 a month. I also text more than call, but that's because I have unlimited text, but only 500 minutes/month.
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Yea, i've used less than 200 mins in the 4 mnths i've had my new plan. but about 30k texts i'm sure
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:46 AM   #18
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Good LORD what a waste of TIME! Figure in how long it takes to make a text message... Lots of stupidly wasted time.

I do e-mails from my black berry so that counts as text messages but with my texting and e-mail and even work e-mail on my storm, I average 500 a month.
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Good LORD what a waste of TIME! Figure in how long it takes to make a text message... Lots of stupidly wasted time.

I do e-mails from my black berry so that counts as text messages but with my texting and e-mail and even work e-mail on my storm, I average 500 a month.
About 5-10 seconds tops?

I don't see the point of that particular argument. I admit its a bit too many texts, but not because of how long it takes to enter a text message.
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I have unlimited too and got unlimited for my teen. I average about 3-4K messages/month.

My teen averages about 60. Maybe less LOL. Seriously thats sixty!! Makes me wonder if I should have paid for unlimited for him!! Well one day hes gonna surprise me so I better keep the unlimited for him.
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I still dont get why he got a 440page bill? If so someone at AT&T needs their ass kicked!! It should be them that should be scorned not the teen! What a waste of $$ and paper. D**k wads!
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I still dont get why he got a 440page bill? If so someone at AT&T needs their ass kicked!! It should be them that should be scorned not the teen! What a waste of $$ and paper. D**k wads!
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:12 AM   #23
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I still dont get why he got a 440 page bill? If so someone at AT&T needs their ass kicked!! It should be them that should be scorned not the teen! What a waste of $$ and paper. D**k wads!
I think with AT&T you can get a simple bill (just number of texts/minutes used) or a more complex one (that has it all listed out) so the 440 pages is either the dads fault or AT&T screwed up
but I have Verizon so I'm not sure how accurate that is
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:37 AM   #24
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About 5-10 seconds tops?

I don't see the point of that particular argument. I admit its a bit too many texts, but not because of how long it takes to enter a text message.
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So you could do 6-12 texts in 1 minute? since saying it takes 5-10 sec for 1 ?

14,528 texts would take 20.1 hours if each text was 5 seconds..
14,528 texts would be 40.3 hours if each text took 10 seconds..

Seeing any point to my argument yet? This is based off your 5-10 sec estimate.
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