UK man gets massive R100k data bill after holidaying in CT

The man was billed for data roaming charges after checking his emails while on a family holiday.

FILE. The staggering fee has prompted questions to the telecommunications industry about the costs of using mobile phones when abroad. Picture: Freeimages.com

LONDON - A British father has been billed more than R100,000 in data roaming charges after checking his emails while on a family holiday to Cape Town.

He claims he only turned his phone on after the long-haul flight, to retrieve the hotel booking details from his email account.

The staggering fee has prompted questions to the telecommunications industry about the costs of using mobile phones when abroad.

The 44-year-old Briton, within minutes of logging on to his email account via his phone, received a text from Vodafone informing him he had run up a bill of R10,000.

He immediately disputed the amount with his network provider, only to be informed the bill was 10 times that.

It's thought he downloaded a raft of emails at the airport, while logging on to find the particular one he was looking for.

Vodafone, on a UK basic pay monthly tariff, charges R60 per megabyte for usage abroad, and R100 per every five megabytes used thereafter.

The company says it's looking in to the matter.