In a world where “unlimited” usually means “limited,” it’s not hard to see how one Philadelphia man’s attempt to break the world’s one-month text messaging record netted him a whopping $26,000 phone bill. In their attempt to set a new world record, two friends from Pennsylvania racked up an impressive 217,000 SMS text messages in the month of March. Turns out, one of the two men took his “unlimited” text messaging too far, and found a $26,000 bill, enclosed in its own shipping box, sitting on his door step.
In researching the record for the most SMS text messages sent in one month, Nick Andes, 29, found that Deepak Sharma sent 182,000 text messages in India in 2005. Andes set off to break that record with fellow messaging enthusiast Doug Klinger, 30. Both men had signed up for unlimited text messaging plans and started sending out upwards of 7,000 text message per day. Most messages were of the “LOL” or “hello” variety, but those messages helped the duo reach 217,000 total text messages in one month!
The resulting bill came to Andes’ door with some bad new – he owed T-Mobile 26,000! “It came in a box that cost $27.55 to send to me,” said Andes. Luckily, T-Mobile customer service worked it out and credited Andes’ account. T-Mobile is now looking into why the bill was sent in the first place.
Do you have what it takes to set a new world record for most text message in one month? Make sure you have an unlimited text messaging plan… and then pray you don’t end up with a five-figure bill.