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'Bild' editor racks up €42,000 in roaming charges

The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 10:33

Published: 22 Jun 2010 10:33 GMT+02:00

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The horrific roaming fees were first reported this week by media sector magazine Kontakter.

On Tuesday, Diekmann confirmed that the charges stemmed from several days in Morocco last winter, when he published a “100-day blog.”

“Such things happen when an editor-in-chief blogs on holiday,” he told Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. “But the amount stunned me of course.”

Diekmann said he then approached Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann after a speech he gave at a Bild business conference when questions from the public were allowed.

“I inquired about roaming charges in general and specifically about my own,” he told the paper.

But Obermann offered no special deals for the controversial newspaper man. Instead he reminded Diekmann in front of the crowd that Bild publisher Axel Springer was still a normal customer.

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“That means, get in line,” Diekmann told the paper.

Fortunately for Diekmann, his employer picked up the huge bill in the end.

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17:32 June 22, 2010 by ovbg
¦quot;Instead he reminded Diekmann in front of the crowd that Bild publisher Axel Springer was still a normal customer.¦quot; Ah yes, a normal customer. As a normal customer DT will charge you €42,000 for a service they only would charge €30 a month within the borders of Germany. Basically they said, ¦quot;we will screw you like we screw everyone else¦quot;. How these company¦#39;s can justify such outlandish fee¦#39;s for something which obviously costs them no real difference just because a border was crossed is the real scam. I remember reading when someone found a fee for €11,000 because they downloaded a film after crossing a border. I don¦#39;t like the Bild as a newspaper, but I certainly hope they never let this go. How Telecom operators can rip people off so much is surely a crime. Imagine if this was the case in other industries? Let¦#39;s say, your credit card fee in Germany is 1€ but use your card in the US and they charge €20,000. I suggest the Bild search out all other customers in Germany who have been ripped off in this way, and plaster these stories day after day in their paper. You would be surprised how quickly DT would have to change their policies.
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