A $270 phone bill?!

What the…?

Between setting up a brand new connection, wiring and the technician’s visiting fee, the total came to three months’ worth of regular phone/internet bills.

I knew the phone line had to be connected, but didn’t realise it had NEVER been connected in the past. And I sure was not prepared for the charge. The LL set it up for us before we moved in, so I never dealt directly with Telecom. Still, we would have had to do it nonetheless – it’s a necessary evil.

Ouch.

Action: Pull $70 from bills account.

Use $40 of my Chinese New Year money. (Yep, only got my angpows this week since I missed the family do – got to love the working weekends thing)

Pay the remaining $160 from savings and replenish it ASAP from other income streams.

Not happy, but I don’t think I have much choice in the matter.

4 thoughts on “A $270 phone bill?!

  • Reply Scribbles March 29, 2010 at 15:36

    Ours was 212 – ridiculous. SB is going to ring and have some words with Telecom… the amount is just ridiculous and some of our bill is charging us for service we haven’t even used yet.

  • Reply Investing Newbie March 30, 2010 at 09:53

    Ouch! 270! This is a landline or cellphone?

  • Reply The Asian Pear March 30, 2010 at 11:12

    ouch. yeah. if it’s never been connected, it can be pricey to have that installed. I’m suprised that it’s never been connected before though. usually, it has and it’s just an activation fee. that’s a pretty pricey.

  • Reply eemusings March 30, 2010 at 13:44

    @Newbie – This is a landline. I wouldn’t imagine you’d ever need a connection for a cellphone? Just pay for your new handset and sim card, and go.

    @ Scribbles – I’m pretty sure they charge in advance. That’s part of why ours was so much. Also explains why I didn’t have to pay anything towards our last bill at the old place – actually ended up in credit after March was all settled up.

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