A Woman Stole A SIM Card And Racked Up $193,187 Worth Of Data Fees
By Casey Chan on May 3, 2011 at 2:20 PM
Kylie Monks, a 33-year-old Tasmanian woman, has been jailed for stealing a SIM card and using the hell out of it. How intense was it? Over a 3-month period, she racked up $193,187.43 worth of data fees. Monks, to her credit, said she only used the SIM card to check Facebook and download a dozen movies.
Thatís insane! The Register says she stole the 3G SIM card from an electric meter and plugged it into her laptop to enjoy free internet
. The SIM card was obviously only meant to send bits of data about the meter to the power company so you could imagine their shock when the 3-month bill turned out to be $US200,000. Monks was arrested and sheís going to have to serve 6 months in jail for her theft.
I took a look at Telstraís data rates and if youíre a pay-as-you-go customeróbasically their worst rate availableóitís $US2 per megabyte. That would mean she downloaded 100,000 megabytes or around 97 gigabytes of data in a three-month span. Thatís a lot of Facebooking, let me tell ya. http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/05/a-woman-stole-a-sim-card-and-racked-up-193187-worth-of-data-fees/
Basically she used 96.5 Gigabytes of data.