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  1. Emma

    Wahhhhhh what a tale of woe!!

    And to think I cried “FOOUULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!” after starts with T, rhymes with so bile, charged me an extra 30 bucks for a few minutes of chatter as I drove across Canada.

    Tears would be streaming across my face for you, except that you have resolved your sorrows. For you have drowned them in Michelob Ultra.

  2. Christine @ Merf In Progress

    It could be that you confused Kodajone since your stink-eye looks more like a “come hither” look.

    Call and whine. They’ll probably cut you some slack. I called Thprint (that’s bugs bunny saying my phone company’s name) once after going about 100 minutes over, and I said whoops, and they gave me my money back.

  3. Rach

    Oh wow, that’s awful! I’m glad that there’s a bright side to this story ’cause otherwise it would just be really sad all around. But you’re right – those conversations are so important! :)

  4. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    There really isn’t a single phone service company in the whole world that isn’t evil, is there?

  5. Errign

    Aw, bummer! I hate gigantic phone bills :(

  6. Vaala ◪

    Hahaha! I used to be with Kodajone but my phone hated its charger and refused to charge up so I got a hand-me-down rival phone from my ex. It has never failed. Although I will have to get a new phone soon since it’s not on the new fangled network that all phones here will have to be on soon. So I’m thinking of moving to the 3rd rival phone company just out of spite.

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    Oh god – DO NOT talk to me about telephone service providers. The TIO and I are currently besties given I have been in my new house for almost 5 months now and STILL no home phone due to a certain telephone provider not getting their act together. Let’s just say each time I think about it I suddently find myself wearing VERY stiff grey crankypants

  8. whisperinggums

    That’s what I call cathartic writing … well done Way Choc.

  9. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    What a nightmare!! At least you have the memories :) Although that phone bill is horrendous!

  10. anh@anhsfoodblog.com

    so funny about the phone story. I experienced the same thing this month with the “zoooooooo” mobile career. Can u believe I experience drop out in calls when i am in ‘zoooo’ building? meh!

  11. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Oh dear. Dear-y dear. Not a happy tale :( If you ever want to switch, I am with a different phone company starting with V (rhymes with Merjin) and have found them to be pleasant and my Cap phone plan to be functional.

    I also wanted to let you know that your review of Lindt Dark Chocolate Caramel (http://wayfaringchocolate.com/2011/04/24/lindt-exellence-dark-chocolate-caramel/) did indeed convince me to try it, and I agree with all of your comments :) It was quite sweet, but the contrast between the sharp caramel segments and the chocolate seemed to make the chocolate taste darker than it was. I would have like a few percent more cocoa, but I’ll say Thank You Lindt and accept it as is.

  12. Priyanka

    My phone company that all starts with a V and rhymes with horizon charged me $300 as international data roaming charges when my phone was switched off the entire time I was in India. Really, horizon, you think I would pay $300 for something I did not do!

    Phone companies are simply evil.

  13. JohannaGGG

    The ways of mobile phones are still a mystery so I love my landline (do you have one?) I do endorse valuing friends and family over telephone companies – they just have no idea!

    I lost my mobile phone for a few weeks recently and then on the weekend I found it in my bag just where I had looked for it a few times and then I charged it and forgot to take it when meeting a friend – we still met! Fortunately my phone is still on prepaid.

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    Woops, that didn’t work.

  16. Brooke

    I’m a pre-paid girl, but then I don’t use my phone much other than to text. We had the same insane phone bill with our home phone. Our landline goes through the internet, or it should. We discovered one day that our phone hadn’t been going through the net and we were infact using a Telstra line. When we realised that a 2 hour phone call to Canada had occurred during that time, we were freaking out about how much the bill would be. But in the end the call was to tell my hubby’s Dad that he would be a Grandfather again and that would be worth it no matter what. The bill wasn’t the hundreds of dollars we thought it would be, so that was kind of nice.

  17. penny aka jeroxie

    always having to read between the lines with phone companies… they are so full of BOOOooo

  18. Fiona

    UGH

    EMAILS WITH ME FROM NOW ON.

    Or I call you. I get free to Voda, 3 and CJ (I’m with CJ)

    Yes. Maybe that’s it.

  19. Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily

    Wow! That chocolate bar looks like it is straight out of willy wonka. I hate bills especially one thats blind side you and slap you around a little. Never good.

  20. Margaret

    Yes, it is people who make our lives rich and colourful. :)
    But you do not need to spend anywhere near that much on a mobile phone bill sweetheart! Now that you are a working gal, you can spend it on fancy chocolate, fun outings and pretty, girly things. :)

  21. Agnes

    Hah, that has got to be the sweetest, least scary stink eye I’ve ever seen! I think you need to practice your kill look. :)

    And also – good on you for looking on the positive side!

  22. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe can I tell you that my husband sent my friend a text saying that he couldn’t make it to her birthday. The next year at her very next birthday it arrived while she was sitting opposite him. She asked him why he sent her that text when he had obviously come along. Yes it was a year late to the day. Some sort of dubious record no? ;) And that’s not a stink eye look at all! You look perfectly lovely!

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  24. Libby

    Kodajone sucks!

    I, too, had to deal with not being able to send text messages to friends on Easter Sunday. THE FRUSTRATION!

    Never really had a problem with reception but have had problems with internet not working when I’m at work and this blows because I WANT TO CHECK MY FACEBOOK DAMMIT! I WANT TO PLAY WORDS WITH FRIENDS! I WANT TO UPDATE MY SUPERCOACH TEAM! RAGE RAGE RAGE RAGE!

    :)

  25. msihua

    Hey missy! My tweee bill arrived now that they have also been sucked up by Kodajone.. and guess what? MY Bill last month was over $220… and all I did was exceed my internet usage by using it for 40 minutes!! Every time i go overseas as well, I get hit with a major stinker… for a 1-2 day usage whilst i quickly source out a pre-paid card… *sigh*.. i hate billers…

  26. leaf (the indolent cook)

    I am also with Kodajone. However, I’m on prepaid so I escape the scary bills.
    P.S. – I didn’t know about the job offers, a belated congratulations! I hope things go well for you.

  27. Louise

    You should still ring them. Phone companies certainly have evil tendencies, but they do generally seem agreeable to changing things when they’re not working out. Depends on what you’ve signed up for of course. But whenever you have a clear half hour to wait on hold you should check it out, in the spirit of nothing to lose at least.

    1. whisperinggums

      The half hour to wait on hold is the crunch … presumably a call to them would be free! Hannah, I think Louise is saying call them anyhow … they might give you a credit??

  28. Tammy

    I love this little tale of overcoming woe and the evil Kodajone! Sounds like you’ve made great progress Hannah.

  29. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Ack! I’d have been livid at a phone bill like that. Of course, the Sprint world headquarters are in KC, and my uncle works for them, so my unlimited-minutes-and-texts-and-internet plan is never more than $23 a month. I mean, not to rub it in or anything. Sorry. But, um, anyway…

    There’s a type of cinnamon-flavored liquor called Goldschlager (which happens to be my very favorite to shoot straight) that has a flurry of teeny tiny gold flakes dancing around in the bottle, purportedly because when you drink it, the gold bits create microscopic cuts in the lining of your stomach, allowing the alcohol to seep in more quickly. Brilliant, right? Maybe that’s what happens with this chocolate. ;P

  30. Baking Serendipity

    You would cringe at my normal cell phone bill. Texting and calling and internet adds up fast! I love your attitude about it thought :)

  31. Amy

    Slightly different because my bill was actually wrong but, I once got a $300 bill from Vodafone out of the blue and they refused to do anything about it until I reported them to the ombudsman and then they very quickly with no questions asked refunded the money. I then changed to 3.

  32. hungryandfrozen

    Hahaha I am so unimpressed with the company that shall remain nameless too – admittedly, not their UK counterpart, but more the fact that the small NZ population means we can be given nosebleed-inducingly expensive prices for basic functions whilst in the UK I got laden down with free texts and megabytes for about ten quid…prepaid.

    Totally babe-ing stink-eye, Kodajone won’t know whether to be intimidated or buy your next…*squints*…ultrabeer?

  33. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    I feel with you, Hannah! I had a lot of phone company anger when I moved and they didn’t get the phone right in my new apartment, and so I lived for weeks without internet and phone. My mobile was the only thing that worked then, and I paid for it … Oh yeah. ;)

  34. theresa

    I have a feeling that your experience would be similar whether you were with Floptus, or Smelstra, or Hoho, or any of the shan’t be named phone companies that Australia should be ashamed to offer. We’re with Floptus, prepaid, and it stinks! But on the bright side… in the US I used to get charged to *receive* messages. As well as to send them. Ridiculous!

  35. Susan

    I used to be with Vodafone and don’t remember too many problems but that was many years ago. I have been with optus for years and never had a problem. I hate receiving bills for a lot more than you are expecting, like last time I got my car serviced…

  36. Lizzi

    Hmm, it sounds like you hate Kodajone as much as I hate Schmodalone!!

  37. Anna Johnston

    Bahahahaha…. You crack me up woman, what a wonderful way to weave in your disgruntlement towards a “BEEP, BEEP…. BEEEEEEEEP’ of a company. I too am with Kodajone, thieving bastards…. Opened my monthly bill to see over $200 owing… WTF…. the phone wasn’t operational for at least 3 of the 4 weeks… Call em sista… I did, got 6 months free. Brings me right up to the end of my contract… THANK GOODNESS! :) You should be able to buy an entire supermarket aisle of chocolate when ur done with KodaFAIL!
    Sorry to bombard with comments tonight, I couldn’t access your blog from my IPad to comment.

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