The Woman Who Accidentally Paid $5,000 for a Neil Diamond Album

As someone who is currently abroad–Mauritius, to be exact–I am extremely aware of how expensive it is to operate my mobile phone here.  Roaming fees here in southern and eastern Africa are heart-stoppingly high.  Wifi is the only way to go.

Someone should have explained this to Katie Bryan, a math teach from the UK, who went on holiday in South Africa and was annoyed to find that she didn’t have any Neil Diamond songs on her phone.  So in the middle of Krueger National Park, she did what she would do at home: an over-the-air data download.

Bad idea.  With roaming charges, the download cost her £2,600 or about $4,800 Canadian.  Yikes.

(Via The NME)


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Woman Who Accidentally Paid $5,000 for a Neil Diamond Album

  • April 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    ‘Song Sung Blue’ for poor Katie!


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