Free apps cost £1,200

Have iPhone will download free apps. What could be simpler or more alluring? But it could also be extremely costly, as teenager Ben Kitching found out.

He popped his SIM into a second-hand iPhone and began downloading free apps, but the SIM was attached to an account that did not allow unlimited downloads.

Each time he downloaded an app free from Apple, it was costing a fortune in wireless data charges.

Behind every carefree, technology enabled teenager there is usually a parent picking up the bill. In this case, it was young Kitching’s father.

The network operator eventually waived the data costs as a gesture of goodwill, but Downtime suspects the move had something to do with the fact that the lad’s father is a lawyer.

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