Sunday, April 22, 2012

Who's The Parent?

I've had a smartphone for more than a year. In that time I've downloaded quite a few apps, but the only one I've paid for is the full version of Words With Friends, because it went on sale and the price was right.

Last week I got a text message telling me I was subscribed to a Fun Facts service for $9.99 a month. That night I called our carrier to find out what was going on. After navigating through the automated phone maze I was connected with a real person, and found out I'd actually been charged!

I tried to find out how someone could do that without my permission.  The representative gave me a sketchy answer, then told me I could put a purchase blocker on my number that would keep it from happening again.  Sounded good to me, but I had to giggle when I realized that I'd signed up for "Parental Controls".

So if I do decide to purchase anything from a third-party site, do I have to ask my own permission?


  1. Our daughter had to put a lock on their phone because the tiny granddaughter was always going online and doing things. She occasionally calls people on my phone! So far, though, she hasn't bought anything. I have one page on the iPhone just for her with games and stories. She also loves my photo collection as many of the pictures have her in them. We'll see how it works when the tiny grandson starts using my phone. At 6 months he's already pretty fascinated.

  2. Thanks for sharing this Kathy, I'm looking at getting the iPhone 4s when I return to Canada and I don't have a clue how to use it. I'll have to get lessons from my children or my niece just to be able to answer it! lol I appreciate hearing what others are saying in regards to their technological purchases, I'm at the age where I actually learn from others now. ;-)

  3. Nothing confounds me more than dealing with my iPhone.