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Cell Phone Games through Easy Edge!

Updated on August 30, 2011

Money, Everything Seems to Cost Money?

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Warning to those who don't know.....

I have to share with you, this experience of downloading games through Easy Edge. Unbeknownst to me, this feature has been on my phone, when I got my phone. Not only on my husband's phone, but my daughter's as well.

Personally, I guess, I have to say.... I am out of the loop, when it comes to knowing about the new and upcoming things. When we decided to get one of our children a phone, nothing was mentioned about easy edge, and it's capabilities.

We really didn't find out about it, until, one day....we received our bill. Of course you can guess? It was higher than normal. I couldn't figure out why, until I took the bill into the cell phone company.

Come to find out, our daughter's phone had something like 100 games downloaded!  I casually asked her one day, has anyone borrowed your phone? She said, no, why? I have to honestly say, my daughter, is not a person, up to date with the current trends either. She rarely carries her phone. When we ask her where her phone is, she has to think about it, and then run and dig it out of some dark corner.

I had never seen her, playing games on her phone. When I saw the names of the games downloaded I knew right away, she couldn't of done it. She doesn't watch t.v., except selected movies.

So to try and not drag this out...the only thing we can figure is one day, she left her phone at a friends aunt's house. I thought it was safe, turned off, till we could get by there to pick it up. This is the only time we can figure someone must of downloaded those games.

You probably figured out by now, that each game downloaded cost so much money. That starts to add up pretty quick:(

The cell phone company, was able to stop any additional games from being downloaded. Yet they could not stop the charges from the games that were already downloaded. The only way to stop them, was for us to bring her phone in.

So we did, they physically deleted each game. I asked, if I called the main office, if they would reverse some or all of the charges? The man said, they might, it's worth giving it a try.

The main office lady, was one of the people, who sticks to the book. She would not budge, to even talk it over with her manager. Over and over, she would pleasantly say her lines, that they couldn't reverse any charges because the phone wasn't reported lost or stolen.

I told her, it wasn't lost or stolen, she knew where it was. So the lady said, you should of contacted us to let us know, it wasn't in her possession. Not like the old days of customer service where the customer is always right.

After the games were deleted, I got another bill the next month, with more charges for some of the same games, then the next month too:(

Now I am really upset, how can this be, I physically took the phone in, to have the games deleted. So I took my current bill in, and asked to speak to the manager. I explained my situation, and the money we had already paid for these games. I mentioned to her, that I thought there was the technology to charge these games from the game companies to our phones. She assured me that there is no way for them to do that. That the only way, these charges can occur is if the person who has the phone, downloads them and accepts charges.

She found that there were still charges occurring from the previous subscriptions. She felt that the games must not of all got deleted? It was also explained to me, that some of these game downloads, have not only a one time fee, but a reoccurring subscription, that charges your phone every month, whether you play the game or not.

We did bring our daughter's phone back in. The sales lady, was informed about our situation, the last time we were there. To her surprise there was no games on the list in my daughter's phone. She took it to the manager, and they called the main office, and found out, that even when the applications of the games are deleted...sometimes they are hung up in the loop, so to speak, and keep charging your phone.

We all learned some new things about these games from easy edge. I let the manager know, if I had been given, the option and explained the capabilities of my daughters phone at the time of purchase I would of elected to not allow her phone access.

She did say, she may impliment this with her staff, to avoid future problems, like we had. The manager did, reverse a good portion of the charges...as far as I know, they will not reverse all of them. I am grateful it is finally straightened out...almost 4 months later.

I hope this warning, will save some of you much trouble and expense...who have children on their cellular bill:)

 

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    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR

      heart4theword 

      7 years ago from hub

      Treasureofheaven, you are so right:) Thanks for stopping by!

    • Treasuresofheaven profile image

      Sima Ballinger 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I always tell my son that a cell phone may be free or inexpensive to purchase, but it is the service the providers charge that is expensive.

      I am so glad you hung in there to get this corrected. Great Hub! Vote UP!

    • Loves To Read profile image

      Loves To Read 

      7 years ago

      How right you are Heart, there are so many things shown on the television for download to your cell. They make it sound great but you do not see the hidden charges that are written in fine print down the bottom of the screen. I'm sure many have been caught in this manner. Good work. Thanks for sharing

      Love and Hugs

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR

      heart4theword 

      8 years ago from hub

      Yes, sweetie1, that would be a good idea. Even making a notation on a calendar of the date, when you misplaced your phone, in case you need to report a possible problem. Thank you katiem2 and sweetie1 for responding to this hub:) Have a awesome day, both of you:)

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      sweetie1 

      8 years ago from India

      Thanks for such a nice informative hub and thank god i never play any game on computer or mobile phone. I was thinking after reading your hub that i should be careful where i leave my phone or to whom i give my phone to

    • katiem2 profile image

      katiem2 

      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Thanks for the heads up on the games. Whew what a mess, glad you finally got it cleared up and some of those charges reversed. Peace :)

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR

      heart4theword 

      8 years ago from hub

      Yes, it is nice to learn from other people's experiences. We each seem to go through enough in life on our own:) So glad, this information has been helpful.

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      samiaali 

      8 years ago

      Hello heart4theword, Thank you so much for this valuable hubpage. I, also, did not know about this! Thanks again.

    • Vladimir Uhri profile image

      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      I had problem with Charter company. They did not delivered what they promised. They sent me to the collection agency. Since all conversations I documented, and I wan.

      I believe you should not pay anything. I would cancel the phone company as well.

      There is stealing in many places, which never was seen before.

      Bless you.

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great information to know and share. Thank you.

      Forever His,

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this well written hub and information which will help others.

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Informative hub and one which holds warnings, gadgets cost money and there is always a catch to most of them as in this case. We consumers need to be ever mindful of what we are getting into...

      Blessings

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