€716,414,273 Mobile Phone Bill: That's a Whole Lot of Talking

The AFP news agency reported yesterday that a manager of French distillery Maison Vedrenne in Nuits-Saint-Georges received a 716,414,273 euro ($1.2 billion) phone bill from Orange, France Télécom's mobile phone subsidiary. Needless to say, the manager was a bit stunned:

"It's so enormous when you see it written down, you can't believe it, so several of us had a look."

An Orange spokesperson said it was all just a bill printing error which was blamed on "a computer glitch."

"The figure inside the computer is correct," said the spokesperson.

Still, while impressive, it still doesn't match the $23,148,855,308,184,500.00 bill - plus $15 in overdraft fees - one customer received from VISA in 2009.

The Orange spokesperson says the company is going to look into how the problem happened.


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