I love this story
about a $218 trillion phone bill.
Yahaya Wahab said he disconnected his late father’s phone line in January
after he died and settled the 84-ringgit (U.S. $23) bill, the New Straits
But Telekom Malaysia later sent him a 806,400,000,000,000.01-ringgit (U.S.
$218 trillion) bill for recent telephone calls along with orders to settle
within 10 days or face legal proceedings, the newspaper reported.
It wasn’t clear whether the bill was a mistake, or if Yahaya’s father’s phone
line was used illegally after his death.
It wasn’t clear whether the bill was a mistake???
Let’s say that Yahaya’s father’s phone line was used continuously and illegally
after his death, for 90 full days before the phone bill arrived. In order to
rack up a $218 trillion bill, the charges would have to be $1.7 billion per
Look at it this way: Malaysia has a population of about 24 million people.
If every Malaysian was on the phone at the same time, the average charge would
have to be $70 per minute in order to get up to a total of $1.7 billion per
I think we can assume that yes, the bill was a mistake.