French Woman Gets 11,100 Trillion Euro Phone Bill

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 10, 2012 Last Updated: October 14, 2012
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A French woman received an 11,100 trillion euro phone bill, which was ultimately corrected after her phone company admitted that it made a mistake. 

Solenne San Jose said that when she opened up her mail, she saw that her phone bill totaled 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros ($15,100 trillion).

“There were so many zeroes I couldn’t even work out how much it was,” Solenne San Jose of the Bordeaux region told the AFP news agency.

Bouygues Telecom, her phone company, told her that they could not revoke the computer-generated bill or stop the balance from being subtracted from her bank account. 

Finally, San Jose was able to convince the company to admit the problem, according to the news agency. The bill was actually only 117.21 euros ($151).

According to AFP, her bill would have been around 6,000 times France’s annual economic output.

Earlier this year, it was reported that AT&T was seeking legal action against a Massachusetts businessman who racked up a nearly $1 million phone bill. The man said that his small company’s phone system was hacked in 2009 and made $900,000 worth of calls to Somalia, according to reports at the time. 

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  • bananas

    She should have paid her phone bill with the IMF credit card.

  • Gord Higham

    Actually, I would have refused, forced the company into suing me, gone to court and demanded the company produce the proof I had racked of 6,000 time France’s annual GDP in a single bill. In the meantime I would make a 1 Euro payment prior to every court date thereby making the company refile again based on the updated statement. Finally after a few months I would face them in court and when the whole thing is thrown out I would counter sue for malicious prosecution, 11 trillion Euros should suffice.


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