A 5-year-old child in the U.K. astonished and dismayed his parents after running up a bill of £1,710.43 (over $2,500) in just five minutes by making a sequence of expensive in-app purchases in an otherwise free iPad game. He was playing Zombie vs Ninja, with permission, and the Telegraph reports he quickly bought multiple add-ons like “333 keys” for £70 ($105) a pop. The family only found out about it the next day when iTunes receipts were emailed and the credit card company rang to ask about the transactions. Apple has agreed to refund the family for the mistake, but notes that in this situation the spending spree was triggered by the family itself: They voluntarily entered the passcode that’s designed to stop this sort of spending the moment before they handed the iPad to their son.
5-Year-Old Spends Over $2,500 on iPad in 5 Minutes
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).