Bill shock is not a new issue – in the past, German and Austrian attorneys have reached all kinds of settlements for their clients.
The Austrian governmental TV station ORF1 now reports that our governmental carrier, A1, could face criminal usury charges over an extreme case of bill shock. A client was charged 25k€ for 1GB of data downloaded inside of Austria due to a malicious application – even though A1 waived the fee after media coverage, a consumer protection body decided to try and press charges (in Austria, loosing a penal lawsuit is usually free for the accusing party):
Of course, the Austrian court system is famous for “timing out” cases it does not want to process (e.g. the Strasser case) – I consider it highly unlikely that a verdict will be reached after A1 offered to waive all fees without accepting guilt.
Nevertheless, an interesting move which could very well work out when applied against non-governmental carriers.
Disclaimer: Tamoggemon Limited is not a legal counsel. The statements above are solely our opinion. PLEASE consult with a lawyer before going after A1!