Mobile bill shock through kids in-app purchases

Former_MSE_Becca
Former_MSE_Becca Posts: 250 Forumite
edited 19 February 2013 at 8:14PM in Marriage, relationships & families
"Two boys racked up a mega £3,200 mobile bill playing a seemingly innocent game on an iPhone belonging to their dad, who is an England international rugby star..."
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How to avoid app charge hell, after kids spend £3,200 on dad's iPhone


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  • Erinnire
    Erinnire Posts: 515 Forumite
    edited 23 January 2013 at 6:07PM
    My 5 year old recently spent £64.99 on in app purchases much to my horror turns out this isn't the first time either smaller amounts have been coming out for months. I thought that I had turned the in apps purchases off on the iPad but it wasn't as the settings are really confusing! It's definitely turned off now though!
  • Not in the same vein at all. But my idiot half-sister allowed her 3-year old to play with her iPhone, possibly some game or other. It transpired that said child managed to get into her Amazon account and order a book, possibly one of those recommendation-thingys. I was horrified. Idiot half-sister thought it was funny..
  • fluffnutter
    fluffnutter Posts: 23,179 Forumite
    Saw a similar story on the consumer rights board in the last few months.
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  • pigpen
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    I don't see how they can buy stuff, you are asked for your password even if you have asked it to remember the details you still have to put in a password for both Itunes and amazon, i use both, a lot and my children have never got past the password.

    The ads on the free childrens apps pee me off though, they are rarely age appropriate which of course means I have to complain :D
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  • fluffnutter
    fluffnutter Posts: 23,179 Forumite
    pigpen wrote: »
    I don't see how they can buy stuff, you are asked for your password even if you have asked it to remember the details you still have to put in a password for both Itunes and amazon, i use both, a lot and my children have never got past the password.

    The ads on the free childrens apps pee me off though, they are rarely age appropriate which of course means I have to complain :D

    Apparently there's a 15 minute window after signing up to a game or whatever wherein purchases can be made without the need for the password to be re-entered. Hence if you hand your phone or tablet straight to your kid after downloading the app they've got 15 minutes to go crazy!

    Plus some parents share their passwords...
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  • pigpen wrote: »
    I don't see how they can buy stuff, you are asked for your password even if you have asked it to remember the details you still have to put in a password for both Itunes and amazon, i use both, a lot and my children have never got past the password.

    The ads on the free childrens apps pee me off though, they are rarely age appropriate which of course means I have to complain :D

    You can buy kindle books without entering your password.
  • My daughter bought in-app purchases for bluddy paws on tiny pet on her iPod. It's linked to my iTunes account and normally get the receipts. However I noticed £80+ taken from my bank account from iTunes. I thought my itunes account had been hacked until i found the receipt in my junk inbox. Big lesson learnt; password changed and in-app purchases disabled!!
  • themull1
    themull1 Posts: 4,299 Forumite
    Friends son whose 8 got an iphone for christmas, and ran up a bill for £170.!!
  • Anyone who doesn't disable in-app purchases is a crazy fool. I've watched my 3 year old try to buy expensive pointless add-ons for games; it's rather scary
  • LE3
    LE3 Posts: 612 Forumite
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    My friend has had huge app bills run up every month by her 7 yr old grandson because she lets him play on her phone ... The kid has a DS, why does he need to play on the phone too??
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