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Verizon Admits Math Error, Gives Refund
It is in fact .002 dollars per kilobyte...
by Karl Bode 12:06PM Monday Dec 11 2006
Last week we told you the story of one Verizon Wireless user who travelled to Canada and was billed .002 dollars per kilobyte instead of the promised rate of .002 cents per kilobyte. When he called to complain and clarify, a Verizon manager couldn't tell the difference between the two. According to that user's blog, Verizon has given him a full refund for the $71 bill. Hopefully, Verizon's marketing materials now reflect that it is in fact .002 dollars per kilobyte if you head into Canada.


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Re: Wow, how hard is that to understand???

Heck, I'm not even surprised. Remember, these are the graduates who have had "cultural awareness" issues pumped into their heads instead of math and science.

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Re: Wow, how hard is that to understand???

said by karlmarx:

No. .002 dollars = 2 cents, it's NOT 2/10th of a cent, and it's NOT 20 cents. It's 2 cents
1.000 dollars = 100 cents
0.100 dollars = 10 cents
0.010 dollars = 1 cent
0.001 dollars = .1 cent

2.000 dollars = 200 cents
0.200 dollars = 20 cents
0.020 dollars = 2 cents
0.002 dollars = .2 cents
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Remove the dollar sign before the .20 and change the "two tenths of a dollar" to "two tenths of a cent" and the statement becomes true.

.002 dollars is just that, .002 dollars.

.002 dollars is 00.2 cents (the decimal moves two places because a cent is 100th of a dollar.)

$0.0002 = .02¢
$0.002 = .2¢
$0.02 = 2¢
$0.20 = 20¢
$2.00 = 200¢

$ = dollar
¢ = cent

Let's use the right symbols.



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reply to compton

Actually...

At $.002 (two thousandths of a dollar) you would need 100 units to equal $.20, 2/10 of a dollar, or 20 cents.

At .002 cents (two thousandths of a cent) you would need 10,000 units to equal $.20, 2/10 of a dollar, or 20 cents. (or 50,000 to equal 100 cents or 1.00 dollar)

.2 = 2 tenths
.02 = 2 hundredths
.002 = 2 thousandths

Be careful not to mix up your units of measure when calculating.
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reply to karlmarx

wow, alot of bad math, verizon isnt the only one...

$.01 = 1 cent
$.002 = .2 cents



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Re: Yep

I didn't get enough sleep last night.