Girl, 8, ploughs through her mobile data - so sends brilliant plea for more

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Macie with her goody box from O2 (Image: MEN Media)
Macie with her goody box from O2 (Image: MEN Media)

Everyone remembers the novelty of their first mobile phone. While yours may have been a chunky Nokia 3310 with space for just 10 text messages, smartphones these days are all-singing and all-dancing.

So you can imagine an eight-year-old's sheer delight at getting one for Christmas. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that young Macie Bullen-Jones ploughed through her data allowance less than a month after receiving her new phone. As is customary when this happens, Macie then got the dreaded text from O2 to alert her to the fact she'd been enthusiastic with her data use. What's a girl to do in this situation? Macie could have waited it out for till her allowance refreshed. Or potentially have paid to top it up.

But instead she proved that if you don't ask, you don't get. Macie simply sent a text back asking for more, the Manchester Evening News reports. It was later spotted by her mum Claire, who realised she could maybe benefit from her daughter's data binge. After initially asking the company if they could reply and tell her daughter to do some jobs to get her internet back, O2 went one step better. They sent Macie a letter telling her to crack on with some jobs around the house - along with some goodies including a fidget spinner, a Rubix cube, a power bank for her phone, some sweets, a light up yo-yo and a water bottle.

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Girl, 8, ploughs through her mobile data - so sends brilliant plea for moreO2's response delighted Macie's mum (MEN Media)

The letter, from O2's social media team, said: "We got your text, but since you're so famous now we wanted to write you a letter. "We're not able to up your data allowance at the moment, our systems say you haven't helped mum enough with jobs around the house. Unfortunately you'll have to wait until we see better reports. Don't be too sad though, we've sent a fidget spinner to keep you amused along with some other little #O2Surprises. We hope you like them."

Mum Claire, who lives with Macie, whose also mum to seven-year-old Lilly-Mai was won over by the response. She told the MEN: "She only got the phone at Christmas and we’d set up her data to see how she went. She used it all up on YouTube, she is YouTube obsessed, and spends a lot of her time making her own videos.

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"She received an automated message from O2 telling her, so tried to reply back asking for more. Me and my friends had a giggle about it and one of them mentioned sending it to O2 so we did. They went above and beyond and sent her a box of goodies along with a letter. The letter was fantastic and really made her day."

All in all, Macie's text has proved to be advantageous for the entire household. Apparently since receiving the letter, Macie been helping her mum more. Well played, Claire.

Zahra Mulroy

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