German golfer racks up £2k mobile phone bill on golf holiday

A German golfer has racked up a  £2,000 mobile phone bill after using a smartphone app while on a golf holiday abroad.  

The unwitting tourist used a downloaded GPS golf programme to chart his way through three days of golf – but didn’t realise every time he checked a course layout for distances he was incurring huge overseas roaming data charges when the app connected to his phone network.

He only realised his mistake when he returned home to Germany and was presented with a mammoth €2,400 bill.

In a bid to ensure this never happened again, he called GolfBuddy’s German distributors Green Grass Golf, who pointed out the error of his ways and sold him a GolfBuddy Platinum – which can be used fee-free anywhere in the world.

This story came to light at GolfBuddy’s recent annual international sales conference, in Dusseldorf, attended by representatives from Germany, UK, Korea, USA, Australia, France, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Japan and Ireland, and the golf range finder company hasn’t been shy about using it to publicise the value of its own products.

Said John Ennis, GolfBuddy: “It’s an amusing story but a hard-earned lesson and the perfect illustration why all golfers should use purpose-built golf GPS devices rather than phone apps.

“We did the poor guy a deal on his GolfBuddy Platinum, which he was very happy about.”

GolfBuddy specialises purely in the manufacture of golf distance measuring devices and walks golf courses to create ground-verified accurate maps, which increases the supreme accuracy of their GPS devices over competitors who simply use satellite imagery.

One thing that stands out about GolfBuddy is that it never charges any annual membership fees, subscriptions or course download costs.

For a golfer, owning a GolfBuddy is completely fee-free – for a lifetime – and over 36,000 maps in 130 countries are available from its own database, the largest in the world of any golf GPS company.

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