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Shaw takes to Twitter to explain $8.34 million cell phone bill

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:15 PM
Shaw ... one gigabyte of data while roaming costs $1 million or US$8,000 on some networks.

Embattled Finance Minister Audley Shaw has disclosed more information as he seeks to explain his $8.34 million in cell phone bills in a year.

In posts on his official Twitter account this afternoon, Mr Shaw reiterated that the bulk of the money was for data charges.

He said when he queried about excessive charges on his bill, he was told that they were attributable to data roaming charges billed at US$8 per megabyte.

The finance minister indicated that he racked up US$8,000 in data charges.

Shaw noted that one gigabyte of data while roaming costs $1 million or US$8,000 on some networks.

Television Jamaica has reported based on data obtained through the Access to Information Act that the $8.34 million bill covers the period February 2016 to March this year.

In October, the finance minister’s phone bill was $4.22 million.