Rio 2016: Gymnast racks up $5,000 in data charges playing Pokemon Go.
With the Olympic Games commencing this weekend, athletes are getting ready to win big, but also catch Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander and others during the summer games in Brazil.
When the Olympic athletes arrived in Rio de Janeiro, they
discovered they were unable to access Pokemon Go, leaving players disappointed.
New Zealand soccer player Anna Green said: "I wish I could run
around in the (athletes') village catching Pokemon. I just can't get it on the
phone. It's fine, but it would have been something fun to do."
"Sorry guys no (hash) Pokemon in the Olympic Village," tweeted
French canoer Matthieu Peche, followed by three crying-face emoji.
Pokemon Go heard their thoughts and soon after said in a statement:
"Central and South America - Break
out the sneakers and Poke Balls, and get ready to explore the world around you.
We are excited to officially be putting Pokemon GO in the hands of our Latin
American fans, visitors, and the Olympic athletes in Rio!"
However, one player's addiction
cost him a hefty phone bill. Japanese Olympic gymnast Kohei Uchimura incurred
data roaming charges of $5,000 playing the augmented reality game when he
arrived for the games.
According to his teammate Kenzo
Shirai, he said: "He looked dead
at the team meal that day,"referring
to Uchimura's shock bill.
Luckily, his Japanese carrier service agreed to reduce his contract
to a you-can-use plan, resulting in 3,000 yen ($30) per day, instead of the
500,000 yen ($3,700) he could have paid.
Uchimura told Japan's Kyodo news
agency: "I really lucked out."
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