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This Olympian Blames Pokemon Go For a $5,000 Phone Bill

August 4, 2016, 3:47 PM UTC
2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Day Eight
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 30: Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes in the Parallel Bars on day eight of the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships at The SSE Hydro on October 30, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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While it’s likely that other factors contributed to a $5,000 data roaming charge, Pokemon Go probably didn’t help the situation.

Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura downloaded the phenomenally popular mobile game when he arrived in Sao Paulo, Brazil prior to the Summer Olympics in Rio and, just like many of us regular folk, the Olympic champion quickly became addicted. The Verge reports that because he hadn’t settled on a flat daily charge for data roaming before the start of his trip, he ended up being charged 500,000 yen, which is equal to about $5,000.

Uchimura “couldn’t believe his eyes” when he saw the bill. A teammate, Kenzo Shirai, described him as looking “dead at the team meal that day.” The Olympian has since contacted his carrier and explained the situation. The company was gracious enough to let him off the hook with a flat rate of $30 per day.

The rise of Pokemon Go has been pretty incredible. Within just one week after launching, it became the top grossing app in the App Store. After three weeks, it had been downloaded over 50 million times—more than Facebook (FB) and Instagram had been downloaded in the first six months of this year.

Though it has enjoyed an impressive first month, it’s possible that the game is just a passing fad.