voting calls to South Africa Big Brother are not free, fans discover.

voting calls to South Africa Big Brother are not free, fans discover.
The 2.4 million phone calls made to South Africa’s Big Brother to register votes against house guests are toll calls, not free calls, fans have recently discovered. While the number “appears to be a normal cellphone number, it is in fact classified as a general service call,” so callers are charged at different rates, Dispatch Online reports. A spokesperson says the calls were always toll calls, and “There was no intention to deceive the public.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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