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OpenID was designed to be a simpler form of federated access and it achieved it. Unfortunately it's still a solution in search of a problem.
It's a complicated area that's never going to be exactly 'simple'. If you want to look at the really complicated stuff check out SAML with it's complicated schemas, client authentication with PKI, XML encryption, strange message flows and digital signing.
Being charged money to tell a company that they're failing to deliver the service you are paying for should be illegal.
Sure you could write to them and wait an extra 4 weeks for the problem to be fixed, or go to an internet cafe and pay them the money to send an email instead, but neither of those options are particularly appealing.
The least they could do is credit your account with the money they charged you if it was a valid "you disconnected me by accident again you f*cktards" type of phone call.