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    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2006
     
    So, I've been getting text messages on my phone all week, right around noon. Usually seven of them. All spam. Well... I guess they're spam. All the messages have in them are the name of a business, the address, and phone number, and an e-mail address that I assume is supposed to be the sender, but which is a bogus e-mail.

    I'm going to talk to the phone people tonight when I get off of work and find out what I can do about this, because I'm not about to pay for 7 messages every day that I don't want or understand.

    It's pissing me off. Grrrr.
    • CommentAuthorgrenville
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2006
     
    Give thanks you don't live in China. Mobile phone spam is endemic there. Its a real pest. The entire telco industry is corrupt. It won't get this bad in the West (lets hope not anyway). They are starting to crackdown though.

    China Cracks Down on Illegal Text Messaging. Officials: Cell Phone Spam Offering Illicit Goods Damages China's 'Social Order': http://www.abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=1303897

    Plague of fraudulent banking text messages breaks out in Beijing:
    http://www.interfax.cn/showfeature.asp?aid=6432&slug=SMS-FRAUD-BEIJING-NATIONAL%20DAY

    China purges spam SMS
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/07/china_sms_spam/

    Official calls for crackdown on cybercrimes:
    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2006-05/18/content_593685.htm
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2006
     
    Good! I hate it! It's cost me about $5 already, if my math is right.

    It's bullshit, and the more I think about it, the more angry I get. I'm sending e-mails to the companies that the spam is for about it, and I'm going to the phone company tonight. If I'm going to get charged for this shit, I'm going to drop the phone- I'm not going to pay to have someone send me crappy advertisement stuff.

    Grrrrr.
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      CommentAuthorDyre
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2006
     
    I've only received one spam text. Fortunately, I don't get charged per text (I'm actually supposed to after a certain number but it never happens) but it was still pretty annoying just because I already have enough junk mail in my snail mail and email boxes (although nearly all of it does get caught by gmail's spamfilter and placed in the appropriate folder), I don't need any more of that shit. Give 'em hell, Sam.
    • CommentAuthorgrenville
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2006
     
    I've never had a txt spam outside China. My provider in Hong Kong is Sunday and they do send a lot of promo stuff -- so much its bordering on harassment. Every service they offer seems to be 20% discount at the moment if you believe the txt, but like most mobile providers they are struggling to make a profit since no one seems to be using the high markup 3G stuff like video phoning and watching TV. Why anyone would beats me. 3G phones are cool gadgets, though. Even while I am in NZ they send me offers on my second phone with the Sunday sim card in it.

    The spam filtering in gmail is so efficient. A few get filtered that shouldn't, but I've never had a baddy make it alive to my inbox. My company unfortunately has started using MS Outlook exchange with that Web Outlook disaster. It takes me 15 minutes a day to clear out the spam. I put that fact in my timesheet so they know how much it is costing them.