2009-12-31

cell texting spam costs

11.16: proj.gear/cell/how to control text msg's?:

Here are some ways to block mobile phone spam,
also known as SMS spam or m-spam.
They're not perfect, but they might hold you over until
spam-blocking technology catches up with mobile phones.
# Dispute your cell phone bill. If spammers continue to get through,
you may be able to convince the carrier to
drop the charges associated with those messages.
You have a better chance at this if you call as soon as your receive the spam.[3]

to block text messages from up to ten telephone numbers or email addresses; you can also change preferences on your handset
(VirginXL or VirginXtras > Messaging > Messaging Management).

* Registering your phone on the National Do Not Call Registry
only prevents phone calls, not text messages.
* Do not respond to text message spam,
because usually the first time is random numbers being tested for responses.
If you do respond to a spam message,
you may inadvertently sign yourself up for additional spam messages
as many times spammers can
and will sell your digits to other spammers.
Don't take their bait.
Report problems. File a complaint with the FCC by filling out online form 1088.

you can also register your cell number
to block telemarketers from sending communications of any type to your cell account.

Step Two: Make Sure Your Information is Correct
Please check your phone number(s) and email address below. If they are correct, click Register to continue. To make a correction, click Change.
Your email address MUST be correct to process your registration.

THREE: OPEN YOUR EMAIL AND CLICK ON LINK
You have submitted your phone number(s) for registration in the National Do Not Call Registry. You will receive an email from Register@donotcall.gov. To complete your registration, you must open the email and click on the link provided.
Important: If you do not click on the link in the email within 72 hours, your phone number will not be registered.
Troubleshooting: If you don't get a "Registration Complete" message after clicking on the link, or the link does not work, use your "copy" and "paste" functions to insert the entire link in the email into the "Address" line on your Web browser. Copy and paste the entire link - it's long. Do not re-type it.
This browser window does not need to remain open to complete the registration process.
Register@donotcall.gov/National Do Not Call Registry - OPEN AND CLICK on Link to Complete Your Registration:
Click on the link to complete your request to register your phone number with the last four digits 5159 on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Important: You must respond to this email by clicking the link within 72 hours for your registration to be successful.
Important: After you click on the link, print the web page and keep it for your records.
Troubleshooting: If you don't get a "Registration Complete" message after clicking on the link, or the link does not work, use your "copy" and "paste" functions to insert the entire link in the email into the "Address" line on your Web browser. Copy and paste the entire link - it's long. Do not re-type it.
You have registered the following telephone number in the National Do Not Call Registry:
(520) 982-5159
Please print a copy of this page for your records.

1. You may file a complaint if you received an unwanted call
after your number was on the National Registry for 31 days.
2. You may also file a complaint if you received a call that used
a recorded message instead of a live person
(whether or not your number was on the Registry).
*Reminder: Even if your number is registered,
companies with which you do business may continue to call you.
So may charities, political organizations, and telephone surveyors.
for more information about the companies
that may continue to call the numbers on the Registry.
Click on Privacy and Security to learn how the information you provide is used.


I recently received about 5 spam text messages in the span of a couple of days
and do not have a text plan.
I had registered my cell number on the Do Not Call list
and could not find any info at the Do Not Call website
about the law applying to text messages, so I called the FTC.
being registered applied to spam texts? no.
I hope that more people call the FTC and complain about spam texts
and with any luck the law will change to include them.
As other people have mentioned, spam email and phone calls, to land lines,
don't cost anything, but text messages do.
The practice of sending spam texts to cell phones
is costing people money and the law should protect us from it.
If you are receiving unwanted text messages ("spam"),
contact the source and unsubscribe or remove your mobile phone number from the service.
You will not be charged for Virgin Mobile service alerts.
You have the ability to block text messages
from up to ten telephone numbers or email addresses
by visiting the Messaging Settings page on the Virgin Mobile website
(www.virginmobileusa.com). You may edit your preferences at any time.
Unsolicited Messages
If you intentionally send spam from your Virgin Mobile phone,
we may terminate your service without further notice.

co.phone/vmobile/wrong plan!: 2min: cell: non-contract phone oh!

figuring out I have the No Annual Contract:
1-888-322-1122

. they did disable my ability to accept (or give) text msg's?
woo hoo! I've always been a big fan of vm,
and I'll really be rededicating those efforts -- that was great!
. ok thank for [...] because we are giving good advice .... to you .

. I can get on the site after it's been upgraded,
in any case they did recognize my number and pass by phone;
. amazed they were able to disable txt msg'ing:
that was eerily easy ... wouldn't have expected that .