[Telecom] Cell phone text message spam
I received a spam text message on my cell phone. (I did not open it).
I called the carrier who said they'd waive the message fee. But do
they do anything to trace such messages back and put a stop to them?
They didn't seem to care.
They offered to put a block on receiving text messages. As it
happens, I don't do any texting at all, but I'm not sure I want to
deny myself a feature in case I would want or need to use it in the
Are unsolicited text messages to a cell phone illegal? Isn't that
like sales calls to a cellphone which are illegal?
Could ...[telecom]recorded telecom messages
an archive of recorded messages:
Dave Garland wrote:
> an archive of recorded messages:
heh heh, those have some humor potential!
Rick Merrill wrote:
>Dave Garland wrote:
>>an archive of recorded messages:
>heh heh, those have some humor potential!
Friend of mine had a very realistic sounding ring tone with perfect SIT
(tone) sequence and "We're sorry due to call overload, our system ...Re: [Telecom] Cell phone text message spam
Thu, 03 Jan 2008 18:07:11 -0800 Steven Lichter wrote:
<<I get very little spam on my phone, Srint allows you to set your user
name on each phone that then becomes the same on your e-mail address.
change min a while back because a friend of mine put my e-mail address
on his long e-mail jokes he would send out, I have unlimited data on my
plan so it does not matter to me.>>
This does nothing for text message spam that is phone number to phone
We're happy that you wish to subscribe to an unlimited data, but most
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In a message dated 7/18/2009 9:44:10 AM Central Daylight Time,
> My feeling is that automation must make things better for the customer
> than they were before.
The usual result nowadays is that it is done to make things better for the
company, not the customer.
...[telecom] Need some guidance on telecom easements [Telecom]
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> IANAL, and you need a good one, experienced in both easements and
> tower leases. Don't go to the local guy: this is an area where new
> precedents are being set almost daily, as cell towers and cellular
> infrastructure pop up at every streetcorner. You need a firm that
> does this all the time.
> You can start by getting some facts by yourself:
> 1. What frequencies will the transmitter(s) operator on?
> 2. What company will hold the FCC license?
> 3. What are the authorized emission types?
&...Re: The Telecom Digest (16 messages) [telecom]
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 23:23:21 -0400 Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> noted the article:
<<Smartphones encourage mobile user churn
Owners of high end handsets are the least loyal, bad news for AT&T
Published: 22 September, 2010
High end smartphones not only bring operators' networks crashing down
with their high rates of data consumption, but they breed fickle
consumers who will worsen churn levels, especially as users get more
hostile to two-year contract lock-ins. The downside of the smartphone
boom is highlighted in a survey by Nokia Siemens, which found that
users of high end handsets are the least likely to stay with their
Further on into the article it states:
<<Before smartphones, the main driver of customer loyalty was network
coverage and signal strength. Now the device is the main factor for
customers choosing a carrier, and applications and services play a
major role in keeping them loyal, both to the device and the
In my opinion anyone who switches their carrier simply for a device no
matter how "wow" the device is a little not too smart. Many people
have stated many times that AT&T's network is inferior to Verizon's
but I know plenty of people who now have regular non jailbroken
iPhones who I assume are on the AT&T network and have abandoned their
previous network. If you have a device that can't perform because the
netwo...Re: The Telecom Digest (1 messages) [TELECOM]
> Per T:
>>> It's not going to happen. Most phone services allow call-block now. And
>>> on my phone I use Blacklist for Android - MetroPCS wants to charge me a
>>> buck a month for phone block. A $2 app does it forever and I don't need
>>> to pay MetroPCS for the privilege.
>> But don't Call-Block services depend on a blacklist? If so, who
>> maintains the blacklist?
>> What data does the Android app work from? Does it just block
>> anything where the calling number is not in your phonebook?
> No, you can tell the Blacklist application what numbers to block. I
> quite like it as when you want to add it'll go into the phone call log
> and let you choose a number.
There is a similar program for Blackberry, I use iBlocker Pro on mine.
It will reject calls (either dump straight to voicemail or auto-answer
and hang up on the call) and reply to texts from blocked numbers too
with your own "custom" message.
...Re: [telecom] Texting May Be Taking a Toll [Telecom]
In a message dated 6/3/2009 6:54:07 AM Central Daylight Time,
Maybe with the current acceleration of data overload from so many
sources we are seeing more and more people suffering from it?
Much of the overload is "tuned out" by most peole. I also never pay
attention to advertising on the internet except to notice how intrustive
> Much of the overload is "tuned out...Re: [telecom] Texting May Be Taking a Toll [Telecom] #2
In a message dated 6/3/2009 6:54:54 AM Central Daylight Time,
Given that I'm of a certain age I recall similar comments about the
Beatles and Elvis Presley. And read a newspaper from 1890. Not 1990
but a century before that. Remarkable how similar the comments about
the youth back then.
I have seen similar quotations running down youth from one of the Greek
philowophers. Far before 1890.
***** Moderator's ...Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]
The Phila Inqr reported that the City of Philadelphia and surrounding
suburbs have rolled out a new emergency text messaging system. The
goal is to give more information on what people should do in case of
In the past, sirens were used, but people didn't know if they should
stay inside (e.g. for a chemical plant leak) or evacuate (e.g. for a
Further, text messaging uses limited bandwidth and will [supposedly]
get through when cell phones aren't working.
For additional details please see:
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20080405_Emerge...Cell phone texting spam--article [telecom]
This is an issue that bugs me--spam sent to cell phone as text
messages that the recipient must pay for, and the lack of
responsiveness from the cell phone carriers. I got a few such spams
that I had to pay for and my only option was to turn off texting
capability; an option I think is wrong but I had no other reasonable
An article in the Phila Inqr discusses this further. See:
Can't the cell phone carriers use ANI to trace back to the offending
source? If the caller spoofed their callback number (as I suspect
they do), couldn't they be prosecuted for that?
On Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:42:09 -0500, Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com> wrote:
> This is an issue that bugs me--spam sent to cell phone as text
> messages that the recipient must pay for, and the lack of
> responsiveness from the cell phone carriers. ...
> Can't the cell phone carriers use ANI to trace back to the offending ...
Some SMS arrive at a cell phone after going through an email-to-SMS gateway.
For example, any internet email client can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
(to illustrate with a made-up T-Mobile email addie), and if 212-333-4444 *is*
the cellular number of a T-Mobile subscriber, the first (roughly) 150 characters
of that email are sent to that subscriber's handset as an SMS.
I've had spam like that -- even the...[telecom] FTC vs. phone text-spam. Maybe
[FTC press release]
In eight different complaints filed in courts around the United States,
the FTC charged 29 defendants with collectively sending more than 180
million unwanted text messages to consumers, many of whom had to pay for
receiving the texts. The messages promised consumers free gifts or prizes,
including gift cards worth $1,000 to major retailers such as Best Buy,
Walmart and Target. Consumers who clicked on the links in the messages
found themselves caught in a confusing and elaborate process that required
them to provide sensitive personal information, apply for credit or pay to
subscribe to services to get the supposedly "free" cards.
- A question for our SMS mavens. Per the NY Times article [a]:
"Spam waves have become much more frequent since phone companies began
offering unlimited text-messaging plans. Now, spammers buy hundreds of SIM
cards, the chips that make cellphones work, allowing them to send a flood
of messages and then abandon the phone numbers."
- I'm wondering about that for a couple of reasons. First is
that you'd (the spammer, that is) still have to type in
each msg into the phone. That kind of limits it to a
hundred or so per hour.
- Now that's a big number, but it ain't a BIG number.
Are the...[telecom] Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says
Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging, Report Says
By BRIAN X. CHEN
MAY 11, 2012
Apple's iMessage, the free, Internet-based text-messaging service,
isn't the only thing AT&T's chief executive should lose sleep over.
Facebook is also eating into text-messaging revenues for carriers,
according to a report.
Strand Consult, a telecommunications consulting firm, released a
research note on Friday saying that based on measured minutes of use,
smartphone users were spending more time on Facebook and thus
probably sending more messages with its service than they are text
...Suicide bomber blown up prematurely by spam text [telecom]
Suicide bomber blown up prematurely by spam text
* Staff writers
* From: The Daily Telegraph
* February 01, 2011 7:27AM
A "BLACK Widow" suicide bomber who planned to detonate explosives in
central Moscow was killed when a spam text message from her mobile-phone
company set off the device early.
News of the botched New Year's Eve operation emerged yesterday as Russian
security sources said they had identified the suicide bo...[telecom] Why your cell phone is ripe for spam texts in 2012
Why your cell phone is ripe for spam texts in 2012
By Nancy Scola
June 1, 2012
In the late 1970s, the cutting edge of communications technologies
was the autodialer, a machine capable of calling up scores of people
in one shot, with little human involvement. It was innovative, and
annoying. By the early '90s, Congress had had enough. "Computerized
calls," railed South Carolina Democrat Fritz Hollings from the Senate
floor, "are the scourge of modern civilization."
And so, Congress legislated. But the focus was on commercial calls.
Mindful of the free flow of speech and - let's be honest - interested
in self-preservation, lawmakers exempted political calls from its
Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act. But Congress decided that
some phones were too sensitive to get even autodialed political
calls: those in hospitals, those designated for emergency purposes -
and those in our pockets.
But here we are, some two decades later, and voters across the
country are getting political text messages they never asked for.
In <email@example.com> Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>Why your cell phone is ripe for spam texts in 2012
>But here we are, some two decades later, and voters across the
>country are getting political text messages they never asked ...RE Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]
> The Phila Inqr reported that the City of Philadelphia and surrounding
> suburbs have rolled out a new emergency text messaging system. The
> goal is to give more information on what people should do in case of
> In the past, sirens were used, but people didn't know if they should
> stay inside (e.g. for a chemical plant leak) or evacuate (e.g. for a
> Further, text messaging uses ...Re: Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]
>> You know, something struck me in all of this. What if you no longer
>> listen to radio or watch television? I don't do either anymore,
>> instead preferring net based video and podcasts.
Lisa Hancock replied:
> In the old days there sirens that would go off in an emergency.
> Citzens were supposed to tune to a radio station for instructions.
> This system peaked in the early 1960s for the cold war and was in
> decline since then. I wonder how many cities still bother to have
> the sirens. In Phila, they used to test them every W...Is Paying to Message Strangers a New Texting Business? [telecom]
Is Paying to Message Strangers a New Texting Business?
By BRIAN X. CHEN
DECEMBER 24, 2012
Cellphone carriers are making less money from text messages thanks to
free messaging services offered by Facebook, Apple and other tech
companies. But now Facebook is running a test to see if it can make
some money by charging people to send messages to strangers.
Facebook said it started the experiment with a small percentage of
users last week. For $1, a message sent to a stranger will show up in
the recipient's in-box. Typically, when you send a message to people
who aren't connected to you on Facebook, it shows up in a box labeled
"Other," which is often ignored.
...emergency alerts, was: Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom]
danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Anyone know how all this interconnects with the NOAA "weather service"
> "all hazards alert" radio network? Those transmissions are
> monitored by pretty much every PSAP (public safety answering point,
> aka the 911 centers), utility control rooms, etc.
EAS and SAME are almost the same, except NWS uses a single 1050 Hz
tone to open older receivers while EAS uses 853/960Hz dual tone. The
embededed information is the same, as are the FIPS (county) codes.
The ENDECs will accept an input from either wea...Need a telecom attorney [Telecom]
I'm looking for an attorney in the Philadelphia area who specializes
in land easements. We have a telecom company looking to put some
antenna's, and I guess transmitters on our property and want someone
to review the agreements. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
***** Moderator's Note *****
Michael, you're a very wise man.
IANAL, and I'm sure the readers will offer suggestions, but let me add
these suggestions to get you started:
* How many antennas? How man transmitters? (It's NOT a one-to-one relationship!)
* For _their_ radi...RE Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom] #2
> They [cable TV companies] never hesitate to interupt
> something for a local ad for a used car dealer, but
> anything else, nope.
> (b) [Cable TV systems insert EAS alerts] Only on non-
> broadcast channels. Broadcast stations typically insert
> their own EAS alerts, and usually don't want cable TV
> systems to duplicate their alerts.
> I don't understand. If something is urgent, why it
> broadcasters put it out but not cable stations?
email@example.com...RE Philadelphia emergency text messaging system [Telecom] #2
> As I have noted in previous posts on TD, cable TV
> systems carry Emergency Alert messages on all channels.
> Not on my cable system, they don't.
> They never hesitate to interupt something for a local ad
> for a used car dealer, but anything else, nope.
Then I would conclude that one of the following situations exists:
 You live in a small community served by a small franchised cable TV
system. Franchised cable TV systems serving fewer than 1000 subscribers
are exempt from the EAS rules.
[2...T-Mobile Claims Right to Censor Text Messages [telecom]
T-Mobile Claims Right to Censor Text Messages
By David Kravets
September 22, 2010
T-Mobile told a federal judge Wednesday it may pick and choose which
text messages to deliver on its network in a case weighing whether
wireless carriers have the same "must carry" obligations as wire-line
The Bellevue, Washington-based wireless service is being sued by a
texting service claiming T-Mobile stopped servicing its "short code"
clients after it signed up a California medical marijuana dispensary.
In a court filing, T-Mobile said it had the right to pre-approve EZ
Texting's clientele, which it said the New York-based texting service
failed to submit for approval.
EZ Texting offers a short code service, which works like this: A
church could send its schedule to a cell phone user who texted
"CHURCH" to 313131. Mobile phone users only receive text messages
from EZ Texting's customers upon request. Each of its clients gets
their own special word.