Mobile Spam

1:50 PM -- I woke up at 4:30 a.m. this morning to a urgent pinging from my cellphone. Wondering what kind of crazy story might have broken in the night, I staggered around in the dark, trod on the cat, and finally found my metallic tormentor and shut it up.

Only it turns out that there wasn't a big story, merely a dumb spam message promoting a crappy stock. This seems to be happening more frequently lately. A couple of years ago I'd get SMS spam once in a blue moon; now it is probably up to twice a month. It's still nothing to worry about, but I'm even less keen on having my phone inbox crammed with spam than I am my laptop.

Anyhow, I'm curious if readers have noticed a small but steady increase in mobile spam as well. I can't tell yet if it's a trend or just my luck.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

kcashman 12/5/2012 | 3:43:32 PM
re: Mobile Spam Mobile spam came in with a vengence for me a couple of months ago. I was receiving about 10+ a day (including the middle of the night). When I called my operator (who shall remane nameless) they pretty much blamed me for giving out my phone email address to someone online... which I didn't. After 3 calls to my operator I was told the only thing that could be done was to block all SMS coming from email addresses or the internet. That did seem to work, but now if I actually did want to receive legitimate SMS from an email or online I can forget it.
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:43:29 PM
re: Mobile Spam Interesting. If you don't mind me asking where are you located? I think it may depend somehwhat on your location.

AllKindsOfThings 12/5/2012 | 3:43:25 PM
re: Mobile Spam Email is at this time "NON-Secure and SPAM ridden" by design.

This will likely reamin the case as long as there is no trust-element option in a regular email (for example a digital signature flag that is cnfirming that the message was sent from a trustworthy sender, through a trustworthy server and service provider and that the sender actually has paid for the message transfer.

If thre was an interconnect chanrge of a cent per mail pumped into the system, spammers would not be happy, but consumers would be.

Best Regards !
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:43:20 PM
re: Mobile Spam That could get expensive for heavy BlackBerry users.
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