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US carriers agree to end premium SMS spam


News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 22, 2013.

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AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have announced that they will cease charging subscribers for premium texting services, most of which are nothing more than spam that tricks users into paying highly monthly fees for unwanted messages. The carriers say that they will no longer bill customers for receiving texts from services that send daily horoscopes, jokes, and advertisements for other services. Many of these spam messages are sent because users were tricked into signing up or enrolled without their permission and it is difficult to unsubscribe.

T-Mobile has said that it will end all premium services with the exception of charitable and political donations. Customers who have already been billed can request a refund. More information is available here. The Attorney General of Vermont reports that AT&T and Sprint have also agreed to end the "problematic third-party charges" after the Attorney Generals of 45 of 50 states lobbied the carriers to stop premium text messages.

Verizon Wireless was the sole company note to completely state that it will end the premium services in the very near future because it's already "winding down" its support of the unwanted text messages. The carrier claims that it had previously decided to end the practice and is simply in the process of removing all premium charges that are not for charitable or political contributions.

source: The Verge

 
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