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    SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

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    Thought this was interesting...

    Was reading a story on CNN called
    Get outta my phone!

    Spammers are getting crafty - they're sending text messages to your cell phone. But Fortune's Julie Schlosser is fighting back.


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    And then I came across this paragraph:

    In 2003, Congress enacted the CAN-SPAM act, which prohibits sending unwanted commercial e-mail messages to wireless devices without permission. The rules, which took effect in 2005, allow consumers to receive ads with prior consent or if a business relationship with the sender already exists.

    Mobile carriers are working hard to prevent spam from driving away customers. In October my carrier, Verizon Wireless, sued some notorious spammers caught sending texts to its subscribers. But more companies are looking to your cell phone as a marketing Holy Grail - which doesn't bode well for consumers. Indeed, a few of my colleagues received their first spam text messages the same day I did.

    Hmm...So a BlackBerry is used for "Email messages" and it is a "wireless device" and I am sure that all of this spam that has been coming through recently is "unsolicited".

    Can we say class action lawsuit?!?!?!

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    I'm in!!!!!

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Are the chances of getting SPAM sent to your BB e-mail account INCREASED if you have your other e-mail accounts pushed to it?!
    "Out of Small Things Proceedeth That which is Great."

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    use gmail and forward your other mails to it , gmail is a great spam catcher , that is what i do on vodafone and it works like a gem

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    count me in...funny how you post about this when in the last week i have received two separate text messages (haven't received any bb email spam, yet...) - one today for a payday loan! wth?
    are we getting *charged* for incoming texts? because i myself am on a pay per use...

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Don't think that's gonna stop em. Regular spam is already illegal in the US...did it stop or even slow? not at all.

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Couple of things here:
    The gmail solution works very well for me. I get about 10K spam message per month sent to various accounts but they all pass through my Gmail account before being sent to my Blackberry. I get maybe 3 - 4 spam messages a day. That’s really not much considering the volume of spam that is caught.

    The statement that text message marketing is the 'new holy grail' seems a little ridiculous to me.
    Getting spam via email is one thing. Now days most spam is caught with out an issue. It's amazing to me that companies still view it as a viable form of marketing. In the end, though it represents a mild annoyance to the end user if a message happens to get through.
    With 'text message' spam there's a new factor, most people have to pay for their text messages. When a company starts sending UNSOLICIATED text messages to people everyone will get mad. I don’t' want to be charged 10-15 cents to see an ad for a company. Most companies won't adopt a marketing strategy that has a high likely hood of making their potential consumers pissed off.
    Between that and the fact that carriers are on the offensive to prevent the few morons that think it might actually work, we'll be fine. Not to mention the CAN-SPAM act explicitly makes it illegal.



    anyway just my 2 cents.

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    Question Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Quote Originally Posted by antx16
    use gmail and forward your other mails to it , gmail is a great spam catcher , that is what i do on vodafone and it works like a gem
    I initially had the Gmail app for my BB. However, in my effort to streamline my BB Pearl, I got rid of the Gmail app and had Tmo "push" my Gmail account to my BB via the BIS.

    BUT.......

    By doing this, am I shooting myself in the foot for that kind of thinking? My reasoning is that if I have Tmo "push" my Gmail account (or ANY other service, for that matter), will that give SPAMMERS the opportunity to "SEE" my BIS e-mail account?

    Any insight is appreciated.
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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~
    Pushing to bis does not let spammers see your email at all. See the push as some robot logging into your email the same way you do, and copy/pasting everything into a direct-to-BB app.

    Also, most carriers these days do not charge for INCOMING sms messages, I know rogers does not.

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Or just use a spam filter: http://www.BlackBerrySpamFilter.com

    But I'm all in for the class-action suit!
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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~FireBreath wrote:
    "Also, most carriers these days do not charge for INCOMING sms messages, I know rogers does not."
    Rogers may not charge for incoming text messages, but your statement that "most" carriers don't charge for these is incorrect. Almost all carriers DO charge for both sent and received SMS messages. I can speak from personal experience that I have received these "spam" text messages. They are not only annoying like e-mail spam, but my first thought when I started receiving them was that I was going to end up paying for these messages. This type of spam definitely has the potential to be as, and possibly more troublesome than the traditional type, because of the inability of recipients to filter or block these messages like e-mail spam and due to the fact that you WILL end up paying for them in the long run. Hopefully service carriers, the government or others can preemptively strike against these new spammers before they get out of control as we all have experienced with the e-mail type. Spam sucks no matter where it gets sent, that is for sure.

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    Class action suit is ready to go.

    I'm in.

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    Re: SPAM to BlackBerry...Illegal?

    I say death to the spammers. If you think I am being sarcastic, wel....

    I had some spammers start using my domain name to send out spam. I staarted getting massive amounts of "returned" email from accounts that no longer existed.

    If we can't kill them, then at least give them life without parole.

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