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  1. #1
    Tyaan
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    Is there any way I can block spam text messages on my cell phone? It
    makes the feature almost useless.



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  2. #2
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Is there any way I can block spam text messages on my cell phone? It
    > makes the feature almost useless.


    Tyaan, what kind spam TM's are getting now? Is there any way to track those
    messages back to the senders?

    Bob





  3. #3
    Terry Knab
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    Re: Cell phone spam

    Depends. If its a message to PCS mail, yes. if its one way, Sprint in
    *theory* can block one way messages.

    For PCS mail, I suggest changing your username to something that isn't
    overly common or adding numbers to it. I found if you have a username that
    is a common word (such as mountains), it will get a ton of PCS mail spam,
    but a name like mountains999 won't.

    Luckily, sprint doesn't yet charge for incoming messages on Vision accounts,
    so there's a plus.

    "Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Is there any way I can block spam text messages on my cell phone? It
    > makes the feature almost useless.
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  4. #4
    Tyaan
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    Re: Cell phone spam

    On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 21:33:45 GMT, "Terry Knab" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Depends. If its a message to PCS mail, yes. if its one way, Sprint in
    >*theory* can block one way messages.
    >

    The spam is getting sent to my phone number at sprintpcs.com (i.e.
    [email protected]. It comes from randomly generated addresses,
    usually advertising viagra, home loans, and stuff like that.

    >For PCS mail, I suggest changing your username to something that isn't
    >overly common or adding numbers to it. I found if you have a username that
    >is a common word (such as mountains), it will get a ton of PCS mail spam,
    >but a name like mountains999 won't.
    >

    I don't have a vision phone so I don't think think this applies.

    >Luckily, sprint doesn't yet charge for incoming messages on Vision accounts,
    >so there's a plus.
    >

    I just switched to a non-vision account (replaced L.G. PoS with Nokia
    3588i). Will I get charged now?

    >"Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> Is there any way I can block spam text messages on my cell phone? It
    >> makes the feature almost useless.
    >>




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  5. #5
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 21:33:45 GMT, "Terry Knab" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >Depends. If its a message to PCS mail, yes. if its one way, Sprint in
    > >*theory* can block one way messages.
    > >

    > The spam is getting sent to my phone number at sprintpcs.com (i.e.
    > [email protected]. It comes from randomly generated addresses,
    > usually advertising viagra, home loans, and stuff like that.
    >
    > >For PCS mail, I suggest changing your username to something that isn't
    > >overly common or adding numbers to it. I found if you have a username

    that
    > >is a common word (such as mountains), it will get a ton of PCS mail spam,
    > >but a name like mountains999 won't.
    > >

    > I don't have a vision phone so I don't think think this applies.
    >
    > >Luckily, sprint doesn't yet charge for incoming messages on Vision

    accounts,
    > >so there's a plus.
    > >

    > I just switched to a non-vision account (replaced L.G. PoS with Nokia
    > 3588i). Will I get charged now?


    Don't know whether you will be charged or not, but I have a follow up
    question. Are you sure that those spams are being directed specifically to
    your TM address and not to your sprintpcs email address?

    I ask as I get a lot of the same type of spam sent to my sprintpcs email
    address, and had my preferences set to send me a TM, everytime an email was
    sent to my email address. So, it looked like my TM address was getting
    spammed. I went back into my preferences to *not* notify me via TM on new
    email received to the sprintpcs account. Now, I don't receive any spam TMs.

    Bob





  6. #6
    Tyaan
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam

    On Mon, 08 Dec 2003 13:25:38 GMT, "Bob Smith"
    <usir[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> On Sun, 07 Dec 2003 21:33:45 GMT, "Terry Knab" <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >> >Depends. If its a message to PCS mail, yes. if its one way, Sprint in
    >> >*theory* can block one way messages.
    >> >

    >> The spam is getting sent to my phone number at sprintpcs.com (i.e.
    >> [email protected]. It comes from randomly generated addresses,
    >> usually advertising viagra, home loans, and stuff like that.
    >>
    >> >For PCS mail, I suggest changing your username to something that isn't
    >> >overly common or adding numbers to it. I found if you have a username

    >that
    >> >is a common word (such as mountains), it will get a ton of PCS mail spam,
    >> >but a name like mountains999 won't.
    >> >

    >> I don't have a vision phone so I don't think think this applies.
    >>
    >> >Luckily, sprint doesn't yet charge for incoming messages on Vision

    >accounts,
    >> >so there's a plus.
    >> >

    >> I just switched to a non-vision account (replaced L.G. PoS with Nokia
    >> 3588i). Will I get charged now?

    >
    >Don't know whether you will be charged or not, but I have a follow up
    >question. Are you sure that those spams are being directed specifically to
    >your TM address and not to your sprintpcs email address?
    >
    >I ask as I get a lot of the same type of spam sent to my sprintpcs email
    >address, and had my preferences set to send me a TM, everytime an email was
    >sent to my email address. So, it looked like my TM address was getting
    >spammed. I went back into my preferences to *not* notify me via TM on new
    >email received to the sprintpcs account. Now, I don't receive any spam TMs.
    >
    >Bob
    >

    I'm not signed up for a sprintpcs e-mail account. It tries to get me
    to sign up for one when I go to that page. I never created a username
    or alias and the e-mails I get are sent to [email protected] .
    I did find a page in my profile where I can block senders but this is
    useless as the sender names are randomly generated and I can't block
    mail from a domain.



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  7. #7
    Dave K.
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    Re: Cell phone spam

    Tyaan <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The spam is getting sent to my phone number at sprintpcs.com (i.e.
    > [email protected]. It comes from randomly generated addresses,
    > usually advertising viagra, home loans, and stuff like that.


    Same here. I get 20 or 30 a day. And for Bob, no, these are not Sprint
    PCS email spams, but rather the 1-way "SMS" message spams. i.e. they
    are not addressed to my "@sprintpcs.com" email address, but rather
    directly to my phone i.e. [email protected].

    And the maddening thing is that there seems to be no way to stop them.
    I have every "1-way" messaging option turned off at
    manage.sprintpcs.com, but they keep coming.

    I'm hoping that the new Sprint SMS system that is supposed to take over
    in January will address this.

    Dave


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  8. #8
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Tyaan" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    <snipped>

    > I'm not signed up for a sprintpcs e-mail account. It tries to get me
    > to sign up for one when I go to that page. I never created a username
    > or alias and the e-mails I get are sent to [email protected] .
    > I did find a page in my profile where I can block senders but this is
    > useless as the sender names are randomly generated and I can't block
    > mail from a domain.


    Unfortunately, if that is the case, there is really nothing you can do, save
    to give CS a call, tell them the problem you are experiencing, that you
    don't want to pay for those unsolicitated TMs and ask them for a new
    telephone number.

    Bob





  9. #9
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Dave K." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1g5nnvm.z1aqe81bg11voN%[email protected]
    > Tyaan <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > The spam is getting sent to my phone number at sprintpcs.com (i.e.
    > > [email protected]. It comes from randomly generated addresses,
    > > usually advertising viagra, home loans, and stuff like that.

    >
    > Same here. I get 20 or 30 a day. And for Bob, no, these are not Sprint
    > PCS email spams, but rather the 1-way "SMS" message spams. i.e. they
    > are not addressed to my "@sprintpcs.com" email address, but rather
    > directly to my phone i.e. [email protected].
    >
    > And the maddening thing is that there seems to be no way to stop them.
    > I have every "1-way" messaging option turned off at
    > manage.sprintpcs.com, but they keep coming.
    >
    > I'm hoping that the new Sprint SMS system that is supposed to take over
    > in January will address this.
    >
    > Dave


    Dave, per my reply to Tyann, about the only way to fix that problem is to
    get a new phone number. That is, unless Rob - O/Sirus knows of some new way
    to stop it through the system.

    Bob





  10. #10
    Dave K.
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam

    Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:


    > Dave, per my reply to Tyann, about the only way to fix that problem is to
    > get a new phone number. That is, unless Rob - O/Sirus knows of some new way
    > to stop it through the system.
    >


    Bob-

    I'm going to wait for the Jan 4 new SMS system to see if that gives more
    control options. I see no point changing phone numbers now, since this
    appears to be simple sequential numerical spamming. ie.

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    etc.

    For that reason, you have as good a chance of getting the spams at the
    new number as any other. If Sprint can't fix this in their new system,
    that will be our final straw to dump them. That on top of the fact that
    we've NEVER had Sprint coverage right here at our home in the heart of
    Atlanta (Virginia-Highland)!

    Dave
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  11. #11
    Dave K.
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam

    Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:

    > give CS a call, tell them the problem you are experiencing, that you
    > don't want to pay for those unsolicitated TMs


    Sheesh- now there's a wrinkle I hadn't even considered. One-way TMs do
    not require you to launch your Wireless Web browser, so I assumed there
    was at least no cost in receiving the things. Are you sure I'm getting
    charged?

    Dave

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  12. #12
    Bob Smith
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Dave K." <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:1g5nqhf.1e8s43s19v2pkwN%[email protected]
    > Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > give CS a call, tell them the problem you are experiencing, that you
    > > don't want to pay for those unsolicitated TMs

    >
    > Sheesh- now there's a wrinkle I hadn't even considered. One-way TMs do
    > not require you to launch your Wireless Web browser, so I assumed there
    > was at least no cost in receiving the things. Are you sure I'm getting
    > charged?
    >
    > Dave


    Ya know, since they brought Vision on line, I'm not sure. I know that those
    folks with Vision on their account, obviously TMs don't cost anything, that
    TMs are included with the service, but for those folks w/o vision on their
    account, I don't know.

    I know that accounts that don't have Vision, can use it ... and there is a
    cost to using it, as outlined here quite often. Hence my statement above.

    Bob





  13. #13
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam

    In article <1g5nqhf.1e8s43s19v2pkwN%
    [email protected]>, Dave=20
    [email protected] says...
    > Bob Smith <[email protected]> wrote:
    >=20
    > > give CS a call, tell them the problem you are experiencing, that you
    > > don't want to pay for those unsolicitated TMs

    >=20
    > Sheesh- now there's a wrinkle I hadn't even considered. One-way TMs do
    > not require you to launch your Wireless Web browser, so I assumed there
    > was at least no cost in receiving the things. Are you sure I'm getting
    > charged?
    >=20
    > Dave
    >=20
    >=20


    Yes, potentially, you could be. I *think* you mentioned=20
    it's now a Nokia 3588i. For that, no. If it were one of=20
    the older, Wireless Web, phones, yes, you would be.

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    -+-
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



  14. #14
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam

    In article <yO5Bb.5437$Ho3.58
    @newsread1.news.atl.earthlink.net>, Bob=20
    [email protected] says...
    > Dave, per my reply to Tyann, about the only way to fix that problem is to
    > get a new phone number. That is, unless Rob - O/Sirus knows of some new w=

    ay
    > to stop it through the system.
    >=20
    > Bob
    >=20


    We don't have *direct* access to the messaging system for=20
    Vision phones (and, in this particular case, the Nokia=20
    counts as a Vision phone). However, we *do* have a=20
    procedure for blocking unsolicited messages.

    Dave K mentioned our newer text messaging system. When=20
    that goes live, mid to late January now, we're supposed to=20
    once more be able to use a tool that worked for Wireless=20
    Web phones, and then we'll be able to handle this directly=20
    again.

    We're getting SLAMMED with calls right now because of=20
    circumstances we apparently could not avoid. But if you=20
    don't mind the wait, give us a call in Vision Tech Support,=20
    and we can run a ticket through to turn that messaging off=20
    completely. For now, though, it's an all-or-nothing=20
    option.

    --=20
    -+-
    R=D8=DF
    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



  15. #15
    Scott Stephenson
    Guest

    Re: Cell phone spam


    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]

    >
    > Dave, per my reply to Tyann, about the only way to fix that problem is to
    > get a new phone number. That is, unless Rob - O/Sirus knows of some new

    way
    > to stop it through the system.


    This is at least the fourth group I've seen this topic appear on. It
    appears to be an industry problem, and not isolated to Sprint. The fixes
    are very slow in coming. Nextel appears to have institued some form of
    filtering, which seemed to have stopped the complaints, but their only
    option prior to that was the same as it is here- either turn of messaging,
    or get a new number. I haven't seen anything to indicate that anyone else
    has addressed the problem.





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