AT&T's 'American Idol' SMS Decried As Spam
AT&T recently sent an SMS message promoting the television debut of American Idol's most recent season to a 'significant' number of its 75 million subscribers, including those who've voted in past seasons and others described as "heavy texters." The SMS advertisement urged subscribers to tune into the broadcast and also pointed users to a Web site where they could find more details. It also told subscribers how to unsubscribe from receiving such messages. Customers quickly complained about the message and its content, calling it unsolicited spam. AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel said, "We want people to watch the show and participate. It makes perfect sense to use texting to tell people about a show built on texting." AT&T is a major sponsor of the show.
FCC Reveals the Alcatel Idol 5
Documents recently published to the FCC web site show what is likely the Alcatel Idol 5, which has not yet been formally announced by TCL. A device with the model name 6058 was cleared by the FCC for operation in the U.S.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.
Idol 4 Now On Sale at Cricket Wireless
Cricket Wireless today said the Alcatel Idol 4 is now available for sale from its web site. The Idol 4 is the smaller brother of the Idol 4S.
Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones.
Facebook Testing SMS Functionality in Messenger
Facebook is exploring the possibility of allowing people to send SMS messages through the Facebook Messenger application on Android devices. "We are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone," said Facebook in a statement provided to TechCrunch.
This is another point from AT&T
I think AT&T should be sued for this, and in part of that all the towers have to be allocated to T-Mobile.
SMS is not email and shouldn't have any text that is not wanted.
Here is what you do
go to options (depending on phone)
it takes less than 10 seconds
Next time have something valid to complain about.
it takes less than 10 seconds
So how do you feel about email spam? It takes less than 10 seconds to delete an email, too.
What if your phone vibrated 3 times a day with promotional te...
It's absolutely spam
Richard Cox, the chief information officer for Spamhaus, a nonprofit antispam organization based in Britain, countered: "Itâ€™s absolutely spam. It's an unsolicited text message. People who received it didn't ask for it. That's the universal definition of spam."
Even worse than an unwelcome email message is one that comes when you're busy and sounds like it's from someone you know.