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T-Mobile USA Battles with Short Code Companies

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Sep 18, 2010, 10:19 AM
everyone whine whine whine... tmobile didnt do any harm to ez text by blocking them... and they have the right as stated in every contract to terminate or block any services they deem harmful or illegal... which technically dispencaries are federrally illegal just legal in that state... so tmobile doesnt have to approve ur service...

as far as chacha goes... suck it up its 25% of a penny... if their network is being bombarded by u they have the right to charge u what they deem it so either work out an agreement like other companies or pay ur dues point blank period... id rather u pay for ur text than to have my bill raised to help support u using the network

all in all i hope tmo fights u all and im sure they will win...

Sep 18, 2010, 12:10 PM
SMS does not bombard networks at all. In fact, when a network is too congested to place a voice call (like NYC numbers experienced during 9-11-01), SMS will go through fine. Tmo needs no extra capacity to keep up with this demand, thus they have no reason to charge consumers extra.

Make no mistake, Tmo will charge you for these messages even if they charge ChaCha to send them electronically. I can't think of another situation where a carrier charges for messages sent electronically (not originating from their network).

I like ChaCha, mainly because it's free (they make their money on ads sent with the answers to your queries). If Tmo goes through with this, ChaCha may have to start charging for this service, like KGB does.

Sep 18, 2010, 12:38 PM
I will have to do some research, but if this is one of those companies that charge you $9.99 each month for their pointless service that you dont know you will be charged for until you see your bill, then good riddance. I cant tell you how many people I have come into my store that never even signed up for these stupid things. I hope they lose, I hope T-Mo blocks all of them. I dont know why they allowed them in the first place.

Sep 18, 2010, 2:28 PM
They are allowed because the cell company makes a lot of money off them, through agreements that they have. Of that $9.99 charge, about $4.00 goes to the cellular company. If the cell company has to credit the charge, they also submit that back to the content provider to get the money back. The only downside to the carrier is dealing with the customers fussing about them, but the millions they make apparently make it worth it.

Sep 18, 2010, 5:40 PM
ChaCha charges no hidden monthly fee, and no per-message fee either. As I stated, they make their money off advertisements sent with the answers to your queries.

Tmobile banks off people using this service only because of billable messages sent/received. This is money-grab on their part, plain and simple.

Sep 18, 2010, 8:06 PM
I agree. This is so funny of T-Mobile. LOL. STONERS ARE WEIRDOES!!!!

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