I decided to wake
up late on a Sunday morning when a beep of an SMS alert on my
mobile phone woke me up. I annoyingly woke up to see a religious
promotional quotation which kept popping up at least 15-20 times
a day for the last one month. After an hour, I again got a message
from the same number saying 30 bucks have been deducted from my
prepaid mobile connection for using their premium service for the
last month. This raised my frustration to its boiling point.
messages are growing out of control raising questions
as to how the marketing companies catch hold of the database
of millions of numbers. Messages generally comprise of ring
tone download offers, nonsensical cricket quiz, insurance
policies, bank loans, stock options, astrology and the list
is ruthlessly unending. These include some automated voice
calls as well, which keep coming until you pick up the call.
menace rises exponentially on the weekends with a wake up
call early in the morning. Sometimes a glitch in the system
causes the same message to be received at least 4-5 times
These killer spam
messages are great business for the advertising companies as
they are fast, cheap and reach larger number of audience. These
unsolicited messages disturb people amidst meetings, family dinners,
holidays and now they started becoming a wake up call on a weekend
as well. In many phones the messages cannot be deleted until they
are opened. Now-a-days any electronics goods bought in the market
comes in a package deal. One has to give details of the mobile number
and give them permission to bother with all the unwanted promotional
offers, new deals and services offered by the company. The height
of torture is reached when subscribers like me have to not only
painstakingly delete dozens of junk SMSes but also pay from the
pocket for going through the headache.
SMS spam is the biggest threat to the service providers as
low cost internet portals allow SMS messages to be sent on
a lot at a very low cost in no time. So, how to filter and
kill SMS spam is the question in every users mind. I had to
immediately block all the messages from the number and de-activate
the so called premium service being offered to me. I called
up my service providers toll-free number, lodged a complaint
against the mobile number and asked him to block all the messages
from the number. But in some other cases the messages are
sent from a series of numbers and it is difficult to track
All the tele-marketing
messages can be blocked by asking the service provide
to provide the facility of Do Not Disturb, generally called
DND by most of the service providers.
But, this has the
risk of blocking some relevant marketing messages as well. In some
high end mobile phones, Spam Managers can be installed which filter
the messages and block SPAM to some extent.
the technology of filtering SPAM messages catches up and become
available to the common man, base model phone users like you and
me need to be ready to give away weekend sleep to a junk message.
Contributing Writer - Surya
Kumari Govindu A vivacious
reader and writer looking forward to making it a profession.
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