Hit back at annoying shortcode text ads

7 May 2009

For the more savvy among us, text-entering a competition using your mobile phone is about as enticing as urinating into a live socket. Unless you read the small print and follow the instructions to the letter, you could find yourself bombarded with annoying marketing texts for months to follow that are sometimes hard to cancel. Worse still are the ringtones and wallpapers you didn't want but are somehow being charged for.

The phone-paid services regulator, PhonepayPlus (previously known as ICSTIS), have relaunched their website, making it easier for you to find out just who those scumbags that are texting you from their secretive shortcode numbers. There’s also plenty of info if you feel the need to make a complaint against unwanted text-marketeers.

Director of Standards and Communications at PhonepayPlus, Simon Bates (right) said: "We are constantly improving the ways we help companies comply with our Code with minimum disruption to their business while, at the same time, making sure consumers avoid potential pitfalls and enjoy the benefits of phone-paid services.”

Bates then dedicated his quote to Julie, who lost touch with her childhood sweetheart Steve, only to bump into him again, 25 years later, on a beach in Marbella. Romance blossomed, and they got engaged, arranging to marry on that same spot of that same Marbella beach where they were reunited.

But Steve died tragically only hours before the wedding, while on his stag night with his friends. He drank too much tequila… and was electrocuted after urinating on a live socket.

Might be a different Simon Bates actually…

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  • Song B.
    Might be a different Simon Bates actually… Could have been his son, Master Bates...boom boom and groan.
  • Nobby
    > Master Bates…boom boom and groan. Is that how long it takes you? One boom, another boom and it's all over?
  • Justin M.
    Thanks for this. I started getting unsolicited junk text saying things like "Jennifer Aniston gets ridden hard' containing WAP links pointing me towards celeb sleaze and what would probably be porn. Replied STOP but they continued until I replied STOP again. Not looking foward to receiving my phone bill and seeing charges for texts I never wanted but at least I can do something about it happening in the future. Also had to complain about Total Fitness, who I had to ask to stop texting me with membership offers 3 times before finally contacting their text service provider and making a complaint to them, who then had a quiet word with Total Fitness. Not to mention that I'm on the Telephone Preference Service list!
  • James R.
    I always thought Simon Bates looked like a child moleater
  • Simon B.
    I've heard them all before people. On a serious note, we understand how annoying and potentially harmful these texts can be and are working hard to stamp them out. Find out more at http://www.phonepayplus.org.uk/output/news/PROBLEM-WITH-MOBILE.aspx
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