Hit back at annoying shortcode text ads
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…