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CELL PHONES

Spam to Go

The Annoyance:

I just received a text ad for a cheap home mortgage on my cell phone. Not only am I receiving ads I don't want, I'm being forced to pay for them! What can I do to stop cell phone spam?

The Fix:

Unsolicited ads sent via cell phone text messaging services has been an unpleasant fact of life in Japan and Europe for a few years, and it could become a big problem for the United States' 165 million cell phone owners. The CAN SPAM Act of 2003 authorized the FCC to look into methods for stopping phone spam; in February 2005, the agency published a list of wireless domains to which spammers were forbidden to send commercial text messages without a customer's permission. (For more info, see http://ftp.fcc.gov/cgb/policy/canspam.html.) But given the miniscule impact CAN SPAM has had on our email inboxes, don't expect much relief from the FCC ruling.


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