Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How to block cellphone spam

Well, maybe I'm the only person left in the universe who doesn't have a txting plan, and thus I pay per text message. But, that's me, and I've gotten two spam txt messages in the past couple days, and I refuse to continue paying for them. Mind you, this started after I ordered something from Amazon.com - which has pissed me off incredibly to begin with and I would not be surprised if this txt spam comes somehow through them (it's all a conspiracy!).

Anyway, found a great article on the web on how to block cellphone spam, at least through AT&T and Verizon.

* AT&T: Log in at mymessages.wireless.att.com. Under Preferences, you’ll see the text-blocking and alias options. Here’s also where you can block messages from specific e-mail addresses or Web sites.

* Verizon Wireless: Log in at vtext.com. Under Text Messaging, click Preferences. Click Text Blocking. You’re offered choices to block text messages from e-mail or from the Web. Here again, you can block specific addresses or Web sites. (Here’s where you set up your aliases, too.)

Here's the full blog post which explains things much better than I ever could since I don't really understand it.

6 comments:

laura b. said...

Even though texting is part of my plan, I wouldn't appreciate getting spam either. Fortunately, so far, I never do.
I buy from Amazon.com all the time and haven't had an issue.
Thanks for the PSA!

NoRegrets said...

OK, so I should stop being so paranoid about them (which is carried over from my husband, who completely distrusted them).

Mel said...

So far--spam free. But I know where to go should this become an issue.

Heaven forbid.
And if telemarketing starts.......omg.......

craig andrew said...

Since I don't own a cell phone or anything like a cellphone, I have no text plan and I get no spam. C;P

Pamela said...

Mel, you have the tools now.

Craig, and I thought my brother was bad...

Churlita said...

I've never had txt spam before either. If you have Verizon and you want a txt plan, they offer them for $10 a month. It's worth it for me, because I text more than talk on my phone. I take over a hundred calls a day at work, guess what's the last thing I want to do when I get home?