Android :: Stop Spam Texts Without Confirming Validity Of Number?
Oct 11, 2010
Ever since I got my Android phone, or perhaps it was the unlimited texting, I began getting one our two spam texts a day. My question is this: When I receive such text messages, which often ask me to respond in a certain way (by sending back the word STOP for instance) in order for me to unsubscribe, should I respond? It's a dilemma because I want the spam to stop but I don't want to confirm the validity of my number either (that would invite more spam).
A couple nights ago, I installed a picture frame widget from the Market. Nice black frame, just what I wanted. Since then I've been getting unsolicited Spam texts. I don't know for sure, though, if its the widget causing the trouble. The reason I suspect it now is that there was no screen detailing what types of permissions the app had when I chose to install. I didn't think anything of it at the time, since it was supposed to be basically an inert widget. Now I'm regretting my naivete. So, I've uninstalled the pic frame (and Messaging Widgets just to be safe). Anything else I should do at this point? I don't do any banking or buying on my phone, but still.
A few days ago my fiancee received a text from an email address while I was with her. It had some gibberish and a phone number. She deleted it right after she read it. She has a BlackBerry Tour on Verizon. Today, I got basically the same thing - a message from "CJOHNS235@sprintpcs.com" and the body is "EPPlCARD LLBH alert 521148. call 828-268-**** ". I googled the phone number and apparently it's some guy named Steve in North Carolina. If it was an email I wouldn't be worried, but it came to my phone number. I never give out my cell number for anything.
I somehow (knowingly or unknowingly) touched & dialled a number from an adult content app and then hung up. Since that day, I keep getting text msgs from different numbers, with lewd text & asking me to call a number (constant across all these sms-es). I block the number using MyVerizon number blocking service; but in 2-3 days I get similar text, asking me to call the same number, from a different number. I keep on blocking this new number (from where the text came) and they keep on sending same text from a different number. This keep on increasing my text bill.
If I reply to one of those texts saying "STOP", as the verizon customer care rep suggested, wouldn't that flag my number as LIVE and they'll start sending me more texts?How about using sms blocker apps? Again, question there is - do the sms blocker apps just delete spam msgs upon receiving and will I still incur the sms cost in my bill?
A while ago I found an app that would text phone numbers of your choice with "X" amount of texts. You would just fill in the text box, specify how many texts, and the frequency of the texts....... and voila! Instant gratification of seeing my friends phone blow up because he couldn't delete them as quickly as they were coming in.
I would prefer to find the original free version, but paid version is fine too. As long as you can personalize the text field, and set the number of texts, I'd be happy. The one I had you could set an almost unlimited number of texts, so I'd usually do them 75 texts at a time. As long as it'll let you do more than 50, it would be perfect.
Anytime there is bad weather I get these texts. This is happening from the stock weather app apparently. I haven't installed any weather apps. I tried to text "stop" and "end" back to them as reply, but no luck. I don't see anything under manage applications for weather that will let me change it.
I've looked pretty hard to find an answer to this but only found things about sending multiple page texts, not receiving. As a Verizon customer I loved being able to send and receive 7 page texts to and from other Verizon customers. I recently upgraded to an Eris from that horribly lousy Alias and noticed that when the same Verizon people send me multiple page texts, the Eris splits the texts up. I'm fine with it doing this, but the thing that really bothers me is every time I get a multiple page text from a Verizon user it also sends me (and the person sending the text) a notification saying the text had special formatting removed or something to that extent. Some people I talk to tend to send texts that are 2 or more pages every time and the constant notification can get really irritating. Is there an app or a workaround to prevent this?
I put all my contacts into google contacts and synced them over to my hero but theres only 2 people that when they text me the display doesnt show their name it just shows their telephone number. This is very frustrating. All numbers in my contacts are put in with area code ie 8131234567.
So I ran the auto installer and my S3 went through the process and successfully installed CM onto my phone. Where in the settings of the phone can I confirm that it's CM because when I pull down the settings menu it still looks like TW 4.3?
How do you stop incoming texts from going into the notifications bar at top of the screen? If i turn it off then there is not audio alert? I hate clearing the the notifications every time i get a text.
My Droid Eris is lagging terribly and I'm fairly certain its due largely to the number of texts i have saved in my phone. After going through the site for what seemed endlessly and trying for 2 days to erase the mass threads I've decided to do a hard reset. My contacts and calendar are backed up on gmail so I'm not worried about losing any of that but are the photos/video saved to the SD card or will they be erased?
I only have one ? and not sure here is the place to ask,but I need an answer soon,cause this is driving me crazy! I keep recieving these text messages from some BREW THING. i DO NOT ANSWER OR REPLY BECAUSE i AM AFRAID OF GETTIN WHACKED WITH A CHARGE,WHICH HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. hOW DO i STOP THESE FROM COMING TO MY PHONE?Sorry about the caps! Oh, also,can I remove gmail as I have yahoo set up on my droid(thanks to this forum)?
I rooted my stock 2.2 DX. After installing Rom manager and downloading and flashing FlyX, every time I get a text, it comes through 4 times. 2 through the stock message program, and 2 through the messaging program that got installed during the flash. Can any one help?
I cannot find out how to increase the text messaging validity on my phone. If I send a txt to someone who has no signal or phone is turned off I get a message failed delivery report. In my past sony ericsson phones there is a setting you can change so it will try to send for a longer period of time, It is usually found in the text settings but on the x10 mini pro I can't find it anywhere.
So ya, there's a phone in my HTC Hero. No surprise.
My problem is this: I find that the easiest way to call a person is to go to the phone app and scroll through the call history displayed to find the person I wish to call. Once I see their name, I just press on it, and the call begins. Unfortunately, a friend I call often may use their house phone or cell phone when I only ever want to call their cell (Evo ). Often, the situation is that I previously talked to him on his house phone, and I'm calling him in the middle of the night (we're young; we don't sleep rational hours during the summer... or ever). Unfortunately for me, my call usually bugs his parents, and I get reprimanded...
Is there a setting that allows me to only call his cell, or do I just need to break this habit?
I got google voice and on the settings it has the option to turn off sms forwarding to mobile phone. I have it unchecked but whenever someone texts my GV number, handcent app gets a text. is there some other setting I am missing. It is on a moto droid btw
I do not want my phone to vibrate when dialing a phone number on the stock dialer. I've been looking for the right menu item that controls this unwanted (on my part) feature of my otherwise perfect Evo. Anybody know where to find the setting that turns off the phone dialer vibrations?
I really hate the stock messaging app on the bottom of my Galaxy s2. I like using gosms cause i can lock it and keep it private. But the messages are showing up still in the messaging app, ( i thought i enabled only gosms) and of course, when i delete them, they get deleted in gosms too
I've noticed that a lot of comments on top apps are from comment spammers. When is something going to be done about this market wide problem? There are probably less than 20 of these users who hit virtually every top app with comment spam. My app is getting hit every single day by these people. It's really getting annoying.