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Saturday, January 26, 2008

The spammers are costing me money!

I have text messaging on my phone, but I don't have an unlimited plan. I pay 10 cents to send a text and 2 cents every time I receive one. I've done the math, and at this point, I just don't send and receive enough text messages to make the unlimited plan worth it. For now, I'm content to pay per message.

Except now, I have started getting spam texts. Porn spam texts, of course. I knew that spam texts were common for people with unlimited text plans, but until recently, I had been spared the spam.

I'm not sure how the spammers got my number, but every so often, I check my phone and find that two or three new spam messages have come in. I have to pay for those!

Okay, so it's only 2 cents per message. So the three messages I just discovered only cost me 6 cents. But this goes back to my hidden fees post - how many of these do I get over a period of time? How much money does it end up costing me? A dollar a year? More? And I've discovered that these spam messages were coming more frequently than they used to.

I'm not sure if I'm going to contact the phone company or not. After all, it was only 3 messages. Only 6 cents. Maybe I am overreacting. And it's probably not worth my time to sit on hold for 5-10 minutes only to get 6 cents credited to my account.

But I still find it a little frustrating.

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