August 25th, 2015 13:52
Winning the Battle Against Spam Texts
Phones are great you wont find us arguing about that fact! With all of their features, there isnt much our devices cant do. However, there is something we wish they wouldnt do
Accept spam texts.
If you have no idea what were talking about, consider yourself one of the luckiest mobile phone owners in the world.
If you do, you know our pain.
Spam texting is annoying. Its a pain in the neck. Its downright rude. And, it can be costly if youre getting charged for all of these messages you dont even want. Thats not even mentioning the viruses they can contain.
Enough is enough. Were here to arm you for battle. Pick up your swords, ye great consumers. Were declaring war on spam!
Comrade In Arms
Youre not alone in this fight. In fact, you have a valiant knight on your side. Hes known as the FCC, and hes here to make sure spammers pay and youre protected. FCC regulations regarding spam texts are your battle plans. In order to win this war, you have to understand the strategy (AKA the FCC rules).
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, theres something you should know. According to our comrade the FCC, in order to get commercial texts, you have to give your consent in writing. If the texts are non-commercial (think school closings), then your consent can be oral.
What do these two types of texts have in common? You have to give CONSENT! So what happens if you didnt, but youre still getting bothered? This is where the battle begins.
The Battle Plan
In June 2015, the FCC updated its rules regarding unwanted telemarketing calls and texts. Ultimately, theyve made it even easier for you to put an end to the spam madness. And since text messages have the same protections under FCC rules as phone calls, these new updates are your key to defeating spammers once and for all.
Lets take a look at the battle plan:
Just Say When Look, we get it. Sometimes, you change your mind. Those shoes that once looked great actually look pretty horrid; that chicken you wanted to make for dinner now sounds gross compared to pizza; those discount notification texts from your favorite store sounded like a good idea until they blew up your phone every week. You dont have to be stuck with your decision forever. Instead, you can opt out of those messages simply by telling the messenger not to contact you again. In fact, according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Any reasonable way of saying no is allowed.
Cracking Down on Autodialers Loopholes are telemarketers best friends. Which is why, even though the FCC forbids calls and texts from autodialers (unless a consumer gives consent), telemarketers somehow found a way to get around this (how sneaky!). So, the FCC is clarifying the definition and giving providers full reign to use robo-calling blocking technology. Hurray!
One Warning When you get a new phone number, chances are youre getting a number thats been reassigned. Which also means youre getting the spam texts (and calls) that someone else opted in to no fun! While this used to mean droves of spam texts for consumers (Wheeler says the FCC has seen reports of 27,809 unsolicited text messages over 17 months to one reassigned number), it now means only one. Texters/Callers get one text/call to a reassigned number before they have to update their list. If they dont, they face penalties.
Do you feel ready to take on spammers? You should! Thanks to the FCC, youve got a full battle plan at your disposal to help you kiss those spam texts goodbye. And if youre still having trouble, you can drop the hammer by filing a complaint with the FCC. Dont forget to ask your provider for help, though. They have the tools to protect their consumers, too!
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