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Old July 2nd, 2012, 06:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Push advertising: notification ads, unwanted shortcuts, browsers redirected.

I'm posting this because we are getting many threads, in different forums, from people who are finding advertisments in the notification area of their phone or related problems. The information here is collected from a number of these threads - thanks to all who have contributed.

If you start seeing advertisments in the notification area of your phone, this means that you have installed an application which uses "Push Notification" advertising. "Airpush" was the original such service, and so this is commonly referred to as "Airpush spam". As well as notification ads, this method has been used to place shortcuts on users' homescreens or change browser settings, e.g. redirect homepages.

In addition to being more intrusive than in-app advertising, it is also insidious because it does not tell you which app is pushing the advert. People have reported that there is usually a delay between the app being installed and the adverts first appearing, making identification of the culprit more difficult.

If you have one of these problems, there are a number of apps that will identify which of your installed applications is responsible, such as Addons Detector, Airpush Detector, Lookout Ad Network Detector. Notification History could be useful, but see this caveat about at least the free version.

Sometimes a new ad network appears, which the ad network detector apps are not yet aware of and so cannot detect. If you find such adverts and none of the above apps can identify the source, you could try the method described in this post.

When you have identified the culprit, it is up to you what you do. You may choose to live with it, though if so I doubt you'll have read this far . People lucky enough to have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean should be able to disable such advertising directly. Otherwise you will need to be rooted to block airpush ads using a blocking app (*), or firewalling if the app does not otherwise require internet access. The commonest solution is to uninstall the offending app.

If you feel that this practice is offensive, you may wish to give feedback to the dev: a one-star review citing push advertising as the reason will both both do this and warn other users.

(*) Previously suggested Airblocker here, but that app has recently added Airpush itself, so would be self-defeating now!

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Hi,
some companies use push notification as a way to get users to open the app more often, by this the apps rates go up in the play store. It is getting quite popular, my app was offered using push ad notifications several times but we refused.

Seems like app users stopped pressing ads in free apps and the developers' income is dropping - causing them to look for new (and awful) methods of advertising..
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I've been using AirPush Detector for quite some time so I can check new apps when I install them. I also use a custom host file (AdAway, which uses the same custom host file that Ive been using on my PC for many years) to block advertisements and unwanted nasties in the browser. My question though is does the custom host file alone stop the ads from appearing in the notification area?

Knock on wood, I've not had any of these ads appear up there, but I have found quite a few apps that used AirPush. Perhaps I caught them quick enough so that they didn't have time to push the ads.

Edit: Would also like to add that I have a concern with AirPush Detector. Shouldn't this app be updated frequently so it can detect new ads? It hasn't been updated since last November.
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This company is a BIG spammer. I have been having problem with them.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=LeTang,+Inc.&hl=en
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There is hope .... that Google Play Store will banish AirPush

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/01/google-play-dev-policy-update/

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Another option to find AirPush might be the app Notification History

I'd not permanently install the app because of its permissions.

But if I'd get AirPush spam, I'd install the app and when it'd have found the AirPush app, I'd uninstall the culprit app and Notification History

Here is a review ...
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And hopefully the AdAway type apps that strip out advertising.

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There is hope .... that Google Play Store will banish AirPush

Google revamps Play Store developer rules, looks to banish intrusive advertising -- Engadget

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It's true what you say Hadron, but i think Google's new policy will end that.
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Sorry for the bump, but what exactly do you think Google means by "impersonating system notifications"? Like is saying something along the lines of "Hey, this app is still here and we're having some sort of event/updated something, why not play it now?" in the notification bar too far? What about the Facebook app, and how it shows up in the notification bar when someone updates their status? I'm just a bit curious, as it doesn't seem very clear to me what Google's standing is here on what counts as abuse, and what is appropriate usage.
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Sorry for the bump, but what exactly do you think Google means by "impersonating system notifications"? Like is saying something along the lines of "Hey, this app is still here and we're having some sort of event/updated something, why not play it now?" in the notification bar too far? What about the Facebook app, and how it shows up in the notification bar when someone updates their status? I'm just a bit curious, as it doesn't seem very clear to me what Google's standing is here on what counts as abuse, and what is appropriate usage.
You can disable the notifications for facebook. These can't be disabled. Big difference.
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Agreed. A facebook status notification seems to me to be analogous to a new message notification.
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I understand people hating on AirPush, but compared to banner advertising services lie Mobclix, the ECPMs are much higher.

I was get 58 c ecpm on Mobclix and I get $4 ecpm on Airpush, developers need to make money somehow.
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I understand people hating on AirPush, but compared to banner advertising services lie Mobclix, the ECPMs are much higher.

I was get 58 c ecpm on Mobclix and I get $4 ecpm on Airpush, developers need to make money somehow.
Perhaps you could make more money by stealing than by working honestly, but that isn't going to make a very effective argument in the minds of those from whom you would be stealing. Stealing would still be wrong.

I'm not going to claim that such methods as Airpush are exactly analogous to stealing, but they are certainly an intrusion that a great many of us find unacceptable.

I accept the concept of apps that are supported by advertising within the app itself. This, I consider legitimate. But when an app pushes advertising that intrudes upon the use of a device outside of the app itself, this is simply not acceptable. Every item I encounter such an app on Google Play, I report it to Google as malware, and about as often as not, apps that I thus report are getting pulled.

Apparently, Google agrees with me on this point, and their newly-revised standards seem to reflect this agreement.
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Or just develop an app that is worth paying for.
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Not sure if this app was mentioned, but its good for recognizing not just am ad-push, but detects the Ad Network responsibke for the unwanted ads. The app tells you where your personal data gets sent ( to their databases unencrypted).

Click HERE: To go to the AF discussion and the link to the app in Google Play!
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Can you tell me the app name? TapaTalk is doing the old "interpret link as some random thread" thing for me today
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Hey Hadron! Thanks for this folder discussion! Yes, its called Lookout Ad Network Detector. If you get a chance go to that AF discussion in the link in my prior post. Theres a breakdown of what this app does. Even provide urls for opting-out of such ads (if you want to keep using the app thats currently pushing ads)

I was shocked that some apps ties your info to a server where they can change your ringtone to an ad! Instead of hearing the basic ring when we call someone, some apps tied to networks can change the ringing we hear to an ad pitch until the person we are calling picks up! An the person we are calling may never know this is going on.
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Hi Rico,

Oooh, that ringtone thing sounds nasty!

The first post has a link to Lookout Ad Network Detector. I'll read the discussion when I have a chance.
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Oooh, that ringtone thing sounds nasty!

The first post has a link to Lookout Ad Network Detector. I'll read the discussion when I have a chance.
Wow, Hadron you are absolutely right! Why didnt I come to this lively discussion sooner. You have done some thorough and goo research with great references! I knew adNetwork had to have been discussed somewhere on AF! Sorry f our duplicatingbthe topic.


You are right! Its a very nasty way to backdoor their ads on our devics and we may never know it...i know, I.never call my own number, and would never realize my ringtone was hijacked voice ads!
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I've followed the link now (no longer on TT). AdMob may collect more than I'd like (well, anything at all is more than I like ) but it isn't a push advertising network.

Where did you find the detail of what the ringtone thing does? Not having such an app, Lookout wouldn't let me read the detailed description. I could imagine an app that would change what you hear as the ringing tone (though I'd much rather not!), but one that changed what other people hear sounds unlikely (and suicidal for a network to collude in something like that).
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There seens to be another advertise company than the AirPush company that is using this ringtone thing.
AirPush, on its web site, offers its customer this kind of push advertising:

What type of ad units are available?
The ad notification action can vary depending on the Campaign Type you choose within the advertiser portal. The current campaign types and associated post-click actions are as follows:

Airpush App: launches the Android Market app preloaded to a market URL you specify.
Mobile Site: launches the mobile browser preloaded to a URL you specify.
Click to Call: launches the phone's dialer preloaded with a phone number you specify.
Click to SMS: launches the phone's SMS composer with a phone number and body you specify.


Source:
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FAQ ... What type of ad units are available?

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I've followed the link now (no longer on TT). AdMob may collect more than I'd like (well, anything at all is more than I like ) but it isn't a push advertising network.

Where did you find the detail of what the ringtone thing does? Not having such an app, Lookout wouldn't let me read the detailed description. I could imagine an app that would change what you hear as the ringing tone (though I'd much rather not!), but one that changed what other people hear sounds unlikely (and suicidal for a network to collude in something like that).
I will have to look back on the location, but I had Lookout report 6apps, when I drilled down to the details by Ad Network , one of them showed the ringtone takeover. The thing to remember too, is the app says these ad servers can push a voice ad over the dialed ringtone any time, not that it will be instantly taking over the ringtone the moment one of the apps are installed. And you are right, its a "yucker".

The link in my msg above goes to an Android Forum discussion andni listed some apps I removed as a result of Ad Network report from the Lookout app
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Where did you find the detail of what the ringtone thing does? Not having such an app, Lookout wouldn't let me read the detailed description. I could imagine an app that would change what you hear as the ringing tone (though I'd much rather not!), but one that changed what other people hear sounds unlikely (and suicidal for a network to collude in something like that).
Hadron: youll have to installl Ad Nwork and run the scan. Then look at the last summary item on the list. Currently my scan shows that I no longer have an app installed that can take over the ringing sound a caller hears when calling me. Where the results = 0 apps, that is a good thing.

Run it on your device and let us know your results. I will do a screenshot later and post it here.
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There seens to be another advertise company than the AirPush company that is using this ringtone thing.
AirPush, on its web site, offers its customer this kind of push advertising:

What type of ad units are available?
The ad notification action can vary depending on the Campaign Type you choose within the advertiser portal. The current campaign types and associated post-click actions are as follows:

Airpush App: launches the Android Market app preloaded to a market URL you specify.
Mobile Site: launches the mobile browser preloaded to a URL you specify.
Click to Call: launches the phone's dialer preloaded with a phone number you specify.
Click to SMS: launches the phone's SMS composer with a phone number and body you specify.


Source:
Airpush - Advertisers
FAQ ... What type of ad units are available?

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I tell yah, this airpush /ad network PLUS piggybacking onto a ringtone is real "hairy situation! Right, Harry!


I mean, if an ad networks gonna hijack and "rape" my Streak (dont worry T.E.D.IV, I wont let it happ'n to you....)..... TED's the name of my device if you guys didnt know....
....now where was I?....oh! Yeah, if these ad mungers gonna molest My t.e.d. At least replace my ringtone with "BARRY" or "LUTHER"...
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This particular device isnt rooted so i had to use another phone to take the pic of the Ad Network sumary screen.. may be a little fuzzy but you see the very last item:

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Push advertising is annoying, I hates apps advertisement through push notification. I have received a number of push messages over my HTC Dezire phone and rated those apps sending messages with single star and not so good reviews.
Advertising products is good but disturbing people while work annoys them.
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I agree, Daniel#27, very annoying. I used to use an app that suppose to scan an app for " viruses" as it is being installed.. too bad it doesnt scan for push ads too, because it would flag itself as an adpush app. A recent update made to this app included the annoyance where an earlier version did not.
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Hey,

Rico and Daniel I extremely agree with you these push adds/notifications make me want to pay on free apps and keep my device "clean" of unwanted notifications.
If you have any ideas how to avoid receiving push notifications please let me know. (NOT DOWNLOADING THE APP ISN'T A GOOD IDEA )
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Rico and Daniel I extremely agree with you these push adds/notifications make me want to pay on free apps and keep my device "clean" of unwanted notifications.
If you have any ideas how to avoid receiving push notifications please let me know. (NOT DOWNLOADING THE APP ISN'T A GOOD IDEA )
And what app with push notifications are you a dev of?

BTW Rico, I saw Chris Kattan (his avatar) do standup last weekend and met him afterwards.
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I am end user and I understand that devs need to earn money, and I appreciate their willingness to keep their apps free, but the fact that my phone is troubled every 5 minutes makes it extremely annoying using this kind of apps.
Don't you agree?
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I'm not buying that you're ONLY an end-user for many reasons but we won't get into that here. I just wish this forum wasn't so pro-dev and required full disclosure because it makes it hard to take lots of members here serious when they clearly have ulterior motives to their 'stance' on topics. I grow weary of devs masquerading is simple end users who think they're cleverly stating their hidden agenda like we're all idiots who don't read through the obviousness of their words. I do agree with your statement that pop-up advertisements are annoying but I would also add that they are completely unacceptable and as such I refuse to support devs who use such obtrusive tactics. It doesn't make me want to give them money it makes me want to find out what development group created that app and never use anything they release again. Your stance that we should just pay those who use such crooked methods is comical at best.
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Oh, and just so we're clear about you being an 'end user' as you claim and your statement was that of an end user w/o any conflict of interest...

Here's a post from you in the 'Revenue' found in the 'Application Developement' subforum:
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There are many ways to generate money out of your apps. The main question is what kind of apps do you want to promote. If your apps are classified into the games category I recommend a paid app or a pay per download model. If your app belongs to the live wallpapers or widgets category you can use a pay per app download model such as startapp's and if you have place in your app you can always use in app ad impressions such as admob or Airpush or push notifications.
I have tested the different CPM'S according to different categories of apps so feel free to ask how to maximize your revenue.
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I think this is an amazing way to promote your apps while keeping them free and not disturbing your end users. Airpush and other similar ad networks can generate a nice income but at the same time create a very bad buzz around the app and around its developer. I suggest leaving the app "clean" without in ad's and using ad networks such as Startapp which offer pay per download.
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I am a young developer, I love surfing and eating Junk (ya I know its not healthy but I love it). I am here to learn and teach others all kinds of stuff related to android apps.
Feel free to ask me anything.

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This doesn't seem like talk of an 'end user' to me as you claim you are in trying to peddle your propaganda on us. When you take the title of profiting from applications you can no longer take the side of 'end user' in a discussion about advertisement abuse by those who stand to make monetary gain from such devices. There are many others in this thread and others on this forum who pull the same tactics so be warned... we don't fall for your BS. We just normally don't take the time to call you out on your obvious conflict of interests in said discussions.
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This doesn't seem like talk of an 'end user' to me as you claim you are in trying to peddle your propaganda on us. When you take the title of profiting from applications you can no longer take the side of 'end user' in a discussion about advertisement abuse by those who stand to make monetary gain from such devices. There are many others in this thread and others on this forum who pull the same tactics so be warned... we don't fall for your BS. We just normally don't take the time to call you out on your obvious conflict of interests in said discussions.
I think you misunderstood me regarding the post I had earlier. I thing we share the same opinion regarding push notifications and ad networks such as airpush. I agree that I am a developer as well, but that has nothing to do with what I wrote that push ads are annoying. I really wrote from an end users view point. If I offended you some how I do apologize but I must tell you I do not have any secret agenda.
Regarding you saying that I have a conflict of interests I completely disagree and I will explain. The fact I am a developer and I do not choose any push notifications ad networks for my apps only demonstrates that what I said was completely true. I choose to monetize my apps in different ways that do not include push notifications and that is because I care about my users.
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I think you misunderstood me regarding the post I had earlier. I thing we share the same opinion regarding push notifications and ad networks such as airpush. I agree that I am a developer as well, but that has nothing to do with what I wrote that push ads are annoying. I really wrote from an end users view point. If I offended you some how I do apologize but I must tell you I do not have any secret agenda.
Regarding you saying that I have a conflict of interests I completely disagree and I will explain. The fact I am a developer and I do not choose any push notifications ad networks for my apps only demonstrates that what I said was completely true. I choose to monetize my apps in different ways that do not include push notifications and that is because I care about my users.
We may share the same opinion on how annoying they are but that's where the similarities end. You also went on to say that push adverts make you want to pay for them to keep your phone clean. How is that not an agenda when you're a dev and stand to gain from others paying for apps with push adverts to keep their phones clean? Saying these things coupled with not revealing that you're a developer even when you're called out on it sure seems like a hidden agenda to me. Stressing that you're an end user when you're called out on it initially doesn't look like someone who is forthright about his position as a developer. I get so sick of posts by obvious developers stating 'Hey, I just found this wonderful new app you should take a look at' in regards to a discussion forum of users trying to discuss a similar app because it's annoying. Trying to seem like you're just one of us to push your apps or your agenda is deceitful and is rampant on this forum. Your initial post and subsequent post claiming you're simply an 'end user' smacks of that regardless of how you later try to justify it.
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And what app with push notifications are you a dev of?

BTW Rico, I saw Chris Kattan (his avatar) do standup last weekend and met him afterwards.
I am very JEALOUS! Kattan has been one of my fav SNL stars! Ive seen him once when we had SNL tickets when he was a regular! Never got to meet him, so you just gotta tell us, is he just as cool and funny in person?

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this Ad Network app has really , really been a helpful tool for keepinge aware of which apps I dont want installed "or" if I HAVE to the app, I like the "opt-out" links it provide for contacting an ad network to have your imei removed from their contacts

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Correct me if this is an unreliable app
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He was an alright dude. He wasn't like uncontrollable funny in person but he wasn't a jerk so that's a bonus.

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A very annoying method of app push advertising I've come across recently, full-screen colour ads that seem to popup randomly. Culprit was a game called Turbo Racer 3D, this came from the Lenovo app store on my phone. It would show full-screen ads in English for other paid games even when it wasn't running. Interesting thing was, the ads would try to load Google Play when touched. But there is no Google Play on my phone, same for most phones in China, so they wouldn't work. I removed the offending game, because it didn't work properly anyway, and now no more ads. I can't find a game called Turbo Racer 3D in Google Play on my PC and nor on my 4.0 Android tablet.

Has anyone else come accross full-screen popup ads coming from ad-supported apps and games? I know about AirPush notification-bar ads, but I don't think it was that.

I was originally thinking this might have been something that only happens in China, however..
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A very annoying method of app push advertising I've come across recently, full-screen colour ads that seem to popup randomly. Culprit was a game called Turbo Racer 3D, this came from the Lenovo app store on my phone. It would show full-screen ads in English for other paid games even when it wasn't running. Interesting thing was, the ads would try to load Google Play when touched. But there is no Google Play on my phone, same for most phones in China, so they wouldn't work. I removed the offending game, because it didn't work properly anyway, and now no more ads. I can't find a game called Turbo Racer 3D in Google Play on my PC and nor on my 4.0 Android tablet.

Has anyone else come accross full-screen popup ads coming from ad-supported apps and games? I know about AirPush notification-bar ads, but I don't think it was that.

I was originally thinking this might have been something that only happens in China, however..
1) The ads were in English.
2) They always linked to Google Play.
Sims FreePlay has full page ads.
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Very annoying and intrusive though, if a game is showing full page ads when you're not even playing it. If you're getting popup ads on a PC, it's usually because it's infected with malware. IMO far more intrusive than the AirPush notification ads, and I would consider this malware.
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Very annoying and intrusive though, if a game is showing full page ads when you're not even playing it. If you're getting popup ads on a PC, it's usually because it's infected with malware. IMO far more intrusive than the AirPush notification ads, and I would consider this malware.
I agree 100%. So far I have been lucky not to experience any ads even while not using an app or playing a game. But I've had the worse experience with Sims Freeplay. The full-page ads "worked" better than the game. Each time you would do anything in the game, it goes into a "pause" state, then loads the full page ads, then you have to "back" out of it just "Wait" even more for the game to reload.

Imagine this on devices where a user has limited data. Eats it right up!
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I agree 100%. So far I have been lucky not to experience any ads even while not using an app or playing a game. But I've had the worse experience with Sims Freeplay. The full-page ads "worked" better than the game. Each time you would do anything in the game, it goes into a "pause" state, then loads the full page ads, then you have to "back" out of it just "Wait" even more for the game to reload.

Imagine this on devices where a user has limited data. Eats it right up!


The ads I was getting were definitely downloading with 3G mobile data, because when I turned off mobile data, no ads appeared. My mobile data is pay as you use. I send a SMS to a special number requesting how much mobile data I wish to buy, and the amount is deducted from my total pre-paid account balance. That's how it works with China Mobile.

LOL Sims Freeplay must be a bad game, if the ads are better than the game. Like when a TV show is so bad, the ads are better. The offending game I referred to earlier didn't work properly, the start screens loaded but when I tried to play it, it froze and had to be force closed.
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The ads I was getting were definitely downloading with 3G mobile data, because when I turned off mobile data, no ads appeared. My mobile data is pay as you use. I send a SMS to a special number requesting how much mobile data I wish to buy, and the amount is deducted from my total pre-paid account balance. That's how it works with China Mobile.

LOL Sims Freeplay must be a bad game, if the ads are better than the game. Like when a TV show is so bad, the ads are better. The offending game I referred to earlier didn't work properly, the start screens loaded but when I tried to play it, it froze and had to be force closed.
I never thought of testing that. Good idea turning off data while playing. I think with Freeplay,the game might not even load without data. Very interesting. And yes, its that bad. Their recent updates seem to break something rather than fix it. The game played for a few seconds then slams an ad in the face before u can get to do anything.
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Good to know i'll keep my eyes open for push scammers.
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Looks like a brand new toy! Will be nice to see some feedback , I will check it out. I like switching out things on my trusty T.E.D. ( " M Y " android has a personality of its own)

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Thanks for the post. I downloaded the addons app and it quickly located two apps that were the source of the dreaded red star notifications. Thanks again!
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