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  1. Law

    Law Member This Topic's Starter

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    Its really annoying that this app is full of adverts! Anyone know a way to disable them all? :p

    Thanks
     

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  2. KlaymenDK

    KlaymenDK Well-Known Member

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    :confused: It is? Where? What version are you using?
    I'm on v2.9.29 and I haven't ever seen a single ad anywhere in that app!

    1) Be a bad sport and use a custom firewall to block the ad-bearing hosts, or
    2) Be a good sport and uninstall any apps where you feel that the ads outweigh the benefits of having the app. There are plenty of alternatives, both free and paid.

    Sorry, but as evil as ads are, they do provide a benefit to users (it being that otherwise those apps would be paid-only). :cool:
     
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    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    There only in the settings area
     
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    28064212 Well-Known Member

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    "Full of adverts"? What are you, a ChompSMS dev trying to get more customers? There is exactly one ad, it's on the settings menu, and takes up about 1cm of space. It's probably the least intrusive ad I've ever seen, in any medium
     
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    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    Very true. I barely even notice it. just think how many times your in the settings menu. After your set it up, barely.
     
  6. Law

    Law Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok I can see how I made this seem a bit over the top.....Can I remove ads from the settings screen?

    im not a chompSMS dev trying to get more customers, infact I dont sit here waving my geek flag in favour of any application or developer :rolleyes:

    Sorry for the bad wording of my first post
     
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    28064212 Well-Known Member

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    As KlaymenDK posted, you can block them with a firewall app. That will only stop the ad being downloaded, there will still be a white bar there instead of it. There is no way to completely remove it without access to the source code.
    No, instead you make patently false claims against an "application or developer :rolleyes:"
     
  8. BiGMERF

    BiGMERF Well-Known Member

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    its a free app.. Stop complaining
     
  9. Law

    Law Member This Topic's Starter

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    its not a complaint you defensive prick its a question :eek:
     
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    Settle down, tiger(s)!
     
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    messenger13 Well-Known Member

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    If you're rooted, AdFree works nicely.
     
  12. MichaelW

    MichaelW Well-Known Member

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    I'm noticing more and more free apps are including ads now, without and option of a donate version to remove them.

    I would happily pay to remove ads from apps I use, but I'm not too bothered about the one in handcent sim I rarely need to go into the settings.
     
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    Big, you are the reason I joined these forums!
    (hence the referral)

    But you are absolutely right. I configured handcent maybe twice. Once to confirm what type of chat I wanted to use, and then a second to test different colors. Hell, I even like the app so much I clicked on the ad, just to make sure handcent_admin gets my 5 cents!

    Accidental clicks or on purpose clicks, I really like the app, and If I keep it from becomming a paid app for that much longer, I've done my part =]
     
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    i could not get AdFree to work and i have a rooted phone, went to update host files and kept getting error message saying it couldn't!
     
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    I know this is old, but I was searching for a way to PAY for Handcent, just to remove ads. I hate ads with a passion, no matter how little or large they are. I'd rather pay for an app...

    It's like WordsWithFriends, I paid for the adless option. Yes, it was $2.99, but... :)
     
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    I don't mind ads. A similar sized ad at the bottom in bright blue and red flashing and stuff would be just fine. But the sneaky implementation that attempts to appear as a message and is slightly delayed at app launch to make me click it when I mean to click the top message is just complete bullshit. I've contacted the advertiser to let them know they've paid for several clicks from me after being misled and that I'm never buying their game but I will continue to waste their time every time my time is wasted.
     
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    funkylogik share the love peeps ;) VIP Member

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    Trouble with that is that you're encouraging the app dev to keep using those tactics as he gets payed per click.
    I'd just use another app tbh
     
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    The newest update to the app has added full screen ads when you open the app as well as displaying ads disguised as texts. They offer a monthly subscription option to remove the ads.

    That being said, i haven't updated the app and don't plan to do so any time soon.

    Some popular alternatives I've seen suggested are Textra and Chomp SMS.
     
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    How about just switching to another app, after leaving a review on Handcent that you left because you want a paid version with no ads, and rate it one star?
     
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    There we'll just have to agree to disagree ;)

    You do realise that there had been no posts in this thread since 2012 before you replied though?
    Who do you contact for this? Handcent, sure, as they are using that ad mechanism. It's less obvious that the game developer whose app is being advertised will have any idea how Handcent is integrating the ads. Or do you contact the advertising service that Handcent are using?

    In any event, "I will continue to waste their time every time my time is wasted" is just an invitation for them to block your email address, in which case you will only be wasting your own time. Just replace the app with one that doesn't waste your time. The thing that will alter their behaviour is falling income, so as others have said if enough people uninstall and give one star reviews that is the thing that will make them rethink.
     
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