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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by boyboyds, Jun 17, 2021.

  1. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
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    I receive many spam messages.
    I do not open them, just delete them.
    Because my plan is pay-as-you-go, I am allowed a limited number of messages.
    Does my SMS count go down because I receive (but do not open) spam messages.....?


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  2. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Normally you shouldn't be, unless you're international roaming, when you might be charged for receiving SMS.

    Suggest you check with your carrier.
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  3. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
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    I noticed something has happened to this forum tonight, I got redirected to a different site.
    Just tried to click on https://androidforums.com/
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  4. Madd61

    Madd61 Well-Known Member

    Me too for the last few hours.

    The Home page is weird.
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  5. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    Owner, @Rob is looking into it. It's not a different site, more of a default splash screen for the OS his server is running.
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    In any sensible system receiving SMS shouldn't count, only sending. But I can't guarantee if you are in North America, since they charge to receive calls (though I understand the logic there, since they don't have special numbers for cellphones, whereas charging to receive SMS would be a simple rip-off).
  7. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
    Thread Starter

    My provider Tracfone charges me for spam texts, even if the go directly to my block box.
    Is there any (hopefully free) app that will prevent these texts reaching my phone.
    I want only numbers in my contact list to reach my phone.
    If texts reach my phone but go to my block box - I still get charged.
  8. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    As it's your carrier(Tracfone), who's actually sending(and charging) the spam texts to your phone from their network, I don't think any app on its own can fix it.. The fact you're been charged just for receiving texts, I guess that's a strictly US thing, like you can be charged for receiving incoming calls, including junk calls? Think you definitely need to sort it out with Tracfone customer service.

    FWIW I used to be charged for receiving calls and texts, including spam, if I went to a different city or province, because it was classed by China Mobile as roaming(not international roaming). But since I changed carrier and went to a national(and international) contract, that no longer happens.
  9. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I spoked with their Customer Service and was told that any text coming to my phone is legit.
    The biggest issue with these spam texts come in bulk - 20, 30, 50 at a time.
    In just a few days my entire text reserve is wiped out.
    This forces me to buy their unlimited program......and I do not want it, I rarely use my phone.
  10. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    Are the spam texts coming from the same number, or a small set of numbers?

    Some carriers allow you to block texts from certain numbers at the network level, so they never reach your phone and you wouldn't be charged. Check if Tracfone has this feature.

    I found this for blocking calls, not sure it it works with texts:
  11. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Thank you Kate.
    I am afraid to block these numbers because then I have no clue how many texts I am losing.
    One time I got a text from a single number and it had 80 messages inside.
    These spams started coming 3 months ago - and it is a disaster, I am losing my text reserves very rapidly.
    And it costs me money.
  12. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    If the spam numbers are blocked at the network level then you wont be charged.

    For example, when Sprint was around you could completely block a number from texting you by sending a text to 9999 saying "BLOCK 123456789" and that number could no longer text you. The text wouldn't be hidden or sent to a block box, you would never receive it.

    If Tracfone has something similar it might be worth using.
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  13. boyboyds

    boyboyds Newbie
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    They cannot block anything at the network level.
    But I think I found a simple solution - I will change my number tomorrow.
    This should work, I should have thought of this right away.
    There is some inconvenience in taking this road for obvious reasons - but it is OK.

    Thank you for all your replies, I appreciate them all.

  14. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    Will they not also charge you money to change phone numbers?

    The carriers are complicit in these spam calls and texts.
    That is why it will never stop.

    The idea that people are being charged to receive such tripe is confirmation in the carriers' part in the spam.

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