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No word from Verizon yet on its plan of action (if any)

Text message spam is finally coming to an end --- unless your wireless carrier is Verizon

According to a new report from Phandroid, three major wireless carriers in the U.S. -- AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile -- are getting rid of "premium SMS" services, which are usually just malware and phishing scams via text. 

AT&T and T-Mobile were the first carriers to confirm that they're ending the text message spam, which is costly to wireless customers. Sprint later joined in on the anti-spam bandwagon. 


However, you'll see that Verizon isn't on the list. The company, however, provided the following statement to The Verge:

While we don’t agree with all of the Attorney General’s allegations, we respect his efforts in this area. For years, Verizon has been vigilant in protecting our customers from bad actors. There have been numerous times we have terminated programs and in some cases have taken aggressive legal action in order to ensure our customers were protected. Since premium messaging was first introduced, technology advances and smartphone adoption have dramatically changed the way customers access information. Verizon had previously decided to exit the premium messaging business because of these changes as well as recent allegations that third parties have engaged in improper conduct in providing premium messaging services to our customers. We are in the process of winding down our premium messaging business. Verizon will, however, continue to support text-to-donate for charitable programs and text-to-contribute for political campaigns that use this technology.

Blocking spam messages is a great step for carriers, considering these "premium SMS" services ended up being a pain for many customers. Take a look at DT's very own Jason Mick, for instance. Back in 2011, he wrote about his firsthand experience with Sprint and how he discovered that the carrier automatically opts its customers in for premium rate text messages -- unless they opt out. 

Source: Phandroid





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