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Wrong number text messages

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by jacy@hotmail.com, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. Lately I've been getting text messages from people I don't know. Not
    selling anything, just boring stuff like, "Call me when you get home"
    or "How was the movie". The senders are sometimes from vtext.com but
    often as not they have seemingly valid phone numbers, but with faraway
    area codes. I've tried responding to some of these people that they
    have the wrong person/number and they either ignore me entirely or
    reply with a WTF? type of comment.

    The problem seems to be getting worse, as I used to get wrong messages
    perhaps once a week. Now it's as many as 4 or 5 a day. The other day
    one message repeated itself about 5 times, marked as 'Duplicate
    Message' by VZW. I thought perhaps there might be some sort of tech
    problem so I called Verizon. Waste of time, that was. Said my only
    option is to block text messages entirely. I don't have a text plan
    and don't need one but neither do I want to totally turn off texting
    because once or twice a month it comes in quite handy.

    Anybody have any thoughts on this? Should I push for more tech support
    or is this happening to lots of people?

    Thanks,
    Jacy



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  2. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    jacy@hotmail.com wrote:
    > Lately I've been getting text messages from people I don't know. Not
    > selling anything, just boring stuff like, "Call me when you get home"
    > or "How was the movie". The senders are sometimes from vtext.com but
    > often as not they have seemingly valid phone numbers, but with faraway
    > area codes. I've tried responding to some of these people that they
    > have the wrong person/number and they either ignore me entirely or
    > reply with a WTF? type of comment.
    >
    > The problem seems to be getting worse, as I used to get wrong messages
    > perhaps once a week. Now it's as many as 4 or 5 a day. The other day
    > one message repeated itself about 5 times, marked as 'Duplicate
    > Message' by VZW. I thought perhaps there might be some sort of tech
    > problem so I called Verizon. Waste of time, that was. Said my only
    > option is to block text messages entirely. I don't have a text plan
    > and don't need one but neither do I want to totally turn off texting
    > because once or twice a month it comes in quite handy.
    >
    > Anybody have any thoughts on this? Should I push for more tech support
    > or is this happening to lots of people?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jacy


    If you don't want to turn off text messaging, Get a messaging plan, or you
    will get charged for every one of those text messages you get in error..
    Think it's 10 cents each... Course from your post that's only 40 or 50 cents
    a day, so since you don't want to turn off texting, you must want to pay the
    money... why not minimize it, and get a message pack?
  3. tscottme

    tscottme Guest

    What about turning off text messaging temporarily? Surely, if these people
    are texting you because they are mis-typing the phone number of someone they
    intended, and they get no reply for a month, they will get the correct
    destination phone number from their friend.

    I haven't seen anyone asking this question get a reply indicating that Vzw
    can selectively turn off messages from designated senders. The replies I've
    seen seem to be a) turn off texting, b) change your phone number, or c) buy
    a text plan so each message doesn't cost you.

    You might also browse howardforums.com for a solution. That's a much bigger
    forum.

    --

    Scott
    <jacy@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:d0917396jt65nv0go69ipq8c6d4rodiujq@4ax.com...
    > Lately I've been getting text messages from people I don't know. Not
    > selling anything, just boring stuff like, "Call me when you get home"
    > or "How was the movie". The senders are sometimes from vtext.com but
    > often as not they have seemingly valid phone numbers, but with faraway
    > area codes. I've tried responding to some of these people that they
    > have the wrong person/number and they either ignore me entirely or
    > reply with a WTF? type of comment.
    >
    > The problem seems to be getting worse, as I used to get wrong messages
    > perhaps once a week. Now it's as many as 4 or 5 a day. The other day
    > one message repeated itself about 5 times, marked as 'Duplicate
    > Message' by VZW. I thought perhaps there might be some sort of tech
    > problem so I called Verizon. Waste of time, that was. Said my only
    > option is to block text messages entirely. I don't have a text plan
    > and don't need one but neither do I want to totally turn off texting
    > because once or twice a month it comes in quite handy.
    >
    > Anybody have any thoughts on this? Should I push for more tech support
    > or is this happening to lots of people?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jacy
  4. I believe that at vtext.com, you can build a white list of numbers/
    email addresses and block text messages from all that don't appear on
    that list.
  5. bdog

    bdog Guest

    "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOSPAM@AkamailNOSPAM.com> wrote in
    news:v_OdnYkCDP7STu3bnZ2dnUVZ_syunZ2d@comcast.com:

    > jacy@hotmail.com wrote:
    >> Lately I've been getting text messages from people I don't know. Not
    >> selling anything, just boring stuff like, "Call me when you get home"
    >> or "How was the movie". The senders are sometimes from vtext.com but
    >> often as not they have seemingly valid phone numbers, but with
    >> faraway area codes. I've tried responding to some of these people
    >> that they have the wrong person/number and they either ignore me
    >> entirely or reply with a WTF? type of comment.
    >>
    >> The problem seems to be getting worse, as I used to get wrong
    >> messages perhaps once a week. Now it's as many as 4 or 5 a day. The
    >> other day one message repeated itself about 5 times, marked as
    >> 'Duplicate Message' by VZW. I thought perhaps there might be some
    >> sort of tech problem so I called Verizon. Waste of time, that was.
    >> Said my only option is to block text messages entirely. I don't have
    >> a text plan and don't need one but neither do I want to totally turn
    >> off texting because once or twice a month it comes in quite handy.
    >>
    >> Anybody have any thoughts on this? Should I push for more tech
    >> support or is this happening to lots of people?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Jacy

    >
    > If you don't want to turn off text messaging, Get a messaging plan, or
    > you will get charged for every one of those text messages you get in
    > error.. Think it's 10 cents each... Course from your post that's only
    > 40 or 50 cents a day, so since you don't want to turn off texting, you
    > must want to pay the money... why not minimize it, and get a message
    > pack?
    >
    >

    Have you returned a text message to tell them they have sent to a wrong
    number?

    bdog
  6. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    bdog wrote:

    >>
    >>

    > Have you returned a text message to tell them they have sent to a
    > wrong number?
    >
    > bdog


    Unfortunately, yes, same ass*oles that spam cell phones with voice calls,
    try and call back, no such number.. reply to email/sms message, no valid
    address.... :(
  7. Thanks for the replies. I will go to vtext.com and set up some options
    there.

    I know I can just get a plan but I'm very resistant to spending $$ per
    month when I would send/receive a total of maybe 10 messages, at most?
    I have repeatedly tried to tell these people they've got the wrong
    number. Some of it is spam (not much) and those I'm well aware go
    nowhere. But as for the friendly, "hey, call me when you get home
    messages"? I reply successfully and say, "hey, you've got the wrong
    number" and they either ignore me or send me a message that says they
    don't know what I'm talking about - they never heard of me.

    It's almost as though there's a system glitch and valid messages are
    getting cc:'d to me. Tthe cynic in me says that this would be a very
    sneaky way to get people to commit to text plans.

    ~Jacy
  8. wantthis

    wantthis Guest

    On Jun 14, 8:20 am, bdog <b...@op.net> wrote:
    > "Peter Pan" <PeterPanNOS...@AkamailNOSPAM.com> wrote innews:v_OdnYkCDP7STu3bnZ2dnUVZ_syunZ2d@comcast.com:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > j...@hotmail.com wrote:
    > >> Lately I've been getting text messages from people I don't know. Not
    > >> selling anything, just boring stuff like, "Call me when you get home"
    > >> or "How was the movie". The senders are sometimes from vtext.com but
    > >> often as not they have seemingly valid phone numbers, but with
    > >> faraway area codes. I've tried responding to some of these people
    > >> that they have the wrong person/number and they either ignore me
    > >> entirely or reply with a WTF? type of comment.

    >
    > >> The problem seems to be getting worse, as I used to get wrong
    > >> messages perhaps once a week. Now it's as many as 4 or 5 a day. The
    > >> other day one message repeated itself about 5 times, marked as
    > >> 'Duplicate Message' by VZW. I thought perhaps there might be some
    > >> sort of tech problem so I called Verizon. Waste of time, that was.
    > >> Said my only option is to block text messages entirely. I don't have
    > >> a text plan and don't need one but neither do I want to totally turn
    > >> off texting because once or twice a month it comes in quite handy.

    >
    > >> Anybody have any thoughts on this? Should I push for more tech
    > >> support or is this happening to lots of people?

    >
    > >> Thanks,
    > >> Jacy

    >
    > > If you don't want to turn off text messaging, Get a messaging plan, or
    > > you will get charged for every one of those text messages you get in
    > > error.. Think it's 10 cents each... Course from your post that's only
    > > 40 or 50 cents a day, so since you don't want to turn off texting, you
    > > must want to pay the money... why not minimize it, and get a message
    > > pack?

    >
    > Have you returned a text message to tell them they have sent to a wrong
    > number?
    >
    > bdog- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    I have always called AND BITCHED OUT THE PEOPLE. Never have they
    textED me in error again. LOL
  9. rocxspam

    rocxspam Guest

    jacy@hotmail.com wrote:
    > Thanks for the replies. I will go to vtext.com and set up some options
    > there.
    >
    > I know I can just get a plan but I'm very resistant to spending $$ per
    > month when I would send/receive a total of maybe 10 messages, at most?
    > I have repeatedly tried to tell these people they've got the wrong
    > number. Some of it is spam (not much) and those I'm well aware go
    > nowhere. But as for the friendly, "hey, call me when you get home
    > messages"? I reply successfully and say, "hey, you've got the wrong
    > number" and they either ignore me or send me a message that says they
    > don't know what I'm talking about - they never heard of me.
    >
    > It's almost as though there's a system glitch and valid messages are
    > getting cc:'d to me. Tthe cynic in me says that this would be a very
    > sneaky way to get people to commit to text plans.
    >
    > ~Jacy

    I just checked my vtext.com message setup, and there is also the option
    to allow messages only for your <nickname>@vtext.com (thus NOT for your
    phone number). Just make sure your nickname is not an easily guessed
    string - mine got figured out at one time, and I started getting a lot
    of spam in the wee hours of the morning (retards were sending messages
    too big to fit within the SMS limits, so obviously a "name permutation"
    spam blanket attack on vtext.com), so I changed my nickname, and they quit.

    HTH,
    ROC

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