Spread a rumour, get rich quick!

Not surprisingly, the only profit making entity in the mobile virus drama was the mobile phone companies. Within a span of six hours they generated record revenue.

Now I am not a controversy theorist, but why do I feel like this whole thing was started by one of the mobile phone service providers just to make some extra money?

15 Comments so far

  1. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    Am with Umar on this issue.
    Also the hoax of “send this dua to 5 people or you get bad demon” is part of some GSM providers scam


  2. Farhat Ahsan (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

    Haha Umar, ur comments r exactly wot I thot when I got that sms. Needless to say, I didnt fwd it to anyone (always confirm frm a reliable source first). and continuing on this topic, wot do u ppl think of the lucky draws “win a mobile phone” one gets via smses??? i think its just another version of the hoaxes telecom companies pull on us.


  3. Sufi (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

    They might have earned a lot in those ‘six hours’ but to say that they did and not provide enough evidence of who reported this profit? How is this amount compared to their normal daily incomes?
    According to market sources,the mobile companies generated record revenue.

    I don’t get it what market sources they are talking about.

    Most subscribers switched off their cellphones after hearing about the rumours but most of them sent record messages…
    Well how can ‘most subscribers’ be in two categories at the same time? Dawn needs to show more responsible journalism.


  4. Sajid (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 7:23 pm

    i back umar on this, from start i was 100% sure that mobile companies here can employ such technique and go to extreme to fill their pockets ( thanks to both literate and illiterates. I am glad that i am not one of those who wasted their money on this scheme!


  5. original-faisal (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

    @Umar,

    I think that perhaps you meant to use the
    term “conspiracy theorist” and not
    “controversy theorist”.


  6. faylasuf (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

    I really cant get it, how can ppl believe such things

    dont pick up yr call if you get one from private number, dont pick if its from 0077, dont pick if its from 0044

    I mean come onn !


  7. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

    ever since i started using emails, i have never ever forwarded a chain email… i don’t know but pakistan people just love chain emails , msn messanger and forwarding crappy SMS .. i guess they’ve got too much of spare time to waste…


  8. Faisal Siddiqui (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    Man i had no idea that we had so many stupid people in our country. How could a huge number of people believed it. man we looked like idiots.

    the news made it to pcmag.com
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2114697,00.asp

    Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhgggggggggggghghghhhhhhhhhhh


  9. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 18th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    by the way Get rich quick phenomenon is very much on the rise in pakistan… recently Double shah(guy who doubles your money within 70 days) was arrested by police, he was running a private banking system with almost 3000 satisfied clients..


  10. Faisal (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 12:26 am

    Yeah…but then think of all the people who ended up turning off their cellphones too. Isn’t that money lost?? I don’t think this is part of some GSM-conspiracy, with all due respect. :P


  11. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    How is it that the real stories get missed in this country?

    Past 3 days ive been getting regular messages on my Telenor (Random #’s) saying

    “777: Telenor celebrates its 2nd Birthday. Reply with xxxx to **xx*xnumber* & get 50 rs added to ure account for free* (I dont remember the exact language, just delete em),

    But poor folks who do reply end up looking 50 bucks.

    I received 454rs tonight from a number i have no recognistion of, when i tried calling em back there was no answer :S.

    + i keep hearing that Mobilink has a Super-Sim that one can purchase for 1200rs that sucks the balance outta Mobi Users around you. (Dunno how its done, but ppl swear it works).


  12. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    Red MUnk, I am not sure whether there is some Super SIM or not but yes once my account got emptied when i bought a card of Rs.100 denomination.


  13. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 2:01 am

    Red MUnk, I am not sure whether there is some Super SIM or not but yes once my account got emptied when i bought a card of Rs.100 denomination.


  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    well people trick other users by abusing balance transfer option and as for the supersim , it worked until Mobilink changed its jazz call center from 111 to 123


  15. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on April 19th, 2007 @ 2:07 am

    OK. About this Telenor hoax.

    If you get a message from a random number telling you that in order to get free balance, dial *1*1*923451234567*20#. Well, dont do it as it is the format to share balance on your Telenor network.

    The Mobilink Super Sim was a device not available to any Mobilink users. The sim used to route calls a security loophole towards Mobilink hence causing great damage. The reports are widespread and very sketchy.

    It is always wise enough to contact your Care Centers before taking any promotions for which you have a doubt.



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