Warning to SMS Spammers!

A very good step by the PTA. I, for one, am tired of receiving spam messages, especially offering my loans!

Anyone up to translating it for those of us who cant read urdu?

Source: TelecomPK

15 Comments so far

  1. SS (unregistered) on August 30th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    Yes, this is an excellent step towards blocking spam messages. I hope its implementation does not go like all other laws’ implementation in Pakistan. Good post mansoor!


  2. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Good step. Can someone shed some light on how successful PTA has been in blocking snatched cellphones?


  3. stalker (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:40 am

    oh noes :(


  4. mantissa (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    2 days ago I received a spam SMS on my cellphone from Pizza Hutt with the footer ‘brought to you by Telemedia.com.pk’. I remembered seeing the English version of the same ad a couple days back so took the liberty to phone up the PTA directly and lodged a formal complaint and provided the relevant details of the SMS received. The people on the other end were both courteous and helpful and said they would get to the bottom of it. The moral of my story? It’s important that consumers raise their voice when they feel their rights have been encroached – I know in some circles it wouldn’t make much of a difference, but hey at least you tried!


  5. Nisha (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:02 am

    I for one am so glad and thankful that some attantion has been brought to this. I was in khi this Jan and I used to recive random sms which wre explicit and dirty jokes and all, I was amazed at the invasion of privacy and at how taken for granted it was taken by ppl around me. i mean my 13 yr old cousins had cell phones! I hope this law is implemented.


  6. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 5:43 am

    Umm, what carrier’s are you guys using?

    I had this problem a handfull of times with Telenor (sometime back in Feb).

    Complaint to their manager @ the teen-talwar office. He appologised profusely & took down the spamming #’s. Havnt had any problems since :D.

    Warid & these days Ufone are huge culprits imo. I’ve seen Warid subscribers get 10-15 spam messages on average & most of them are usually of some “AMAZING OFFER” from the said telco.

    Btw, anyone remember the IMIE service started by PTCL last Ramadan?? (Note down ure IMIE # & if ure phone got stolen/snatched, u call PTA/15/CPLC or ure mobile operator & they were going to ‘block’ the imie & try to find it).

    Does that still, or rather, EVER work!?


  7. Saad (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:58 am

    Can this be used against those sending msgs against the present rulers?


  8. Äß│Ç│ (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 9:59 am

    And what about those random calls that we get from Banks and other marketing agencies.


  9. mansoor (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    mantissa: well said! sitting in the drawing rooms and talking sofa politics will not help anyone. good that you took a step!


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 12:35 pm

    saad, hahhhah! You do have a point:-)


  11. udass (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

    I don’t think this is good, its disgusting.

    How would u define “un-chahey”, “nafrat-angeiz”, “na-pasandeedah” and specially “ghair-qanoonee” sms.

    What i feel is that they had taken such action to avoid spreading of sms that are targeting government badly.

    Though i agree that spamming should be blocked like in emails and also sms-marketing should be discouraged. There should be a proper procedure for that like your service provider should ask u whether u want to have promotions and other things like that in your sms or not. And their should be a provision to block any particular number on your sim for sending sms or making calls.


  12. Nadir (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    Guys…

    You have completely misunderstood the WARNING message by PTA… The message Clearly Says “Nafrat Angaiz, Na-pasandeeda / Ghair Qanooni.

    This is JUST about the people using their cell phone for random calling and messaging, trying to find girls to talk to… and once they do / don’t they start sending explicit messages to their numbers… Harassing messages and related types effecting INDIVIDUALS and meant for certain individuals only.

    This SPAM thing you guys are talking about does not fit into this category… Do you know that every GSM sends empty packets of 160 characters all the time… In layman terms, its like you buy a bucket and you never fill it up completely….

    The GMS networks invested a lot on setting up their networks… and the network is partially used and the rest is left unused… The other use we have for that %age is the SMS service…

    That’s why we have SMS service.

    – Have a broader perspective on this one… The messages you see like – Reply back with 1 2 or 3” Rs 5 + tax…. These type of campaigns can generate immense amount of revenue to the service providers.. NOT just the cellular companies but also the ones who have their business based on such services… I myself work in such a company, i don’t think this company and its 5 to 6 competitors, existing for more than 3 to 5 years now came into existence just like that…

    There is a LOT that you can do by using this SMS and GPRS type of services.

    http://www.converget.com/about-us.html


  13. mantissa (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    @Nadir:

    Would you not agree that receiving unsolicited spam (be it marketing or otherwise) is not “Na-pasandeeda” ? As a consumer as well as a mobile subscriber, I’m sure as heck not thrilled when I receive such messages and I would hate to have my phone ping every couple of minutes with some marketing spiel that I least care about. To make matters worse, there is no way to unsubscribe from such one-way message dumps (since I’m pretty sure that these marketing companies use various lines/numbers a dime a dozen).

    One preventative measure I’d like to convey to the readership here is to avoid writing your cellphone numbers on any questionnaires (which includes the likes of comment cards such as at restaurants, sign up forms , or competition-esque signups). I’m pretty sure those companies/restaurants/firms end up selling the user data upstream to the big boys in marketing. Don’t let your cell number hit the market in the first place!


  14. Babar Bhatti (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 11:06 am

    Permission based marketing is what we need in Pakistan. No one should receive any type (marketing or otherwise) of calls or messages without their approval. This kind of telemarketing is a universal problem – thats why many countries have ‘do not call’ lists. Its time we have clear rules in Pakistan about how our phone numbers and other private information is used and sold.


  15. Nadir (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    I totally agree with you that these messages are NA-Pasandeeda…. indeed they are… But I’m just considering the warning from PTA.

    I would not agree with you that “don’t let your cell number hit the market”. Basically, there are two things… 1. Spamming and 2. Broadcasting… Whether you give your number to someone or not, you will get BROADCASTED messages. WHY? Because marketing companies are in collaboration with the cellular service providers, every provider (on certain terms and conditions) will broadcast the message to ALL its subscribers…

    For spamming… Most people use the databases of number gathered from various resources. You may be able to get your self out of this scenario. BUT some of the softwares have ‘looping’ which ‘guesses’ numbers in a specific range and then send the message to it…

    So this way or the other you will get these messages…

    —- Its not like i’m in favor of these spammers or anything… Its just that I know what’s going on and I would like you guys to know…

    SOLUTION: There is nothing an end-user could do about it… Your cellular service provider is the ONLY party who could do something about it. As for as my opinion is concerned, I think while registering any user they should also have a check for “Support broadcasting”. The end-user will now be able to restrict such messages…

    — Coming back to my point of the WARNING message… PTA regulates all the activities of Telecommunications in Pakistan. If it were to stop such activities (on a corporate scale) it would have directly passed a law which all the cellular companies has to follow, It wouldn’t bother to print an advertisement in the newspaper costing more than hundreds of thousands.



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