Blocking Spam on Your Cellphone


David Pogue, the New York Times technology columnist, has a very useful blog today on blocking cell phone spam. A few weeks ago, he blogged about his and his wife's Verizon cellphones getting spam text messages, and his apparent helplessness about being able to do anything about it.

After Pogue wrote his blog rant, he heard from an AT&T representative telling him how AT&T helps its cellphone customers from getting spam. He then found out that Verizon also has spam-filtering capabilities as well for its cellphones.

I highly recommend reading Progue's blog entry on this subject. There he lists the information you need to find out how to set up spam filtering for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Thank you, Mr. Pogue.

I plan get a spam filter block myself. I'll be interested to see if it blocks the text spam I get from AT&T itself on my phone.


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