How To Avoid Mobile Phone Rip-Offs
Sick of getting ripped off by Premium SMS services? A few tips on how to avoid falling into the trap…
by Mike Wheeler
So how do you avoid these kinds of rip-offs? Well there are several ways, not least of which the government, via the telcos, will be coming to the party this July. * After hanging up we found that the ads were still running on the television so I taped one, and for the life of me couldn’t read the terms and conditions because the type was too small. Even if the type wasn’t illegible, it would have been impossible to read all of the terms and conditions in the given time because the ad only lasted 30 seconds. Go to page two to see how you can avoid mobile phone rip-offs: It’s Guerrilla Warfare with free music downloads.
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This is so obvious, that it hardly needs saying, but people do it every day and pay dearly for the privilege. Be aware that while a rare few of these Premium SMS provider do in fact offer prizes, they rely on a stream of people replying to the ad and charge huge chunks out of their monthly mobile bill. 2. Don’t Fall For The Prize
Most of these competitions offer great prizes that you think are too good to be true. They are! So even if the bills are piling up, and you’re really hanging out for a change of luck, a Premium SMS comp isn’t going to make things better. 3. Check Terms and Conditions
For all the subtefuge – perceived or real – most of the terms and conditions do outline your responsibilities; ie, if you sign up and get stung for $3 or $4 a pop via a SMS you can’t say “I didn’t know,” because it’s there in black and white. However, some of these comps do have dodgy Terms and Conditions and can be incomplete, so it pays to read them thoroughly if you get stung. 4. Federal Government Comes to the Rescue
Unbelievable as it may sound – the government really is there to help! Well, the Australian Communications and Media Authority is, which is the fed government’s watchdog for such services. From July this year, you can tell your mobile phone carrier to bar any unwanted text messages from Premium Services providers and they have to comply.