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  Revitalizing the Pay-Per-Call System
Subject:   Premium SMS is trouble
Date:   2005-04-20 02:05:17
From:   jwenting
There's trouble with premium services. Some unscrupulous services send messages into the blue which (when responded to) lead to premium charges.


And don't think it's all so rosy even when that doesn't happen. The main services using premium SMS are (indeed) porn offerings. Dating services, naughty pictures over MMS, etc.
Other prime services are such shady dealings as horoscopes, pyramid schemes, and other things that sully the name of the system.
Not to forget the betting systems where you get (at €1.50 or so per message) dozens of messages you have to respond to with some answer and in the end hope to win the grand prize.


So you see, there's little difference between 0900 numbers and premium SMS services. There's tons of smut in both and for the same reason: smut sells.

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  • Premium SMS is trouble
    2005-08-15 07:00:07  kalpana7 [View]

    I disagree that pay per text would be used excessively for "smut." Rather, the most sought after item for sale is information. People pay an incredible amount of money for information. Because the average mobile phone does not offer the resolution required to browse websites for information on the go, people can send questions and recieve text messages at a fee. This can be an extrememly lucrative new way to sell information. Pay-per-text can revolutionize the way people seek information when not locked down at the computer terminal.

    The main problem now is most telecommunication companies have stopped providing billing for pay--per-call services. Instead the service provider must bill customers via the telephone bills. So, here yet is another service, the pay per text billing services! If these companies already exist, it would interesting to learn about them, as pay-per-text will be huge!

  • Premium SMS is trouble
    2005-08-15 06:58:49  kalpana7 [View]

    I disagree that pay per text would be used excessively for "smut." Rather, the most sought after item for sale is information. People pay an incredible amount of money for information. Because the average mobile phone do not offer the resolution required to browse websites for information on the go, people can send questions and recieve text messages at a fee. This can be an extrememly lucrative new way to sell information. Pay-per-text can revolutionize the way people seek information when not locked down at the computer terminal.

    The main problem now is most telecommunication companies have stopped providing billing for pay--per-call services. Instead the service provider must bill customers via the telephone bills. So, here yet is another service, the pay per text billing services! If these companies already exist, it would interesting to learn about them, as pay-per-text will be huge!