Greg Cohoon (drmellow) wrote,
Greg Cohoon
drmellow

SMS Spam

Many of you know that I am employed by a wireless telephone service provider. One of the benefits of my employment is that the company gives me a free wireless phone and substantially discounted service. If it weren't for that, I might still not have a mobile phone. Yes, I really enjoy having one, but I never saw it as a necessity. Of course, now that I have one and have gotten used to having one, I'll probably always have one, even when my employer doesn't give me one.

One of the cool things I like about my mobile phone is getting SMS text messages. Except for when I'm carrying the support pager, I don't get many SMS messages. So I thought it was pretty neat to hear my SMS beep go off a little while ago alerting me to a new text message. I wasn't expecting a message, so I was curious to see what it was.

It was SMS Spam. Even worse, it was SMS Spam sent by my employer. I assume it was sent to all employees with a company-issued phone. Most disturbing is that it was composed entirely of that cheesy chat-speak -- not quite l33t, but still annoying. It made me think that a 12-year-old girl was the author:

DON'T 4GET THE ALL-EMP CONF CALL 2MORO 10/28! CK WEB & OTW 4 MORE 411. WILL WE BCNU?

I don't know if they'll BCNM3 or not. I was much more inclined to attend before I got this SMS Spam.

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