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THOUGHT: Is Spam the carriers "best friend"?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 20.02.05 - 14:57:02 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 8326x
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As always - if you connect your E-Mail server, doesn't matter if wired from your PC or wireless from your mobile device - you get tons of spam and same happened this year in Cannes for sure. However - as I've written many times before - it bothers me more if I download spam through a GPRS connection then downloading it through my DSL flat-fee (where it only bothers me in terms of time it takes to get it deleted) and it bothers me even more if I'm in International Roaming! :twisted:

Nevertheless, this time in Cannes I got the thought that <sarcasm> spam might be carrier's best friend </sarcasm>?

I've calculated it a bit and "enlarging my 'you know what I mean', making my girlfriend even more happy or getting software even cheaper than in the Microsoft store" cost me around 10,00 Euro for the three days I was in Cannes. No wonder - my PPCW.Net E-Mail address is public and my business address is semi-public. And if I check my carrier's homepage for GPRS roaming fees, both - the International Roaming carrier and my home network made a good deal with the spam. Even worse - I have an E-Mail address with my home network as well (as most of the carriers offer now) and also there I get tons of spam mails where I think they are either not filtering proper or they don't filter at all. :-(

So how to get rid of spam on your mobile device? A spam client (like Outlook 2003 - which is working pretty got on PCs to put spam into the trash) on your mobile device doesn't helps at all because in this case you've already downloaded and paid the spam. I'm claiming a server based spam filters from a) my hosting providers which hosts my E-Mail accounts and b) carriers who are offering E-Mail services and sometimes notifies you via SMS if a new E-Mail has arrived (an SMS you have to pay for so they double the revenue).

Is it that hard to protect customers better? And hey, I'm not talking about free E-Mail services like Hotmail or Gmail, I'm talking about E-Mail services I'm paying for monthly!

But back to the initial question: "is spam the carriers best friend"? I think so - yes and so far I haven't seen real initiatives from GSM carriers around the world to join anti-spam initiatives. :-( Time to wake-up and to join the AOL's and Microsoft's who try harder (now) to make the E-Mail world a better world.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by esackbauer on 21.02.05 - 09:48:33

In c't (german computer magazine) they say that there has been a lawsuitin Germany: A provider was held responsible for suppressing emails (even spam!). So your wish that providers filter your mail might never come true.
In the meantime I use my own IMAP/SMTP Server at home with spamfilter. Luckily I have flatrate and a static IP address.

Greetings, Mundl

Posted by insomnia on 22.02.05 - 01:51:17

There is a isp that filter spam! virgin.net l've been with them nearly a year and never REPEAT never had any form of spam!  you can only find them online but recommend them highly http://www.virgin.net  +++ it's pay as you go board band! both limited and unlimited accounts are  available and even dail-up for you cavemen out there!
maybe a pay as you go dail up account just for the spam free e-mail!?

Posted by Frank on 22.02.05 - 08:06:46

[1] But wasn't there also a lawcase in Germany where a provider had to pay a company that almost went broke on spam mail?

I'd say what we need are international guidelines and rules along with technical solution. While in the US everyone can register to avoid spam and spam senders are facing serious fines, I still end up getting all sorts of crap from the US just because I happen to live in Australia  :cry: Email or mobile phone? That's just the different way to annoy people with stuff nobody wants in the first place...

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