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Smartphones and keypads

I’ve been in Seattle for almost 2 weeks now and something just dawned on me. I have a pre-paid T-Mobile SIM and I went to configure voicemail. The voicemail dialin number for T-Mobile is published as 1-805-MESSAGE. Right, so how do I figure out the letter-number mappings on my E61i?


There seems to be a widespread use of here in the USA but with the increasing popularity of smartphones with full keyboards, I wonder how companies that use them will adapt.

Perhaps I should have waited for an iPhone after all. It seems like the best of both worlds.


SMS spam that I can’t get out of?

The other day I received this SMS from my carrier ().

Optus SMS Spam

It reads:

To get a free ringtone, call 966 and select 9 after the greeting. Call costs 30c/30secs, download charges apply, expires 30/04/07. Call 1300720084 to un-sub.

So let me get this straight:

  1. The ringtone is not free. I have to pay 60 cents per min on the IVR plus data charges to receive it. No doubt the IVR will keep me on the line as long as possible.
  2. I have to call a premium number to unsubscribe. As far as I am aware there is no free 1300 number in Australia.
  3. I never opted in to receive any offers from Optus.

This is the worst kind of spam in my mind. I have to pay to opt out of something I never opted in to begin with. Does Optus think that because I’m a subscriber I have implicitly opted in? If I opt out will I never get these again?