The good folks at Fido charge you for IM messages sent to your phone. Understandable. They want money. Here’s how my recent conversation with customer service went:
Me: Please stop charging me, I have a text messaging package.
Them: Sorry, they’re not regular text messages, and don’t fall under your plan.
Me: They ARE regular text messages. They are messages with text only…pretty much the definition of a “text message isn’t it?.
Them: No, they’re “different“.
Me: (doubtingly)…OK, then make them stop.
Me: Why not?
Them: Because we’d have to block ALL text messages, since we can’t differentiate for blocking
Me: If you can differentiate for billing, you can sure as Hell differentiate for blocking – No?
Me: What kind of idiots are writing your code?
Me: What happens if someone with a vengance sends me 1000 IM’s via ICQ and I get charged $150?
Them: Then you’d have to pay – Of course!
Me: Arrrgh. Tell me at least that SOMEBODY out there is going to hear that this is a problem, and that SOMEBODY might just write the 2 lines of extra code to be able to block these messages.
Them: I’ll try sir, but I don’t know when, or if it might be acted on.
Me: I guess that’s all I can do. Can you let me know soon, if this will be fixed, or whether I have to change carriers?
Them: Thank you for calling Fido, have a nice day!
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So, here’s what I want. Does anyone have code to send SMS via ICQ to an arbitrary phone number? I’m quite sure they’d wake up over at Microcell if a few thousand people all called and complained that they were getting billed for IM text messages that they don’t want.
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