Lucky for you if you are in North America, because in the works is a new service aimed at eventually getting rid of those annoying text spams and unsolicited commercial advertisements – not to mention unwanted political campaign stuff.
CNN Tuesday reports that most wireless carriers in the USA and Canada are deploying a centralized spam-reporting system under the aegis of a global association of wireless carriers. The GSMA global wireless carriers association employs the new service initially to receive common spam complaints from its member carriers, with the information forwarded to a common database. From the data, a system of active response by carriers comes into play to stop the practice.
This concerted action is set to make identification of spammers easier, facilitating the creation of strategies for action to take against unsolicited text message senders.
In particular, the new spam-reporting service aims to generate a continuous data feed of spammer reports useful to wireless carriers in putting into place dedicated security measures for customers.
With the new service in place, once a spam text message arrives, it asks a customer to forward the unsolicited message to a service short code. The carrier then responds and asks the customer to enter the phone number of the spammer. Action directs to the sender to deter further unwanted messages.