Have you ever gotten a text message or even worse an email, on your cell phone that you didn't want or didn't request?
Sure on our computers, we have to hit the junk mail button and call it a day. But on your cell phone you have to pay to recieve either a text, and SMS or an email. That's not right.
The good news is that there is a little known law that can help. The Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has adopted rules that prohibit sending unwanted commercial email messages to wireless devices without prior permission and this ban took effect in March 2005. Click here to read a summary of the law. The law requires senders to check a list of wireless domains prior to sending a commercial email in order to determine whether the rules for sending commercial messages to wireless devices applies to their email. The FCC enforces these rules, and information where to report violations to the FCC can be found on this page.
The above FCC page also contains helpful information on how to avoid receiving these types of messages, such as registering your wireless number with the federal Do Not Call Registry and also contacting your wireless service provider about such messages. Internet service providers and wireless companies have causes of action against large spammers. For example, Verizon Wireless recently obtained an injunction and $200,000 in damages against a company which had sent information about a cruise to the Bahamas to nearly 100,000 Verizon customers.
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