Posted in Chat Messengers, Mobile App, Technology, Telco

SMS Sent to 447786205094

I rarely examine my cellular phone’s monthly statement but two days ago was an exception and I found a PhP180+ worth of sms sent to a UK number, 447786205094.

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I had noticed this before but brushed it off as some of those mobile verification text messages some websites like Yahoo!, GMail and Outlook would usually send. The frequency this time as indicated in the statement suddenly got me curious and it prodded me to look into my Messages app but no existing international sms seem to correspond with the dates the charges were made. When I did a Google search, I learned that all these sms sent to 447786205094 pertain to Facetime activation. I never really thought these popups cost that much.

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It finally dawned on me how I incurred those charges. I do recall there was a period when I would often switch from one sim to the second (exactly why I bought a cheaper Android phone few months ago) and every time I insert a new sim, I would see that popup message and would then click OK.

This happens to other international mobile carriers as well and I have read some have asked for refunds. As for my case, I would be more careful to enable and disable Facetime each and every time I take out and replace my sim card.

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Posted in Chat Messengers, Internet, Mobile App, Technology

Viber For Desktop

It still surprises me that some of my friends who have used Viber chat messenger on their mobile phones do not know its Desktop version is already available. I decided to write this article so the news can be spread further. I first learned about it about two months ago from my Facebook news feed, one of my acquaintances posted the link for Viber Desktop. Here is the link, by the way, if you want to download it: www.viber.com/products/windows/

Since I have sworn off owning a smartphone or any other mobile phone back in April, you can imagine how ecstatic I was to try out Viber’s Desktop version. One important thing you need to know before downloading it and installing it to your PC is that after registering for the Desktop version of the chat messenger, you will receive the 4-digit code on your Viber mobile app.

Messages between Desktop and mobile versions are consolidated and are real-time, of course. No need to worry about missing any text or chat message from your friends and contacts if you tick on “Save messages history when exiting a conversation” from your Viber Desktop Settings > Basics.

Another outstanding feature about the Viber mobile app is the option to merge Facebook contacts (whose mobile numbers aren’t yet listed  on your Contacts) who are registered with Viber. You can do this right within your smartphone and the changes will be applied to the installed Desktop version.

Emoticons are available on the Viber’s Desktop version already, though not as many as on its mobile counterpart. Call is enabled on the desktop version as well.

**This post was originally published in RedGage, TheEmpress. 

Posted in Chat Messengers, Mobile App, Technology

My Pet Peeve With Anonymity In Text Messaging

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Yesterday I got a text message in Viber from an unregistered number in my contacts list. I was used to getting Viber notifications from friends who have recently installed the said chat messaging mobile app on their smartphones. It was my first time to receive a Viber text notification involving an anonymous number.

I don’t mind getting text messages from someone whom I may already know but just recently changed numbers as long as they are direct with me. However I have a pet peeve with so-called friends who keep themselves anonymous after I’ve asked them to identify themselves. If you wanted to get to someone through text, it’s your job to make yourself known to the person you just sent a message to. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.

What the hell is up with keeping your friend or someone in suspense about your identity? This kind of vapid behavior is giving me very bad vibes about the sender’s character and integrity. I don’t care if it’s a prank or a joke – it’s downright annoying and time-wasting. Prank or not, it tells me a lot about how you deal with other people and how slow and insipid you are.

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Annoying Viber and WhatsApp Scam Messages

This morning my friend sent out a group message to her friends, which includes me, via Viber. I swear I didn’t have to read the whole message to know it was not truthful and that it was similar to those scam messages which I received from a Malaysian friend on my WhatsApp contacts list in November 2012.

The following is the complete Viber message:

“Message from Joe Balsamic (CEO of Viber) We had an over usage of user names on Viber free calls and texts. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message,we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or viber will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to reactivate your account after it has been deleted,a charge of€25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the viber team” viber is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user ie you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (sent and then delivered)”

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If you compare it to the WhatsApp screenshots above, you’ll notice it was woven from the same template, replete with similar keywords. Although I must admit the Viber scam message version is more polished than its WhatsApp counterpart. No one wants to get a headache reading the full version in text so I thought the screenshots would suffice for a quick browse-through.

If there is any actual person in the world named Jim Balsamic, I pity him. As I have read online, his name has been connected to the CEO reference not only twice, his name has also been name-dropped as CEO for BlackBerry creator, Research In Motion (RIM). The poor guy.

Of course I didn’t forward the scam message to my Viber contacts. Whoever originated the idea of that scam message must have already had his share of laughs.