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# 37267 9-Jul-2009 21:27
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Vodafone, Telecom et al mobile phone IQ Quiz and related scams. If I can get enuf support we can get these b*st*rds to stop. Hook up as a friend if you are also wanting to put a stop to this ripoff. These scams are banned in UK but not in NZ? WTF!!!!

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# 233235 9-Jul-2009 21:36
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Can we have that in english

You clearly have not read the guide lines of posting on Geekzone

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  # 233258 9-Jul-2009 22:26
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Whats the prob? I am a geek. I have a techie related problem. Mobile companies are featured on this site and seem to be topical. This is what is bugging me at the moment and what I would like to discuss. This is where I introduce me and what I'm about. Where's the beef?

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  # 233347 10-Jul-2009 00:41
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A clear explanation in "English" of what you are on about would have helped.

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  # 233377 10-Jul-2009 06:02
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Greetings there, those sorta things have a fine print, have a good read before you hit submit!

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  # 233378 10-Jul-2009 06:21
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I dont see a problem with rubygirl's post? Unless its been edited since it first went up ?

Anyhow, gets my support!

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  # 233388 10-Jul-2009 08:04
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Your beef here should not be with Vodafone, Telecom, 2Degrees Mobile or any other carrier. The phone companies are simply the carriers here, although I'm sure they actively chase those operators that are scamming (thinking back a couple of weeks ago to the scratch and win competition run in Herald on Sunday, that operator has been blocked by both networks as that was a scam.
Don't forget that these scams aren't just limited to SMS services, if you watch TV late enough there are plenty of fly-by-night operators advertising there to call 0900 whatever at $4.99 a minute to find your perfect match etc.
Follow the usual rule of, 'if it looks too good to be true, it probably is', and you should be fine.
If you are really interested in finding out your IQ, answering three questions online and entering your mobile number to find out the answer is probably not a scientific way of going about it.



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  # 233442 10-Jul-2009 09:36
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What's the problem with the English - unless its the small amount of Latin I dropped in - however 'et al' is acceptable in English prose. Or is it the small amount of TXT terms I've used? I'm sure that most of the geeks here would have no problem with that - lol.
What I have noted is that there are a number of people who are quick to leap to the defence of the mobile companies when this practice is discussed. Either they are unaware of the level of complicity in which these companies are involved in ripping off their customers or, more likely, they are stooges for the perpetrators. Another possibility has occurred to me and that is that they feel so clever that they have never been taken in by this that they love to crow about it. Or maybe they have been taken in and this is their way of feeling better about it by putting the boot into others who have the guts to do something. Who knows, not me - I'm certainly no psychologist. Just a geek who feels if I can be so easily scammed then there must be a lot of people out there who are also being ripped off but less able to use online means of doing something about it.

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  # 233452 10-Jul-2009 09:45
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Firstly, welcome :)

rubygirl: Or is it the small amount of TXT terms I've used? I'm sure that most of the geeks here would have no problem with that - lol.


Surprisingly, here, you'll find that TXT speak is rare. The usual response is that on a computer, you have a full size QWERTY (or Dvorak, AZERTY, or whatever your poison is) keyboard, so there's no excuse to not spell properly. :)

rubygirl: What I have noted is that there are a number of people who are quick to leap to the defence of the mobile companies when this practice is discussed...
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there must be a lot of people out there who are also being ripped off but less able to use online means of doing something about it.


While I agree with you, and that I think there should be a level of protection for those mobile network users who are not as savvy to have the understanding that these scams are just that - scams, the resistance you're feeling is probably due to the fact that you're venting in your introduction topic, rather than a separate topic in an appropriate subforum. Or because you're venting in your first post on the forums. :)

(I'm not saying I'm any better - in fact, I did the same thing..)




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  # 233465 10-Jul-2009 09:57
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So, venting is not acceptable? Perhaps I should have termed it debating or discussing the issues relating to the dubious nature of some of the practices of our mobile phone companies. Anyhow, I have taken note and will no longer be using TXT in my missives. I had not noted it was not a common practice here. Apologies. I I will try to wind back the vent to an acceptable level. Perhaps to a 'somewhat annoyed' ...

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  # 233531 10-Jul-2009 10:46
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If you re-read my post, you'll find that I did not say it wasn't acceptable.

I understand that you're passionate about the scamming problem, but ultimately it's something that seems to not really bother a lot of the other forum members - until they get hit by it.




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  # 233538 10-Jul-2009 10:53
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Fair enough - if this is not an issue for people here then they are not going to be reading it are they? This would be applicable to all threads here, correct? So where's the problem? Or do a lot of geeks here prefer that our telecommunication companies be left alone. After all, we do all totally depend on them and a lot of us work for them - I have for much of my geek career. So is there a 'code of honour' thing here on this issue and should I take my 'issues' elsewhere? If so, where would be more appropriate?

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  # 233555 10-Jul-2009 11:10
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Good read

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  # 233558 10-Jul-2009 11:13
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rubygirl: Fair enough - if this is not an issue for people here then they are not going to be reading it are they? This would be applicable to all threads here, correct? So where's the problem? Or do a lot of geeks here prefer that our telecommunication companies be left alone. After all, we do all totally depend on them and a lot of us work for them - I have for much of my geek career. So is there a 'code of honour' thing here on this issue and should I take my 'issues' elsewhere? If so, where would be more appropriate?


No, there isn't a "code of honour". It's just that if someone comes around and in the first twelve hours of posting just uses the forum as a soapbox people get tired really quickly...





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  # 233561 10-Jul-2009 11:17
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rubygirl: Fair enough - if this is not an issue for people here then they are not going to be reading it are they? ..... [snip]


Again, if you re-read my posts, you won't find that I'm saying your venting is not appropriate here (to me, @freitasm may disagree).

I am merely trying to describe why you're not getting the bandwagonning that you're expecting. On the other hand, if you were to step back a little and try to gain some level headed perspective you may gain some more attention.

Off topic for this topic anyway, Again, welcome to GZ :)




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