Lurch: Question is why are you entering your phone number into a website in the first place? I dont think it's Vodafone or Telecom that are the issue.
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johnr: Its the way you go about it Rubygirl jumping on public forums sounding like a stuck record
littlescott: Paul, so what you're saying (and have said many times before) is that if there is no opt-in text then you are not signed up to the service.
If the cell providers control whether or not the messages make it through (and charged) what happens with the texts that come from the premium service IF there is no corresponding optin reply text? Are they simply discarded at your end and not passed on (and not charged for)?
Perhaps if there was a little insight as to who handles the message flow (cell provider ignores texts for non-opted in numbers or confirmation is passed to the text service and they can then 'go for gold') this topic could finally fade away and die.