Telecom and Vodafone have got a good chunk of their profits by scamming their users through devious web sites. The list of SMS customers below show a large percentage of dodgy websites who they are in league with in scamming their client base:
(Telecom: don't seem to want to publish their list of shame but they are similar to Vodafone's)
Pretty much all of the services that cost over $1.00 are scams.
These sites lure users in with scams such as Love Calculator, IQ Quiz, Death Quiz etc., they steal mobile numbers from Facebook and other forwarding sources and hide terms in small print which requires scroll down to find. They say they require a text back from the mobile for sign up but in fact don't need a text back to sign up their victims. As well as Telecom and Vodafone getting profits from unsuspecting Kiwis, foreign rip-off artists are alos extracting millions out of New Zealand with this scam.
Just some of these dodgy sites are:
Some of these have now been shut down but they are just as quickly set up again under new URL's. They are shut down because they are dodgy but Telecom and Vodafone are still happy to do business with them when they re-incarnate themselves.
The 2degrees list of SMS companies that they are signed with can be found here:
These all look legit to me but I would be interested in hearing form anyone who has been ripped off by any of them.