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As I was winding down before bed last night, Vogon's phone made an exceptionally irritating noise that is apparently his text message sound, as I found out when I fished his phone out of his coat to make it stop. The message read:

Now all you have to do is enter your Jamster! password [six-digit number] at the website! (Please save your password for further visits at www.jamster.com)
My first reaction was confusion, since I've previously entered our respective cell numbers in our wireless provider's opt-out request form (if you were an AT&T Wireless customer before 15 Nov 2004, you can fill it out at https://www.attwireless.com/privacy/consumer_opt.jhtml). After that, I was just mildly irritated and brought up the Jamster website to read their TOS, where I found:

8. Termination and Cancellation of Services

To cancel your subscription plan, send a text message with the text "STOP" to 35555, or such other number as may be designated on our Website, or go to "My plans" under "My Jamster!" on the Website or send an e-mail to billing@jamster.com. The termination shall become effective at the end of the billing period in which you gave your notice of termination.
I promptly sent a text message to the number and will remind Vogon to keep an eye on his bill in case he's billed with a month's subscription for the time elapsed between the original message's arrival and the cancellation message I sent.

I find it somewhat amusing that he got the message at all, since Jamster's only offerings that apply to his phone are monophonic ringtones and black and white logos.


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Dec. 29th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
That thing spreads like a frickin virus - I got it, too.
I have Cingular, maybe that has something to do with it.
Dec. 29th, 2004 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting to see if my phone gets the same message. I suspect Dad will call or e-mail to tell me to cancel it if any of the other phones on their family plan gets one, although I think my brother and I are the only ones that really use text messaging.
Dec. 29th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
I was mildly tempted to look into jamster for a new background image, but the spammy ToS has convinced me to give them a wide berth.

Any company that refuses to stop doing something that costs you money until the end of a billing cycle is not an honourable endeavour.

Dec. 29th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
They can't legally force me to take a service I didn't ask for. That's called "cramming" and is illegal. If I find that on my bill I'll probably seek legal counsel to pursue a class action law suit.
Dec. 29th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
Then it's a good thing that you're already got an irritated lawyer gnashing his teeth about this!
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