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Bid to block cellphone spam messages flops

Shanghai Communications Administration’s attempt to block spam messages is proving to be ineffective as mobile phone users complained that the new ‘one click’ service did not help in blocking messages.

Local citizens complained they still received scam messages. The ‘one click’ service was introduced on Sunday.

The China Mobile’s Shanghai branch said they were unable to block all the messages as they were sent by illegal mobile stations which can’t be immediate tracked down.

The city’s top carrier, however, said it was establishing a citywide station tracking system to trace the illegal stations and clamp down against them.

“I still received more than 10 scam messages every day and most of them can’t be blocked,” said Edda Shang who works in a game studio.

Shang’s effort to send 0000 back to the scam number failed.

The Shanghai Communications Administration and Shanghai Mobile had said cellphone users will be able to delete and block scam messages with 0000 sent back to the scam number. But users said only few of the messages sent from numbers that start with 106 were blocked.

Shanghai Mobile, which had found more than 40 illegal mobile stations sending scam messages, said it needed time to effectively block these stations. It hoped they would be able to track down the stations within an hour or two by next year.



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