T-Mobile Claims Right to Censor Text Messages

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  1. TwinRetro
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    T-Mobile told a federal judge Wednesday it may pick and choose which text messages to deliver on its network in a case weighing whether wireless carriers have the same "must carry" obligations as wire-line telephone providers.

    The Bellevue, Washington-based wireless service is being sued by a texting service claiming T-Mobile stopped servicing its "short code" clients after it signed up a California medical marijuana dispensary. In a court filing, T-Mobile said it had the right to pre-approve EZ Texting's clientele, which it said the New York-based texting service failed to submit for approval.

    EZ Texting offers a short code service, which works like this: A church could send its schedule to a cell phone user who texted "CHURCH" to 313131. Mobile phone users only receive text messages from EZ Texting's customers upon request. Each of its clients gets their own special word.

    T-Mobile, the company wrote in a filing (.pdf) in New York federal court, "has discretion to require pre-approval for any short-code marketing campaigns run on its network, and to enforce its guidelines by terminating programs for which a content provider failed to obtain the necessary approval."

    Such approval is necessary, T-Mobile added, "to protect the carrier and its customers from potentially illegal, fraudulent, or offensive marketing campaigns conducted on its network."

    It's the first federal case testing whether wireless providers may block text messages they don't like.

    The legal flap comes as the Federal Communications Commission has been dragging its feet over clarifying the rules for wireless carriers. The FCC was asked in 2007 to announce clear rules whether wireless carriers, unlike their wireline brethren, may ban legal content they do not support. The so-called "network neutrality" issue made huge headlines last month, when Google, along with Verizon, urged Congress not to bind wireless carriers to the same rules as wireline carriers.

    EZ Texting claims it will go out of business if a judge does not promptly order T-Mobile to transmit its texts. T-Mobile accounts for 15 percent of the nation's wireless subscribers.

    A similar text-messaging flap occurred in 2007, but ended without litigation, when Verizon reversed itself and allowed an abortion-rights group to send text messages to its supporters.[/p]

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  2. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

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    lol good luck with that, people should be able to type whatever they please.
     
  3. NDStemp

    NDStemp GBAtemp?! No! NDStemp

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    Wtf...so first they read it, then they choose whether or not to deliver it?
     
  4. Canonbeat234

    Canonbeat234 Redeemed Temper

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    You know what T-mobile you already gave me hell to pay a fucking bill that could of have been paid if you could of just let get my pay at that end of the week. That's why I removed myself from EasyPay. T-mobile is also making me pay for something that they didn't explained to me. Now it wants to control my txting?! Heaven forbid, this decision can cause a backlash on them. [​IMG]
     
  5. gameguy95

    gameguy95 Needs More Furries!

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    this is illegal and violates our rights to freedom of speech
     
  6. Dangy

    Dangy GBAtemp Maniac

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    Lol, yeah right.

    T(roll)-Mobile.
     
  7. Gore

    Gore GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    can someone explain this to me in easier words?
    I have tmobile but I can't read this right now
     
  8. jesterscourt

    jesterscourt Not Brad.

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    Basically, the short code providers want the cellular network to work as a "dumb pipe" If a user signs up for alerts on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, AA Meetings, Lavalife, or Ringtones (in so far as it is not illegal) it should come through. T-Mobile argues it's their right to "object" to material transmitted on their network, even on just moral grounds.

    Let me know if that helps.
     
  9. PettingZoo

    PettingZoo yesss

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    That sounds pretty inconvenient, how could that benefit people at all?
     
  10. dinofan01

    dinofan01 Misses the old days...

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    try as they might this will never go through.
     
  11. Magmorph

    Magmorph GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    Damn you T-Mobile. If I want to send and receive horrible, explicit, immoral messages that is my choice, not yours.
     
  12. TwinRetro
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    TwinRetro Don't start nothin', Won't be nothin'

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    Don't know if this is a joke post or not, but either way, truer words were never spoken.
     
  13. JinTrigger

    JinTrigger Asentrix Studios

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    T-Mobile is becoming garbage...I wish they would not send a text of mine.....Isn't that a violation of my privacy to even read it.
     
  14. Snorlax

    Snorlax POSTMODERNISM

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    :/
    Why are companies always trying to push the envelope?
     
  15. Finishoff

    Finishoff GBAtemp Fan

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    I see what you did thar.... :3



    Sucks that I'm actually using T-mobile.
     
  16. Dangy

    Dangy GBAtemp Maniac

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    LOL@Taking Gore seriously.
     
  17. craplame

    craplame GBAtemp Regular

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    Are you serious? I have T-Mobile. Ugh, I don't want them reading my texts. This just makes me hate my service so much more.
     
  18. Gore

    Gore GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    why wouldn't you?
    I do have T-Mobile and I was really fucked up when I wrote that so I wanted it to be explained to me
     
  19. saxamo

    saxamo Spaaaaace!

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    They already read your texts. Rod bless the patriot act.