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      06-18-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Strange text message

Got this a few minutes ago. What do you all make of it? I couldn't find anything about similar messages on Google, and it seems strange for AT&T to text someone to turn off their phone...
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It's one of those iPhone spyware things don't do it!
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It's one of those iPhone spyware things don't do it!
Figured it might be one. So I should delete it before turning off the phone? Once I do that is it safe?
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Got this a few minutes ago. What do you all make of it? I couldn't find anything about similar messages on Google, and it seems strange for AT&T to text someone to turn off their phone...
its one of those network reset things or if you made a change with your data plan. or it could just be they turned off your phone for lack of payment and they turned it on.
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it's from an att number, so it's probably not spyware
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For future reference how can you determine it's an ATT number?
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For future reference how can you determine it's an ATT number?
I think the 1111. When I was searching for similar cases on Google a lot of people had texts that came from AT&T beginning with 1111.
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I think the 1111. When I was searching for similar cases on Google a lot of people had texts that came from AT&T beginning with 1111.
You might be right. My payment confirmations come from a 1111 number
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You might be right. My payment confirmations come from a 1111 number
yep he's got it, the 1111 'area code' is an att reserved number. Now whether or not that can be mimicked/spoofed is something else entirely, some people say yes, some people say no.
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Do people really try to text you viruses?
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      06-19-2010, 01:33 PM   #12
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Why not call AT&T?
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haha. You're eventually going to power it off and back on, right? lol

It sounds like some kind update was made to either your plan, service, or OS.
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haha. You're eventually going to power it off and back on, right? lol

It sounds like some kind update was made to either your plan, service, or OS.



As far as I know, iPhone OS and baseband updates are never over the air...
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has to be something to do with your plan... though i dont even see why they would need you to reset your phone for that :S
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lol text terrorism. I'm going to send this text out to every one of my friends with an iPhone.
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has to be something to do with your plan... though i dont even see why they would need you to reset your phone for that :S
I didn't update my plan or change anything and I've never been late on a payment. There was a pretty big 3G outage in my region a few days before the message, so I don't know if that had something to do with it. I've turned off/turned on my phone since than and nothing was different.
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Do people really try to text you viruses?
They can, it's really not that popular anymore... a year or 2 ago there was a bunch of that flying around.

It's basically only for the REALLY stupid. Computer viruses are a slightly different beast, downloading a text message virus is just...stupid
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They can, it's really not that popular anymore... a year or 2 ago there was a bunch of that flying around.

It's basically only for the REALLY stupid. Computer viruses are a slightly different beast, downloading a text message virus is just...stupid
Interesting...I've had a smartphone for at least the last 5 years and can't remember being texted any viruses.
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^ Not everyone got one, I did not either. Although I did hear cases of it happening, mostly not in the US as far as I know though.
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^ Not everyone got one, I did not either. Although I did hear cases of it happening, mostly not in the US as far as I know though.
Very few people did, as this was when cell phone numbers weren't given out as much for EVERY contact number... so cell phone numbers were unlisted, and generally 'unfindable'.
It wasn't the text itself, (obviously), it's what was attached with the text.
And you're right Hawkeye, the US was hit the least at the time.
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it's from an att number, so it's probably not spyware
Like an anonymous re-mailer, maybe it's an anonymous re-texter..

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