If you’ve ever received cell phone spam, you know how infuriating it can be—especially if you pay by the message. David Pogue of the New York Times recently got hit with a spate of junk text messages on his Verizon plan, and he figured out how to block most of them. If you’re with AT&T or Verizon you can block any messages sent through the Internet, as well as change your text message address to an alias to thwart number-guessing spammers. Sprint will let you block specific addresses. T-Mobile lets you block email messages and set up filters based on specific phrases. Login info below.
- AT&T – mymessages.wireless.att.com
- Verizon – vtext.com
Text Messaging > Preferences > Text Blocking
- Sprint – www.sprint.com
My Online Tools > Communication Tools > Settings & Preferences
- T-Mobile – www.t-mobile.com