Australian iPhone Ad

Who says web ads can’t get your attention? Here is one I saw on the Channel Ten website.

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When you click on it, you can see it is clearly intended for Australians? It is some SMS trivia game with all costs in $A. Does someone (maybe Ten) know more than we do about the iPhone’s Australian availability?

19 thoughts on “Australian iPhone Ad”

  1. Don’t do what I did and click on it and input the code as you will then be subscribed, see the details below.

    I think I now owe them $2.50, but it could be $12.50 as they send a lot of messages. Hard to figure out, and seems to be a scam.

    What would you do with an iPhone in Australia anyway. Also, as the competition ends in 11 months time, how many entries will there be in order to win one iphone.

    From their website: “*iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple is not a sponsor of, nor a partner in this promotion. If you enter the received pin you will join the Wixawin subscription service. Stop service? Text ‘stop’ to 19993500 | Subscription: 8 msg per month, $2.50/msg each way and $2.50 joining fee. Competition ends 31-12-’08 | Age: 14+ only – ask bill payer’s permission | Helpdesk: 1300 552 606| This service operates according to the Australian code of conduct for SMS services. By sending a sms to 193500 or by entering the pin code received from 193500 in a web-ad, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the ‘Terms & Conditions’ and agree to be bound by these ‘Terms & Conditions’.”

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  2. My 13 year old son apparently replied to their add in a text message and was $50 in December. He kept replying to their return texts, not realising each one was adding $2.50 to the bill.

    There was another $20 between 28 Dec and 21 January, so I’m glad I caught it when I did. This company is as dodgy as they come. Conning $2.50 out of people for each cent text they send.

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  3. Yep, had the same problem. Still don’t know how much this rubbish will cost me as can’t retrieve my e-bill with service provider at the moment. Watch out for Facebook also, you’re asked to do a quiz, then subscribe to a phone number in order receive your score. Cost is about $6.60 a message. Sent a reply STOP msg to them also. Rip offs.

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  4. Same to me! It’s definitely a scam! By sending “STOP” to 193 500, they will reply “Free msg: You are now unsubscribed from all services”. Still another $2.50 will be added to the bill. Just imagine how much they can CON in 11 months times over a stupid iphone!

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  5. I went to college in Australia, and I can totally see a great use for the IPhone there.

    While going to school in Australia, I saw a heap of those ads on the TV asking you to text. You gotta watch out for those. In the US, there are pretty heave restrictions.

    To get out of the charges, all you should do is call your wireless provider (or maybe visit in person) and they will take the charges off your bill.

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  6. Had the same problem, Telstra tried to tell me that i must have given my mobile number out to some competition and it was my fault. I explained that it was unsolicited SMS and knew that these companies have a auto-dialler that just sends squillions of SMS just like spam. He backtracked and went from ‘we are only the middle man’ to totally refunding my whole $30 that had been clocked up.

    Needs a few of us to stand up against this practice.

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  7. i had this problem and have finally unsubscribed after months and months of not knowing how to!
    i’ve also reported the company, 193500dotcom to the Australian Communications Media Authority complaints service.

    I suggest everyone else do the same!

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  8. Hi – thanks for these comments. I have been trying to stop these guys sending me texts for some time.

    Have also reported them to ACMA.

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  9. Tell me about it. I got one of those. I think there should be regulation against receiving msges. This is why mobile advertising is so cautioned. People have no faith cause there are other who scam of it.

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  10. hi guys, can someone tell me how to stop this messages please? is is just STOP to 19 35 00 ? my bill keeps growing and i dont even know who they r ! thanks

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  11. You can also sms STOP to 19993500

    But not sure if you will get charged. I did it through the website I mentioned above and received the free unsubscribe SMS.

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  12. But what are the service providers doing about this sort of crap? It is dishonest and manipulative – how about we publish the names and addresses of the directors/owners of this scam?

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  13. Yes .. my young child subscribed, and I am in the process of seeking a refund, which I am very (very) determined I WILL get. What a bunch of grubs – deceptive and predatory advertising at its worst.

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