Costing £1.20 to receive friend's texts

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  1. Dancook

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    Friend A has received 9 texts in a month from Friend B, every text has shown up on her bill costing £1.20. These texts are simple that she requires a lift into work.

    As far as I am aware it's a phone to phone text. But I suppose it could be an online service?

    Is anyone able to offer an explanation?

    Friend A has contact their service provider who tell her to speak to Friend B. They don't want to do this just yet, in case it causes an upset.
     
  2. Toasty

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    It can cost to receive texts from abroad, but £1.20 sounds expensive even for that.
     
  3. Dancook

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    Thanks for the suggestion

    but when Friend B requires a lift to work, she does not get there by private jet :rotfl:

    anyone else?
     
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    Is there a picture included in the text? As picture message can be around £1 to send depending on network.
     
  5. Dancook

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    no pictures appear in the text.

    Friend A think's it is just a standard pay as you go mobile the texts are being sent from.
     
  6. Jay

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    What is likely is that friend B is using an online text service, some of them appear with their mobile number, but if you reply directly to the message it then charges you.
     
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    Hi

    Can't think of any reason why the texts are £1.20 however to resolve .....

    If A & B are friends why would it cause any upset if A spoke to B ?

    surely the friends could talk to each other and discuss to resolve - at least they would identify if it is a phone to phone text or another service and establish what is going on

    This may be the quickest / most efficient way to resolve - its good to talk:devil:


    just my 2p's worth !
     
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    It must be easier to communicate through intermediary C knowing that he may be able to get the answer by posting on forums D and E :rotfl:
     
  9. Dancook

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    Well I agree they should talk, with the idea it could be due to an online service.

    I think it's a case of Friend A is sensitive to other people's feeling and wouldn't hurt a fly, yet when it comes to working out who's responsible for the cost of these texts it could get a bit funny, since Friend B is strapped for cash at the best of times..
     
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    I don't see how anyone could worry about asking incase it would cause offence.

    It would be normal conversation to say to a mate, " Can you believe I've been getting charged x amount every time you text me...."

    Or does friend A ideally want friend B to pay pack friend A back, if friend B is infact to blame for the charges? And is worried about how to go about asking...
     
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    Well the last 9 texts have cost Friend A nearly £11, so keeping quiet could make them strapped for cash, especially if Friend B goes on a texting spree ;)
     
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    You should not be getting charged for recieving text messages unless you sign up to something from your mobile, sounds like some sort of con to me even if it was a text from abroad it would be the sender that would pay for it just the same is if you ring someone who is abroad then you pay what you normally would and the person recieving the call pays the extra charges.
     
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    You can actually get charged for replying to a text that someone sends you from the net (certain sites operate in this way), the person sending the text is responsible for telling the other person....stupid but the way it is...

    Maybe friend B doesn't like friend A :devil:
     
  14. Dancook

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    It was some service thing, not sure if it's associated with O2. But friend B suggest friend A should ring them instead and don't text back.

    I'm worried that Friend A gets themself into positions where they let other people abuse their kindness.
     
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    Well friend A doesn't need friend B she needs someone like friend C and D....
    Friend B likes to take advantage, and Friend B and all the other alphabet friends will only push friend A as far as she lets them....
     
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    Tell friend B to walk to work, problem solved :thumbsup:
     
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    :rotfl: and you can actually tell her using only 2 words...;)
     
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    I thought reverse SMS charging was only possible if Friend A had signed up to receive them. Perhaps Friend B has managed to sign Friend A up to some kind of message relay system, and gets cashback every time she asks for a lift! A double-whammy of freeloading. I like it.
     
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    Thanks:D

    Made me laugh out loud in the office

     
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    Did friend A get charged for recieving the texts or for replying to them?
     
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    I'd suggest to friend A that she change friends from friend B - she should stick to vowels as those consonant friends can be really inconsiderate and selfish at times....as she has found out at at her own expense.

    Maybe make friends with "I", "O" and "U" - as at least collectively she has some comeback to getting her monies back should the same situation arise again :thumbsup:
     
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    I think it must have been replying to them.
     
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    There are parts of the south coast (since you haven’t said where these people are) where you can’t receive British mobile signals (due to high cliffs etc), but you can receive French mobile signals. Even though you’re in this country, your mobile thinks it’s abroad.

    :)
     
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