China to Limit Texting as Anti-Spam Measure

June 12, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

The proposed limit isn’t for censorship purposes mind you; To deal with rampant text spam, the government will put a cap on the number of messages a mobile number can send in a day, reported the state media. The scheme calls for limits of 200 messages per hour and 1,000 messages per weekday.

Courtesy OnlyGizmos

Courtesy OnlyGizmos

Seems SMS spam is really bad in China, with Reuters reporting that “dozens” of unsolicited messages received in a day “is not unusual”. China’s three major service providers, China Telecom, China Mobile Limited and China Unicom have agreed to implement the government SMS limits.

It makes sense to limit the number of text messages sent from a particular number, but given how people have passionately adopted texting as a cheap and easy way to communicate, the proposed caps actually sound too limiting. A better system would involve giving users the ability to quickly filter out messages coming from a certain number.

The government scheme has the additional benefit of lessening the unnecessary network load created by spam texts, but wouldn’t deactivating numbers related to spam complaints work just as well? Why not deactivate a number once at least 100 or so users have complained about it?

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