Latest SMS Message Missing? Call Stan Bubrouski

from the seriously? dept

It's no secret that SMS text messages aren't the most reliable. Over the years, we've seen all sorts of estimates on the number of undelivered messages. Some of those are faults with the system, but some of them are simply because the user forgot to put in the recipient. What happens to those messages? Ask Stan Bubrouski. It sounds like a story device from a comic novel (which first had me checking to make sure it wasn't April 1st), but according to eWeek, a college kid named Stan Bubrouski got a Verizon phone in 2001, and (as a joke) signed up to have the username "null" for his text messages -- meaning null@vtext.com supposedly go to his phone. That's a nuisance when messages with no recipient go to null@vtext.com -- and it gets much worse when plenty of big companies send messages to that address, including some who were told that was the proper "test" address for Verizon text messaging. Add to that the growing number of businesses that are using text messages as a way of sending confidential information, such as medical info and SAT test scores, and it seems problematic -- especially given various new laws concerning data leaks.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 4:23am

    Yikes!

    With about 10 cents a pop, that must be costing him a fortune.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 5:20am

    Re: Yikes!

    Unless he's got the unlimited texting option. Then he's paying nil for "null".
    (Best $3.00 he ever spent!!) [or current rate, not a Verizon subscriber myself]

     

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    the unknown, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 5:47am

    give him an award

    Smart-asses like that should be given an award. What a laugh!

     

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    Noah, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 5:50am

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    Imagine what he could do with all that information, He should make a website and post all the SMS messages for all to read!!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 5:56am

    Re: No Subject Given

    That would be sooo great. Who knows, sombody might be having a hard relationship, and we might be able to see a breakup over SMS!!!

     

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    the unknown, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 6:03am

    Re: No Subject Given

    live-SMS show .... ??

    okay now that's a little sad...get a life!
    But I agree, it could be fun, just a little pathetic though, but fun.

    (who am i to call you pathetic? no one. that's right. absolutely no one. so don't go all pissy on me)

     

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    Ryan, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 6:06am

    Re: No Subject Given

    Trust me... You don't want to read all those text messages.

    I run a few text message sites, and some providers don't let you spoof the email (so the replies come to me.. even though it says from: don't reply)..

    They're auto deleted.. but before I can attest that every message is useless. People talk about pointless stuff over text messages.. and pay for it. I don't get it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 6:38am

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    sup dud r u gn 2 jen hos 2nit?

     

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    Chris, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 6:56am

    No Subject Given

    That's like the guy who got a personalized license plate 'notag' and got a ton of overdue parking ticket notices for other cars w/out license plates.

     

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    Beck, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 8:06am

    Null Bye

    We signed up our softball team with the name "Bye", hoping that other teams would think they had a bye when they were scheduled to play us and wouldn't show up.
    We had two goals: Get to the playoffs by forfeit, and start early on the post-game beer drinking.

     

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    emichan, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 8:58am

    Re: Null Bye

    did it work??

     

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    spook, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 9:28am

    No Subject Given

    bye! :b

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 9:54am

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    We always joked about starting a band named 'TBA' so that we'd get billing all over town (plus, it's less obvious that "Ladies' Night" and "Free Beer")

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 10:43am

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    ive got the screename Response@aol.com I get all sorts of stupid emails from people 'responding' to things, you would believe the celebrities that have replied to my email address. Its great. Talk about insider trading ;D

     

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    Beck, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 10:51am

    Re: Null Bye

    Didn't work, they made us change the name.

     

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    derfaust, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 11:10am

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    a better band name would be, "LIVE SEX ACT"....

    imagine that one....., "tonight...one night only...LIVE SEX ACT!!!"

    people would flock to it....lol

    ;P

     

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    Chris D, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 12:47pm

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    Hey, it worked for the Bare Naked Ladies.

     

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    wop, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    that was done in pcu... or something similar

     

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    Josh, Feb 28th, 2006 @ 2:33pm

    Re: Null Bye TBA

    That was "Everyone Gets Laid" in PCU.

     

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