Wireless Carriers Need to Step Up the Spam Battle

An excellent column pointing out that wireless carriers, so far, seem to have their head in the sand about spam. It’s not SMS spam we’re talking about here, but good old regular email spam. As more people start accessing their email from their mobile phones (or other mobile devices) the spam problem becomes evident very quickly. Right now, many anti-spam solutions are client-side solutions that run on a user’s desktop – meaning that it doesn’t do squat for someone checking their messages on their mobile device. There don’t seem to be much in the way of spam filters (or, in some cases, any filters) in mobile email clients. To make matters worse, since users are often paying directly for bandwidth used, they’re going to get fed up with spam very quickly. The carriers need to realize this and respond if they’re going to keep people using their mobiles for email.

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