Did you receive a text from short code 79249 telling you that you are signed up for Event Texter for $9.99 per month? Let’s take a look at Event Texter and what this message is all about.
This service, which is called EventTexter, offers to send you three messages per week, alerting you of the “latest events in your local area” for a cost of $9.99 per month. There are reports of people who insist they neither subscribed to, nor confirmed, such a service. This is often the case with these types cell phone subscription services, which make it far too easy to accidentally subscribe (I once hit a wrong button on my phone and was immediately signed up for a $9.99 a month service!). There is also a complete lack of any discussion or reviews of the EventTexter service, pro or con. If you have used the Event Texter service, please let us know more about it.
The issues at hand are how people are claiming to be subscribed without their permission, and if 12 text messages about events in your area is worth $10. This article (for now) will take a neutral stance on the matter, and hopefully we’ll get some users to comment about their experiences with the service.
Information about Event Texter
A cursory whois lookup tells us that EventTexter.com was created on October 18, 2011. The registration information is:
Savary, Michael email@example.com
717 N. Union Street #73
Wilmington, DE 19805
According to the eventtexter.com, this service is described in the following manner:
Enter your cell number to get the Latest Events in your local area.
3msgs/wk for $9.99/month
The website further states:
They list an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org
By participating in the Service, you will receive regular messages which include content and service information. In order to participate, you must first enter your cell phone number and opt-in with the personal identification number sent to your cell phone. During registration, you are required to give your contact information (such as cell phone and/or email). We only use this information to contact you about the services on our site in which you have expressed interest. We also from time to time use this information in order to identify and present other products and services to you that we believe may interest you. We do not share, sell, rent, or trade your personal information with third parties for promotional purposes unless expressly stated.
Again, if you’ve had any any experience with Event Texter, please leave us a comment below.
By the way, most cell phone carriers have an option which will allow you to block such purchases as these. If you find yourself “accidentally” subscribed to such a service, you may wish to call your carrier, or log onto the website, and investigate purchase blocking.
I have located another, apparently related, “premium” service. This one is known as “Calendar Czar” which can be found at calendarczar.com. It comes from short code 44909. It appears to be the exact same service as Event Texter, as it claims you will get the “latest events in your area” with 3 messages a week for $9.99 a month. The summary on the website is identical, including the 888-672-5617 live operator number. Calendarczar.com was created one day before eventtexter.com.
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