Have you received text messages from 25870 – a “premium” text message service known as GagaCell? If so, you may be wondering what this service is all about and why they are texting you.
GagaCell is your standard “premium” text messaging service that charges $9.99 a month for random facts sent to your mobile. The website, found at gagacell.com was created in April of 2011, and claims that you’ll get celebrity gossip for a charge of 3 messages a week for $9.99 a month. It appears that this service used to send out random facts (then called GagaCell IQ Fun Facts), but now focuses on celebrity gossip. The website states:
Rumors and news TXT alerts that keep you informed as it happens.
These “premium” text messaging services seem to exist for the sole reason charging a subscription for things you can get online for free. Most of these types of services rely on customers not realizing that they’ve even signed up. Some customers find that they’ve been subscribed for months before realizing there was a charge. Modern phone bills are so lengthy that most people don’t bother looking at them closely.
If you wish to contact GagaCell, they list a toll-free number of 8888906150, and an email contact of email@example.com. Their terms list an address of:
MOBILE MEDIA PRODUCTS LLC
155 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02210
It’s unclear how responsive these contact methods are.
Personally, this author finds these types of services to be a waste of money at best. It’s hard to fathom that a text messaging service would be any faster, accurate, or more detailed with “what’s going on in Hollywood” than Twitter or even just TMZ – both of which are free.
What You Can Do
The best option is to call your carrier and request that they block all such text subscriptions. This will avoid any rogue charges or accidental subscriptions. I’ve found that most people have never wanted these types of services, so blocking them is rarely an issue. While you have them on the phone, request a refund for any charges GagaCell may have on your bill.
Most of these “premium” SMS services want you to text “STOP” to their short code, but this doesn’t always reverse any charges incurred, and some of the seedier services still don’t cancel you even after you attempt to stop the service.
What is your opinion?
We want your input. Have you used GagaCell – either on purpose or by accident? Tells us about your experience with it, if you found it useful, or if you feel you were subscribed to it without your permission.
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