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    Watch out for BONGO text service.

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    papa_umau
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    Watch out for BONGO text service.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 10 Mar 2014, 11:27 am

    Phone firm fined over "Bongo" text service aimed at young people

    Parents were landed with mobile phone bills running into hundreds of pounds by service run by Australian company.

    He's a "cheeky, funny, super-intelligent monkey" who claims he can answer any question you can think of, from how to dump your boyfriend to what time is the next bus. But Bongo, a UK text message information service that targets young people, is now in a whole heap of trouble after landing parents with mobile phone bills running into hundreds of pounds.

    PhonepayPlus, Britain's premium rate phone number regulator, has fined the Australian company behind the service 70,000, and ordered it to pay refunds following complaints from parents. One reported that their 11-year-old had run up charges of 200 after firing off a string of questions to Bongo.




    As I see it this is only the latest indication of the number of premium-cost text services that are now targeting the phones of young people.

    Unlike telephone premium lines, which we are mostly aware of, the premium TEXT services code call-numbers do not immediately jump out when we are asked to send texts to them.

    It is about time that a compulsory fixed warning was added to these numbers BEFORE our kids get caught by them.


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    Re: Watch out for BONGO text service.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 13 Mar 2014, 12:54 pm

    That sounds really nasty.

    It is good that this mob have been found out and I hope that the word spreads and the young folk realise that they are being taken for mugs.

    I saw another one on the TV last week:

    It was an advert for texting your name and the name of your current boyfriend or girlfriend to a premium text-line and they would send back an answer by text that would tell them if these names were compatible.

    What a total load of crap.

    Surely it would not take a very smart person to see that this is just nonsense.

    I mean, are the youngsters that gullible ?
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    Re: Watch out for BONGO text service.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 14 Mar 2014, 11:30 am

    Yeah Zath' I have spotted that one too.

    It would be extremely funny if it was not so ridiculous.


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    Re: Watch out for BONGO text service.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 22 Mar 2014, 11:46 am

    I was curious about this so I went online and searched for "Bongo".

    Here is what I found:

    http://www.askbongo.com/uk/?age-verified=8fb6ba7b9e

    How dangerous is that then ?

    I can see lots of young folk being taken in by that cute little monkey.

    Thanks for the warning Papa.

    I will tell my pupils, nieces and nephews about how and why to avoid this nasty site.

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