When ‘Push’ Marketing Goes Too Far

Beyond Philosophy

A couple of years ago, our local newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ran a disturbing story about how a mortgage loan company in Phoenix had sent spam advertising messages which appeared on the screens of thousands of wireless phone customers. Not only were the messages not requested, but these customers had to pay to retrieve them. The text messaging address for each mobile phone is derived from the phone number assigned to each customer’s handset and the wireless company’s name.