I have an 8ta contract and switched phones (swopped sim) about two days ago. Since then I am receiving scores of unsolicited 'service-like' messages. They are not sms's ... they look like service messages/USSD messages although it is headed as 'SMS Message' in the pop-up window. There are two types, namely:
1. 'ZONE65%55%' (or any permutation thereof) - If you save the message, it shows in the sms-log as coming from #50
2. '4 FEBRUARY IN IN. DIAL 0831230500 (VAS RATES APPLY)' - If you save this message, it shows in the sms-log as coming from #40
I have phoned the 8ta call centre twice, but they have no idea what it can be and suggested I phone the number in the message. I did and it sounds like it might be MTN's Weather Service?
I have not subscribed to anything to my knowledge and these messages are driving me up the wall. They come in randomly throughout the day AND night. I want to check messages that may come in the night, since there may be an emergency in my family, but with these damn messages I end up without any sleep!
I have searched the web and find some references (very few) to MTN Broadcast messages from way back in 2008. Nothing I can use to solve my problem. This is driving me up the wall.
Does anybody what is going on/have any advice?