Another BlackJack Mystery: SMS messages in Europe
I’m often puzzled by aspects of my Windows Mobile device (a Cingular Blackjack / Samsung i607).
One is its occasional glimpses into the future (see here and here). Another is its refusal to expose my location to Google Maps.
One I haven’t ever figured out is the fact that whenever I travel in Europe (usually Switzerland and Germany) I get tons of SMS messages. They seem to be “Cell Broadcast” messages, meaning they aren’t sent directly to me but to everyone – but my phone seems to pick those CB messages out of the stream only while in Europe.
Here’s a screen shot from my last day in Europe on my most recent trip – in 24 hrs I got 230+ sms messages:
Opening up one of the messages, here’s what they look like (it is typical of the others):
What’s going on here?
Looks to me like I’m getting notified every time I go from one tower to another?
Most importantly, can someone show me how to turn these off? I’ve never found a setting which seems to apply – maybe I need to edit the registry?
All I know is that I don’t think I’ll ever buy a Windows Mobile device again.
3G iPhone in 2008? Maybe.
OpenMoko Neo1973? Maybe.
Something running Android that I can hack at? Bring it on.