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Registered: ‎04-09-2014

Re: being charged for premium services on my mobile broadband

Hi,

 

Sorry, I am a bit confused here .... it was my understanding that there currently are no protocols to allow a website to gather or carry information about a handset's IEMI, phone number or owner's contact details merely by accessing a web-page unless you actually put one or all of those details in yourself. If this is incorrect then can someone please direct me to site which explains the technical detail of how this is done ..

 

Thanks

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Re: being charged for premium services on my mobile broadband


@thirteen21 wrote:

Hi,

 

Sorry, I am a bit confused here .... it was my understanding that there currently are no protocols to allow a website to gather or carry information about a handset's IEMI, phone number or owner's contact details merely by accessing a web-page unless you actually put one or all of those details in yourself. If this is incorrect then can someone please direct me to site which explains the technical detail of how this is done ..

 

Thanks


I don't think the IMEI can be harvested but it would seem quite easy to set up a website that will harvest your phone number.

I don't know all the technicalities but this is a useful reference site http://payforitsucks.co.uk/

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Re: being charged for premium services on my mobile broadband

Hi M15,

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

I know that a few years ago (2012?) o2 were in trouble for transmitting a mobile's number in a header - but this was fixed pretty sharpish following objections from their users and now I believe they no longer do this (?)

If they don't do it - then I am pretty sure there is no other way that the information can get over the internet.

 

I am open to persuasion about this but I have searched long and hard on various coding sites to find a way that works but have so far been unsuccessful. Usually, if this sort of trick can be done then there will be a 'friendly'  site that does it - you go on there - it tells you your number ... (like the "your IP is ..." "your location is ..." sites that sprung up when this type of detection became common) but there aren't any.

 

The payforitsucks site is very good and very interesting but does not really address the issue of HOW this happens ... which is not at all clear to me.