Android users warned of text-sharing apps that send unlimited text messages
London – Users of Android systems have been reportedly warned of some apps that exploit their smartphone’s ability to send innumerable text messages.
These apps claim to reward phone owners for every text message they relay.
However, security firms have said that these apps can relay huge numbers of texts via a phone and lead to its number being blocked, the BBC reports.
Mobile operators have also said that such apps violate their terms and conditions and could lead to a service being suspended.
According to the report, the text-sharing apps exploit the unlimited texting that many users get with their mobile contract.
Analyst from Adaptive Mobile, Cahal McDaid explained that routing text messages through a phone can be a cheap way to ensure an SMS reaches its destination.
McDaid further said that routing the message via a phone already in the country that someone wants to reach could cut costs even more, but the huge number of texts sent through a particular number could cause problems.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for one of the message-relaying Android apps, Bazuc, said that the company has told participants to ensure that the daily limit of messages they send is not set too high.
Bazuc said that it paid participants 0.001 cents for every message they relayed, the report added.