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HTC Desire - How to stop receiving texts from "50" with area phone code

bugs31
4: Newbie
I'm hoping someone can help me please as I can't find an answer on google.

I have had my HTC Desire for a couple of weeks but yesterday started to get text messages from the number 50 telling me the area phone code eg. "0118" if I'm in Reading. I normally get 7 of these texts in a row. I can't see any option to stop them and as I travel around areas quite a bit it's getting very annoying.

Any ideas would be great

Thanks
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Retired-Martin
Moderator (Retired)
Hi bugs31

I have got the HTC Desire too, and have never had one of these messages, I am not sure where these could be coming from.

Have you had these texts since you had the phone?
Have you subscribe to any services?

I have had a look on google too, but can't find anything there.

If anyone has experienced this too please let us know, as this is the first time we have seen this here.

To let you now bugs31, we do work on a first come first served basis, as we are very popular at the moment it is taking longer than normal to reply, there is no need to open a new thread with the same question as that will delay us in getting back to the original question.

Thanks

Martin
eForum Team

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bugs31
4: Newbie
Thanks for your reply. I haven't subscribed to any services. About a week after getting the phone I downloaded sms popup which I really love and it was still working fine. It's only been the last couple of days that this has started. I disabled sms pop up but still get the messages. It's not like a normal text though. I get a message pop up and instead of saying who it is from it says "SMS message" then instead of a text it says "0118" etc. I only have the option to save or close. I normally press close but a couple of them I must have saved because they appear along with my other messages. There is no normal notification of a text being received though (ie. no symbol in the notification area) it just pops up.

Thanks for your help
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bugs31
4: Newbie
Has no-one else experienced this? It now means that I can't always access my messages. When I select messages instead of opening my inbox the screen dims until I press home.

If no-one on the forum can help does anyone know who I can contact for help?

Thanks
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metal
Not applicable

Has no-one else experienced this? It now means that I can't always access my messages. When I select messages instead of opening my inbox the screen dims until I press home.

If no-one on the forum can help does anyone know who I can contact for help?

Thanks


Hi Bugs 31

I had this problem and could not find a way of getting rid of the area code SMS's. Even rang Vodafone technical Dept. who promised to ring back with an answer but never did.
Perseverance prevailed! and found it under :-
Menu.
Settings.
Call.
Uncheck Cell Broadcast.

Should cure it.
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bugs31
4: Newbie

Hi Bugs 31

I had this problem and could not find a way of getting rid of the area code SMS's. Even rang Vodafone technical Dept. who promised to ring back with an answer but never did.
Perseverance prevailed! and found it under :-
Menu.
Settings.
Call.
Uncheck Cell Broadcast.

Should cure it.



Thank you so much for your post! This has been driving me up the wall! I've unchecked that option now so fingers crossed.
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Retired-George
Moderator (Retired)
Hi bugs31,

Has metal's solution resolved your issue? I'd suspect it has, as I remember dealing with a similar query for an old Nokia a couple of years ago that drove me mad until I found the cell broadcast setting.

Let us know if you need any further assistance :).

George
eForum Team

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AdamBarr
Not applicable

Hi bugs31,

Has metal's solution resolved your issue? I'd suspect it has, as I remember dealing with a similar query for an old Nokia a couple of years ago that drove me mad until I found the cell broadcast setting.

Let us know if you need any further assistance .

George
eForum Team


I have been suffereing from exactly the same issue, usually whilst travelling in the car over a distance which involves moving from one STD phone area to others. A typical 100 mile drive down the M6 results in dozens of SMS Messages displaying STD codes. Furthermore since I installed the latest Android software upgrade a few days ago I was also receiving these annoying messages whilst in remaining in my own STD area.

Followed the instructions supplied above so fingers crossed this works
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geko1980
2: Seeker

Hi all,

 

I received the software update a couple of days ago (some nice features, quite liking it :smileyhappy: ), and pretty much straight away, I started receiving these same dial code messages, however, after following Metal's intructions, it has now fully stopped!  So big thanks to Metal

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jcattell
2: Seeker

I also started to receive these text messages following the latest system upgrade. I phoned customer services and they sent me a new sim card. Problems with that left me without a phone for 2 days.

Perhaps somebody should inform customer services

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meajabrcrayola
1: Seeker

I have an HTC legend and the same problem started a couple days ago (and ive had the phone for over a year) the cell broadcast option seemed to fix it though

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andrew68
2: Seeker

hi iv just started having the same happen to my phone , i have htc sensation xe started whe had android ics update

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andrew68
2: Seeker
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keikoebe
4: Newbie
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samliles
2: Seeker

Hi there i have a HTC Sensation and ever since it as recently updated itself.. i keep getting texts with area codes and also my ringtone keeps changing itself back to a basic beep noise, i hate it.. Any suggestions you find please let me no and vice versa.

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Retired-Wayne
Moderator (Retired)

Hi samliles and welcome to the eForum

 

Thanks for your post here.

 

To disable cell broadcast messages go to;

 

Messages

Menu

Settings

CB activation (OFF)

 

With regards to your ringtone, this will happen when you turn the device off. When the handset starts up, the operating system searches for the ringtone location before the memory card is ready. It subsequently cannot find the ringtone, so it defaults to a basic one on the phone.

 

Is there anyway you can move the ringtone file that you wish to use over to the phone memory? This would potentially stop the problem.

 

Please let me know how you get on and if you have any more questions, we’ll be happy to help you further.

 

Thanks

 

Wayne

 

If you have a spare minute could you please take the time to fill out a short feedback form about me?

You can do so here

 

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WelshLewi91
1: Seeker

Hey Guys the exact same thing happened to me when i updated my HTC Sensation XE to ICS and its been driving me up the wall but thanks to metals advice it seems to have stopped sooo thank you metal you ###### Legend

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g3oxg
2: Seeker

This is still happening after nearly 2 years since the first report. I've had my Desire S one week but last night I started to get multiple messages reporting the area code from 50, exactly as was reported back in 2010. The method of removal through the call menu does work, but is anyone addressing why it happens in the first place? If the area code is going to be displayed anywhere it should be on the location  information on the home page as used to happen on one of my first Nokias about 10 years ago!!

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Retired-Lee
Moderator (Retired)

Good morning folks,

 

Could everyone let me know the following information please?

 

  • Handset
  • Software version

Thanks,

 

Lee

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dave44
1: Seeker

I have HTC sensation XL with beats audio x315e.

Updated to latest version. Have no idea which.

 

I have read the posts here and have to say that in my telephone the function of disabling CB messages is not accessible.

I got so many messages as described before, that is really annoying. It is triggered by travelling and sends sms lookalike, but since you can cancel or save, I’d say these are system notifications. The senders are: 50, 4096 and 4098. The 50m sends area codes or local cities names and the other two send commercial in local language, mostly dirty…

 

I have tried uninstalling all my apps… nothing helped.

The uncheck option suggested below, is not possible with my phone, but I educate guessing that even if it was possible, we would solve the symptoms, not the problem itself. 

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