You gotta be kidding !!!
This is a BIG warning to everyone out there – you have to be SOOOO careful when downloading any app that isn’t in the official App Store or Marketplace or Samsung App store or any other official store.
Here is what happened:
On the Android phone is a notification bar and it had a link to download a Battery Manager. Since I am in the market for one, I clicked on the link.
update 19 January 2012: they are still pushing this app which is how I got these new screen shots of it:
It downloaded as usual and then once it completed installing I received the following SMS :
and then instantly I get the following 3 SMS in a row:
At no point did I SMS their number to say I want in and at no point did I subscribe to this – obviously I immediately sent the STOP SMS:
Here is what their Application looks like:
So how on earth did this happen ?
I reviewed my phone’s history and found this:
Cornerblue seems to be a marketing company that was responsible for the notification in the toolbar:
I then found the evidence and the smoking gun:
As you can see in the URL this app has automatically opted me IN to their scheme at R50 per month !!
This is highly illegal and goes against Consumer Protection Act and in the morning I shall be calling My Way on the 0800-999-239 number.
I am also contacting WASPA to lodge a complaint there and I emailed cornerblue.com to inform them of what their client is up to. I invited them to comment so that I can update this story – lets see what they do
Update 19 January 2012: if you follow the discussion happening in the comment section you will notice that I was asked if the app can send SMS on your behalf without you knowing about. So I installed the application again but this time took out my SIM card and here is the screen shot that shows the exact control this application has on your phone:
Notice what it can do – You messages, Network, storage Services that cost you money, money, Phone calls, System tool – boy was I stupid to allow that to be installed.
If you click on Optimize (which is what this app is suppose to do to your battery), it brings up the next screen:
Here is where it says in tiny font about the R50 – there is no way to get out of it. You can not click anywhere to cancel this screen.
Then the next screen comes up:
It tells you it is about to AUTO-SEND the SMS for you – again with no way to cancel this.
THIS is what I am pissed about. There is no way to cancel out of it. The buttons are labelled as NEXT & DONE. They get around the South African rule of double confirmation of Opting In by having two screens – the first one does the first SMS and the second one does the second confirmation for you.
Can anyone find a CANCEL button ? Can anyone find a BACK button ? why did they use a tiny font for the R50 catch where there is the entire screen to use ?
If the application pre-populate an SMS with the Opt-in text and then opened up the SMS facility and waited for me to press SEND then I would understand. By taking the control away from me and not allowing me to cancel it, this is why I am saying this is a scam.