Not many would dispute that these guys are ruining the wireless medium for the rest of us. The good news is that cell phone companies like Verizon are taking these spammers to court and winning. In Colorado, Verizon recently won a lawsuit forcing Acacia to cease its spamming practices to Colorado residents.
The bad news is that today there is no solution out there for cell phone spam. On the email side, the Internet touts a laundry list of spam-fighting companies like San Francisco-based Banter, which sells a program that learns to prioritize emails based on user actions. The catch is that this program is only available as a part of a $75,000 application suite, although a stand-alone product is in the works. There are no such prospects on the wireless side. It looks like marketers can only hope that technology companies develop effective spam-filtering systems that have applications in the cellular universe, otherwise it’ll result in the death of a potential advertising medium before it has a chance to be born.