So, after that debacle, and learning that when you recharge pre-paid minutes with 500 rupees and get 410 rupees, you shouldn't get upset (because that's just a "service charge" that they forget to mention when you ask to purchase 500 rupees-worth), I have since been plagued with SMS-spam (texts are called SMSs here) not from outside agencies, but from Vodafone themselves!!! Totally shamelessly, and without an option to opt-out or block them, I'll receive 3-6 spams a day from them, with some days being worse than others. However, I wish to share my two favorites with you, received recently (completely unabridged!)
Romance@I KNEW there was something I wasn't doing! All I had to do was pick up a phone. And my absolute favorite, received this morning:
Dial *123*85# to make your love interesting. Get daily quotes, grooming
tips, love compatibility tests. Chrgs Rs30.month.
Vodafone message centre +91988600542
Pope AlertsI also send texts often (because seemingly no one here checks nor has voicemail, I have ascertained after a thoroughly unscientific poll of coworkers, my host, and Indian friends) and about 25% of them are never received by the recipients. I brought it back to Subhiksha. The answer? Turn the phone off, then on. If it doesn't work, do it lots of times. That sure gives me assurance. Sort of like my similarly acting camera and its instant-battery-draining-abilities. Losing faith in Indian-assembled electronics...
Make a holy beginning everyday. Dial *123*111# to get daily alerts on
teachings from the Pope. Charges Rs30/month.
Sender: Pope Alerts.
Vodafone message centre +919886005452
Ah, for christ's (wait... Ratzinger's) sake. I miss my crummy old LG.