For those who don’t know what 160by2 is, it’s a free SMS site where one can send free messages to others in India, Indonesia and most places in the Middle East. This site was useful to me since my parents are abroad and 160by2 helped me a lot when I wanted to send a free message to my parents. Just think about it. Free messages abroad for free.
But one day, as usual, while I logged into my account, this message suddenly pops up in front me that pissed me a lot. Here is the message from 160by2.
Your account is blocked!
Our system has detected evidence of spamming activity in your 160by2 account. We would like to remind you of SMS Country’s Spamming policy for its 160by2 service: 160by2 offers free SMS service on the premise that communication is happening between two known persons, and the sender has the consent of receiver for sending SMS to receiver’s mobile. Any unsolicited message that a mobile user does not want to receive is considered to be spam. Spamming is illegal and 160by2 adheres to industry best practices to stop spam. 160by2 is strictly against the sending of unsolicited SMS messages, notifications, alerts or any other form of inappropriate communication.
For any kind of marketing communication messages 160by2 users must have prior permission of the recipient. 160by2 will not allow any SMS of spamming nature to be sent using its services.
Evidence of spamming will result in temporary or permanent blocking of the account. Our system has inbuilt checks to identify and block spammers. Persistent offenders will be reported to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for legal action.
Thanks and Regards,
That was so annoying. So I sent a message to back to them, and the conversation is as follows.
Sir/Madam, for no reason my account was blocked. When I logged in, it says my account has been blocked because your system found out that I was spamming. I don’t spam. My parents are abroad, and I send messages to them, and as the college club President, I send a lot of bulk messages to a lot of my friends. Pleases re-activate my account. It’s urgent.
Regards, Ryan Paul
I have noticed my account has been blocked. The reason given to me when I log in is that your system discovered evidence of spamming. I don’t have the slightest idea what it means, and I don’t spam. My family is abroad, and I send messages to them and even bulk messages to my friends in my college since I’m the college club President and I have to communicate with a lot of students.
Pls re-activate my account immediately. My cell no is **************.
Hoping to hear from you at the earliest as possible.
I still haven’t got an answer from you 160by2sms. Please reply.
We do not allow any Advertisement or Marketing SMS from 160by2.You can use our free Service for personal Use.
We have checked your account and found some Spam Keywords in your account.So it got Block .To avail our service please create an account.
huh??? what advertising or marketing SMS??? Who said I used my 160by2 account for advertising or marketing??? I never used 160by2 for any of the bloody things you mentioned. I used my account for my personal use only. Family and Friends. I was a student studying at the time u blocked it… I wud like to see those keywords u call spam… U block my account for the mistake I didn’t make and now U blaming it on me… What a douche…
Our system will not allow us to unblock the account. Once the account is blocked it is blocked permanently.If you wants to connect with 160by2 service.Please open a new account with a new contact number
A pissed off fan of 160by2
Well that is one lame excuse… I have been using the same no. for the past 4 years… hundreds of people have my number… and you are saying your system won’t allow you to unblock my no. I never made a mistake… When I try logging in, a message comes up saying my account has been blocked because I was spamming, which I didn’t do… Now just to join back to 160by2 I have to get myself a new no…. Wow… that sounds so easy for u, is it? Well this is what I’m going to do from my part… I’m going to post this message and all the previous messages we have been sending to each other on Facebook, twitter, my blog and where ever I can get people to look at it and even a small review on this site of yours… I hope this way I can discourage new people from joining 160by2 and join other free SMS sites… Who knows, I might even start a free SMS site on my own one day.
Moving to Way2sms…. for now…
A PISSED OFF FAN OF 160BY 2
PS… Thanks for at least replying back… 🙂 CHEERS!!!!
Well! That’s what happened. So to all those who wants to send free SMS… I suggest you use any other free SMS sites other than 160by2. Why??? That’s because if you go to the forums, you will notice I’m not the only one here facing this problem. And it’s not a human blocking your account. It’s a damn machine.
If you are trying to send messages in bulk, for the 160by2 system, it means spamming. So switch to other free SMS sites. As far as I know, other free SMS sites don’t face the problems 160by2 is facing. I’m using Way2SMS now.
Oh! One more thing. Nobody can send a message to Saudi Arabia. For the past one year (before my number could be blocked) a message pop-ups stating – “You cannot send SMS to Saudi (966*********) temporarily. Sorry for the inconvenience!”. That’s because 160by2.com is blocked in Saudi Arabia. I don’t know if people sending messages to other countries face the same problem. So what’s the use?