The Global System For Mobile ( Gsm ) Communication

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One of the most significant impacts of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication has been the provision of Short Message Service (SMS), a Text Messaging Service (TMS) component of phone using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed lines or mobile phone devices. SMS is currently the most common, cheapest and convenient method of daily communication between individuals. According to the International Telecommunications Union, in 2010 alone, 6.1 trillion SMS text messages were sent; this translates into 193000 SMS per second. In total, mobile subscribers send in excess of 200,000 SMS text messages every second [1].

Naturally, advertisers began exploiting this channel for financial gain, thereby resulting into a serious and irritating problem called Spam. Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages, especially advertising, indiscriminately. In simple term, it can be regarded as any received message that is unwelcomed by the recipient. Before now, e-mail spam has been the most popular type of spam. However, the increase in the usage of mobile phones in the early 2000s consequently saw an increase in the number of unsolicited (and generally unwanted) commercial advertisements being sent to user’s telephones through text messaging. Aside SMS, other media are now also affected. Spam is now prevalent in web logs, instant messages and bulletin boards (collectively referred to as…
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