According to an e-mail we recieved, Obama’s text message idea is expensive and a pain in the rear!
When it was announced that the Senator would announce his VP selection by text message, I
signed up. Only after doing so did I realize that I was also signing up for a continuous
string of campaign messages. I have been receiving about 10 text messages each day from
the Obama Campaign.
I have repeatedly requested, and then demanded that the messages be terminated but to no
avail. I did receive a response from a Haley Van Dyck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
apologizing for my difficulties and promising that the messages would stop immediately.
That was about 30 messages ago.
The official web site http://www.barackobama.com suggests a link to
http://www.barackobama.com/unsubscribe, however a browser request for that page results in a
message saying the page doesn’t exist.
Finally, you gotta love this. A call to a toll free number listed on the site results in
a recorded message reminding me that it is after hours. It refers me to the web site, and
says I may leave a message. When I attempt to do so, it tells me that the mailbox cannot
accept messages because it is full. “Press 0 for further assistance”. Pressing 0
results in the following message: “you have selected an invalid option…. Press 0 for
I’m sure that I won’t ever see any money, but I have demanded that the campaign pay me at
the rate of 10cents for each text that I have received. (that’s the going rate if you
don’t have an unlimited plan). The senator currently owes me about $14.00, and I have
demanded immediate payment. 😉
As I said in the beginning, hopefully one of you fine radio hosts will decide to follow
up and challenge the Obama Camp to do the right thing.
Yes, it’s a little thing, and I’m just a little guy, but doesn’t the Senator claim to be
looking out for the little guy? or is he just looking out for my tax dollars?
Isn’t that great! I have to laugh a little…Richard signed up for the same thing! Jay makes a great point, text messages are not free!
What do you think? Should the Obama campaign pay up? Obama will probably try to find a way to blame the rich cell phone companies and call their profits obscene!