AT&T may begin selling private usage data it collects from its subscribers' phones to advertisers. Opt out of AT&T marketing here. Here's the link for Verizon Opt Out (Click on "learn more" under "Verizon selects" to opt out of additional ad tracking).

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 704
    Posted 4:36 am PDT 07/9/13

    Scum bags.

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    Xelcho Ben's cred: 3
    Posted 6:04 am PDT 07/9/13

    Needless to say, they give it away to NSA, "under contract" so they are already selling your info without your knowledge... Compliments of Snowden.

    So this concerns additional ways they can make more money off of subscribers after who paid them for service. Nice way to bite the hand that feeds you. Just imagine what would happen if serial scum bags were not on the boards of these mega-companies?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3695
    Posted 8:25 am PDT 07/9/13

    ^ You'd still get the ads, just not targeted to your location and interests. The dilemma I have is that usually when I see an ad I opt to buy a competitor's product instead but what if it is something I already buy? Regardless, many predict mobile ad spending is rising by 50% or more this year.

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    Myself Ben's cred: 205
    Posted 8:45 am PDT 07/9/13

    Anyone else find it ironic that we're here in the land of rebate submissions, e-coupons, affiliate links, and a dozen other mechanisms by which we willingly give away our personal data?

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3695
    Posted 10:02 am PDT 07/9/13

    ^ I can measure direct savings in those cases while I don't think market targeted spam on a phone is going to lower the bill.

    If my personal data is valuable, I should be the one making money off of it, not a sneaky ad agency or cellular company already charging more than average global (1st world) rates.

    Then there's the issue of initiation. If you participate in a rebate, coupon, etc you initiate the opt-in rather than having to opt-out of something someone else set up.

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    Jedi2155 Ben's cred: 49
    Posted 12:32 pm PDT 07/9/13

    There doesn't seem to be an option for Verizon residential users. I don't have their Wireless but I have Fios TV/Internet.

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    Whistler Ben's cred: 264
    Posted 4:34 pm PDT 07/9/13

    Keep in mind that your bank and insurance company and lots of other entities are also happily sharing details about you, unless you've gone to the trouble of opting out there, too.

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    ironbadge Ben's cred: 355
    Posted 3:10 am PDT 07/10/13

    I cancelled cable TV and landline phone long time ago. I used T-mo prepaid. For work, I have all I need at work. Why pay for watching TV with the ads???

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