Is there any way to stop the scourge of text message spam?

Source: Will Oremus, Slate

Text spam used to be rare in the United States because, compared with the email equivalent, sending texts was expensive. There were ways around the charges, like sending the spam messages from the Internet rather than a mobile phone. But that method was easily stymied, because wireless companies can separately track and filter such messages. The past three years, however, have brought a proliferation of cheap, prepaid cellphone plans with unlimited text messaging. That has opened the floodgates.

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