back to article M&S signs up to O2 location grab

High street stalwart Marks & Spencer has joined the O2 More service, pushing out free smoothies to O2 customers passing by their doors. O2 added location-based messaging to the opt-in service last October, offering to push SMS and MMS messages out to customers based on their location, which now includes being near an M&S branch …

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Blockers

"such advertising becomes as accepted as the adverts one is obliged to see when searching the web, or reading most of it."

Indeed. And a decent phone will soon come with a handy app that will nealty trash all these ads (and optionally spoof you location to ensure privacy).

With regards to web ads - if they didn't flash so much, contract with the site, take up excessive bandwidth and make the content nigh-on impossible read; I wouldn't block them (nor would I use GraseMonkey to "re-edit" sites to make them usable).

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It worked...

..we're talking about a fancy food and clothing/undies shop on a tech newspiece!

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"My Fake Location" on android is just such a spoofing tool. Combine with facebook places and it's mischief ahoy!

- I'll get my coat, or have I already left?

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Hmm....

Fake location to your operator?

I take it you guys don't understand the rather simple matter of a CellID?

These guys aren't asking the phone where it is, they *know* where it is as it's on their network!

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Excuse me, this hat is getting a little old now but...

That only works in the vicinity of a microcell. Otherwise, your location could be anywhere in a radius of up to 2000m, unless you happen to be in a crossover in which case triangulation can narrow it down a bit. A significant bit but not enough for "you're now passing Marks & Sparks, please buy some knickers".

The Plod spent ages trying to convince us that "you guys can track anyone with a mobile phone" and they were wrong, too.

You're thinking of GPS. My phone doesn't have that. For an excellent reason.

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