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O2 has finally switched on its porn-blocker, much to the annoyance of customers who don't see why they should prove their age. British mobile operators are required to provide age-verification before allowing access to "adult" content, but different operators opt customers in and out by default. It seems that O2 is now …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Reading the small print

    The first time you verify your age using a credit card they will charge £1 and give you £2.50 credit on your phone. Each subsequent time you verify your age using a credit card you will be charged £1 and NOT credited! So, how often do you need to verify your age, and how much is that going to cost I wonder?

    1. Paul@O2

      Response

      Hi there,

      Once you've verified your account, you don't need to verify again.

      You're absolutely right about being charged £1 and credited £2.50 back for validating though.

      Thanks

      Paul

      1. Brian Morrison
        FAIL

        Well, what I'd like...

        ...is to have properly working proxies so that when trying to buy some laptop memory from Scan it allows me to add items to my basket, allows me to pay for a domain hosting renewal and doesn't fall over on the useless Verified by Visa stuff or indeed when trying to use Paypal for payment and also doesn't say "The host has stopped responding" when the useless Bango servers fail to proxy correctly.

        If there were another operator with coverage where I need it (I've tried all of the others and they are useless) then I would move in a flash.

        Grrrr!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Odd behaiviour

    They've definitely been fiddling with the settings on this for a while. I've had a "restricted content - you must be over 18" block appear on my O2 iPhone once or twice on really innocuous sites but there was no option to authenticate at the time.

    A reboot seemed to fix it.

  3. Cthonus
    FAIL

    O2 fails again

    I have in my mail file a lovely email dated last June from the Information Commissioner assuring me that O2 have promised never ever to send me any further SMS messages after their spamfest fiasco last year where they even pissed-off the writer of Father Ted.

    At 12:05 this afternoon I got an O2 SMS message...

    I'm no longer with O2. I left last summer having suffered their crap service for a year or so. I expect this censoring issue will leave them with fewer customers still.

  4. ChrisF
    FAIL

    Google Translate?

    They're blocking Google Translate, as apparently that's 18+ content. O2 are bloody useless!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Re; Google Translate?

      They're blocking Google Translate as it can be used as a gateway past any ISP web/porn filter with it's ability to translate a web site by entering a URL.

      Banning Google translate is common practice with many company and netnanny web filters for the same reason.

  5. Justin 9
    FAIL

    Epic Fail

    I can go in to a newsagent and buy a copy of the Sun for 30p no questions asked

    www.page3.com on O2 and they want me to prove my age.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Leave O2. Simples...

    The only thing that talks is money.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Unhappy

    Two Pink Floyd albums....

    ..they made two?

    I was ready to kill myself after hearing Dark Side of pretention.....

    1. TeeCee Gold badge
      Flame

      Re: Two Pink Floyd albums....

      "I was ready to kill myself ......"

      OI! There's a queue to kill you. Get to the back of the line.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Down

      "Dark Side of pretention"

      Pretentious?

      Compared to who, Lady Gaga?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Boffin

      Go into a shop...

      ...and they can see your face - hence no questions asked.

      Go online, and they don't get to see your face.

      1. Woodgar

        Re: Go into a shop

        But you don't need to prove your age to buy a newspaper (and I use the term loosely here)

  8. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Muppets

    Their mobile verification system is "Server Unavailable" and the one on the website says "Sorry we cannot send the verification message at the moment. Please try again later, alternatively our staff at any O2 shop will be happy to help if you bring proof of age and ID"

    No warning at all, verification systems down, huge fail. The people who came over to O2 for iPhones can all leave and go back to sensible networks now.

  9. Kimbie

    What about those with no CC?

    I do not have a CC does that mean I don't get the boobies then?

    Surely having a monthly contract means I am over 18, granted that does not take into account parents that take out contracts of their kids

  10. Allan 1
    Thumb Down

    T-Mobile Too

    T-Mobile do this too. When I got my new smartphone off them, I fould that I couldn't access e-Buddy, it was rated 18+ (wtf? Its a chat application).

    T-Moble wanted me to pay a £1 charge via credit card, which they'd refund within 24hrs, to prove I was 18+. Note its specific, credit cards. Debit cards need not apply. I don't have a credit card, by personal choice, only a debit card.

    In the end, rather than losing my contract because this restriction was not made known to me when I signed up, they agreed that I could take my drivers licence or passport, birth certificate, and 2 utility bills in my name to my nearest T-Mobile store, and they would validate my age there.

  11. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Questions...

    @Bill Ray - If I'd said "A Nice Pair" would I have qualified?

    On other matters - who wants "adult content" on mobile phones anyway? Do they still sell those water-filled lenses which you could use with old TV sets? Because you would surely need one of those to watch pr0n on a mobile?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      FAIL

      Same situation

      Only it's worked forever, I've been a customer since 1995 and now they want me to dig out my ID and go down to their shop in the next town to prove to them I'm a grown up.

      Fuck them. I'm going to move networks when the contract is up just because they've made me hate them so much today.

    2. nigel 15

      I wondered this too.

      what if you don't have a credit card. maybe someone could do some digging for us.

      1. Chad H.

        No CC

        Head into an O2 store with Photo ID.

    3. bolccg
      WTF?

      Yup

      You can't use a debit card. Not been bothered to claim my "free" £1.50 yet. Was curious when it popped up back in November though - does it cover other age limited stuff like betting sites? Hmm, guess I should just dig out my phone and check...

    4. Kevin Saunders

      Re: No CC

      Use a VPN - there are plenty of free IPSeC or PPTP options available

    5. ukbabz

      Website

      My content lock is off, always has been with T-Mob contract.. However I logged in to the web portal and it enables me to toggle it there..

    6. Andy Barker

      T-Mobile had it for years

      I un-barred mine a few years ago, as I couldn't get to the national lottery website without unblocking. Easy to do, minor inconvenience at the time.

      For anyone to use this as an argument for having the same on home broadband is bonkers, given the broad brush they used for site restrictions for mobile networks.

      Perhaps they deliberately filtered silly things to show how hard it would be to filter broadband connections?

    7. Annihilator
      Thumb Down

      No card

      Worry not! According to the blocking page "we can check your age if you take your photo ID to any O2 shop". Presumably while wearing a dirty mac.

      Ignoring the fact that back when I became an O2 customer, I had to provide bank statements and photo ID and they have my date of birth, this is a f***ing joke.

    8. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Thumb down

      OK, now I know that at least 1 person likes to watch porn on his mobile phone and without a magnifying glass.

      1. Woodgar

        Re: Thumb down

        It's only us long time users that need to use a magnifying glass.

  12. War Monger

    O2

    don't like 2 O's.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    ...is required

    So I morally object to internet filtering... next thing you know, you're trying to find a bus time and the bus company website is randomly blocked.... I might be paranoid, but can you really trust them?

    The page essentially says they need my CC number to charge me £1 and return £2.50... why would they need that when I pay by DD and have done for 5 years?

    So I rang up O2 (on 202) and had a whinge. Apparently it's a "technical issue" that has happened to a fair few customers, so am hoping that enough people are complaining that they will be removing the filter from people that can be shown to be old enough.

    *Sigh*

    1. TeraTelnet
      Thumb Up

      No card needed for me

      I rang up the Customer Service line and read the Riot Act at them - they removed the block (taking two working days to push the switch, but hey, it's O2) without asking for credit card details or any of that nonsense.

      I also took the time to have a whinge at why my BT Openzone access no longer seems to work either!

  14. GregC

    Don't see the problem...

    All the mobile networks do this in some way, my O2 sim had the block on from the day I got it. I just walked into an O2 shop and asked them to take it off, within about 2 minutes it was done. Didn't even ask for ID.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    It blocked me from viewing the salacious delights of

    Poker chips. Not gambling. Not even poker. But stopped me visiting a site about collectable poker chips.

    I knew my hobby was a bit anal - but not that type!

    I assumed it was some sort of hacked redirect.. now I see it is not. Hmm.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Orange "will let you drop into a shop with a photo ID"

    I'd feel like Alan Partridge calling down to reception if I had to go into an Orange shop and beg: "Can you make porn come on my phone?"

  17. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Kindly <censor> off.

    It's always "for the cheeeldren", and you're obviously supposed to feel bad if you object.

    If I was a parent (I'm not) I'd be happy to have the *option* of such a service, but would NOT and DO NOT expect it on by default. Protecting my child would by my concern, not theirs. Nanny off!

    O2 (and other carriers) should stick to being the telecoms/data provider, responsible for provision of service, NOT enforcing rules and censorship. By all means provide us with the ABILITY to restrict sites/age related content, but TELL us about it first, and allow us to opt in. Don't force it upon me, or make me opt out.

    As a comparison, I don't see my water company forcibly installing new pipes to my house ("part of their service"), for no charge ("all part of our 'added value' service!"), without my consent - and then charging me to remove them after I find they stop me opening my doors etc due to bad layout.

    So, O2 - in a nutshell, do not opt me in by default. Do NOT charge me for the priviledge of opting out of a service I never signed up for in the first place (I don't see it anywhere in my t's & c's, and nor do I see Bango (or any other company) involved in the t's & c's - and we now know they'll be mining surfing habits for revenue gain etc). As mentioned, their own site states you'll only get a £2.50 refund ONCE - implying they KNOW their system can/may block you again, resulting in a fee.

    I rang O2 C/S earlier, in a less than good mood, and the C/S agent concerned has apparently sent a form to their backoffice team to remove the blocking on my account FoC. This however, may take 48 hours, but I hope will be logged on my account, so that if I am blocked again, I will be able to complain (again).

    I am now considering switching provider (possibly even to a more expensive one) who will not adversely interfere with my internet usage. "Fair usage" does not (to my knowledge) involve "sites *we* allow you to see, not sites you might want to see".

    I may only pay £20 pcm (£240 p/a) but that's £240 that doesn't involve £1 fiddly payments every so often. I'll gladly spend £240 p/a for a hassle free experience elsewhere. 48 hours - the clock started ticking about 4 hours ago.

  18. Ben Brandwood
    Thumb Down

    No SSL

    Also noticed that the page you put your CC into is not HTTPS://

    Not great O2.

  19. Joe Montana
    WTF?

    Contract phones

    I could see the logic for prepaid phones, but for contract phones where you have to be 18 in order to have taken out the contract in the first place surely there should be no restriction?

    If you are taking out a contract for your kids, then there should be a separate option at signup time to turn on the porn filter.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Up

      Exactly!

      I got hit by this today, when trying to view www.themonkeysyouordered.com - there's nothing worse at that site than a B&W cartoon of a topless mermaid.

      Anyway, I already gave O2 my age when I signed the contract. Why the bloody hell do they need it again? I can feel an angry phone call coming on - something along the lines of:

      "I've been a customer for 2 1/2 years, and am currently out of contract. Please get your heads out of your arses and fix this or I'm going to Vodafone when the iPhone 5 comes out instead of punting another £1000 in your direction."

  20. Greg J Preece

    T-Mobile will not do this in-store

    I refused to give them CC details, so I tried in store. They accepted that I was who I said I was, accepted that the contract was mine (the contract you need to be 18 to sign...), and then asked me for credit card details...

    FUCK OFF!

    It wouldn't be so bad, except I wasn't trying to look at b00bies. They blocked a bloody programmer reference!

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  21. Pastey
    Unhappy

    no b3ta either

    O2 are saying that you can pop into a shop with photo id to prove you're over 18. I'm gonna pop in after work and try and point out that my monthly direct debit they're happy to take, and my details they needed to set up the contract should point out quite clearly that I'm over 18. And having worked building anti-porn filters in the past I'm quite comfortable discussing pr0n access on my mobile, let's see if the staff in their shop are.

    1. Chad H.
      FAIL

      Well

      Your DD and your contract doesn't prove that you use the phone. Perhaps you have a DD for your 16 year old Kiddies contract phone?

      (Why doesnt this ever seem to occur to anyone?)

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @pastey

      I had the same problem. When I bought the bloody phone from O2 it was pretty obvious that I was over 18, being 45, but content was blocked on the grounds that I had not proved my age! According to their C/S staff, it was an error by the sales person, who should have asked at the point of sale. They suggested using a credit card to verify my age and then got confused when I said I didn't have one : "but, but, everyone has one..."

      O RLY?

      As for Chad H, that's exactly the point. They can't stop anybody giving the phone to a 5 year old if they want to, so a credit card will make no difference. They could, however, try using some fucking common sense...

  22. The Cube
    WTF?

    Think yourselves lucky

    If that demented bitch Jackie Smith was still the fuhrer you would be put on list 99 and required to attend regular psychiatric treatment for your evil perversion just for asking to have the porn block removed.

    Don't you understand how disgusting and perverted you are?

    There is porn everywhere!

    Everybody must attend their local NHS trust be fitted with a blindfold before they are allowed to go out in public! If you want the blindfold off in any public place or shop you will have to prove your age with a government issued ID card. Anyone asking to have their blindfold taken off within 100 miles of a school will have to ring a bell and loudly announce "paedo approaching, lock up your children" whenever they are in any public place.

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  23. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    Opera Mini

    Bypasses their rubbish altogether. I could take my ID to their shop (only having debit cards), or use Opera for six months and take my ID to someone elses shop and give my nice contract money to someone else.

  24. Gideon 1
    Thumb Up

    Block pr0n...

    ...and reduce your network overload problems. Simples.

    1. Bugs R Us
      FAIL

      No. Upgrade the network

      Why should content suffer because the network in inadequate? Charge the content providers and use the money to upgrade the network. Why should the consumer always foot the costs, get the producers to pay or network usage too.

  25. Abs@O2

    All the answers to your questions

    Hi everyone,

    I've seen few comments here on why O2 has blocked a particular website, why is O2 asking to verify my age now and what are the different ways to verify the age on your O2 mobile (if one is not comfortable in giving our his/ her credit card details).

    You can find more details and answers to all your questions here - http://tiny.cc/69ubx. Hope it's useful!

    Thanks

    Abs

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      O2 completely miss the obvious

      I can buy a phone, verify I'm over 18 and then give it to anybody I want, including my children.

      Most children's phones are bought for them by their parents, just like 18-rated video games etc.

    2. Pablo
      Flame

      Or you could just stop being Nazis

      Yeah, that would work too, huh?

  26. Luther Blissett

    "O2 outsources its age filters to Bango"

    Naturally. Any other entity would lack credibility. With O2 management, that is. The name says it all in our postmodern feudalist society.

  27. Abs@O2

    Answers to your questions

    Hi everyone,

    I've seen few comments here on why O2 has blocked a particular website, why is O2 asking to verify my age now and what are the different ways to verify the age on your O2 mobile (if one is not comfortable in giving our his/ her credit card details).

    You can find more details and answers to all your questions here - http://tiny.cc/69ubx. Hope it's useful!

    Thanks

    Abs

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    High-frequency porn

    I like it

  29. HappyMisery
    Alert

    For the Kids? Bollocks!

    So is it a surprise that O2 launch a nanny system in the last few weeks of the financial year?

    Most age verification tools will allow a debit card transaction whereby they will make a deposit and then retake the deposit (normally a penny)

    Its obvious that the motive of O2 is to get 19 million customers to pay £1 each as a cash influx into the business. It's transparent and sickening.

    The £2.50 credit is not a refund, it's money back on a network for which they have already invested.

    Their stance of "We want to ensure that children are not accessing adult content" is a pure smokescreen.

    Did they want to make sure that I'm an adult when setting up a Direct debit for £90 per month?

    No

    Do they check my age before sending me a new handset?

    No

    THIS IS PURELY A WAY FOR O2 TO INCREASE PROFITS AS THEY HIT APRIL 1ST.

    Scumbag tactics for such a large company.

    1. Andrew Woodvine

      Re: For the Kids? Bollocks!

      You pay £1 and you pay £2.50 less on your next bill. O2 are £1.50 down each time they remove the pr0n block. If this has been done to generate a "cash influx" it's not the brightest idea.

      If you're on a contract then they asked you to provide your date of birth when taking out the contract and you had to be over 18. If you were under 18 and lied about your date of birth you will probably have failed the credit check.

      You are asked to prove your age to remove the pr0n block as some people who are over 18 take out a contract and give the phone to someone under 18.

      So the only bollocks is what you're talking. Whether O2 are justified to place the block by default is another matter.

  30. DR

    think of the adults!

    just tried. www.page3.com (seemed like it would be on the lighter side or wrongness!)

    apparently I'm old enough to buy an iphone, old enough to sign a credit agreement for the tariff to use it, yet not old enough to use it as I wish...

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The need for a CC

    Because any monkey can get hold of a debit card/prepaid card these days.

    Web browsing on a mobile or 3G dongle is crap anyway, no matter what phone or network.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So I work in O2 cust service

    And the first I knew about this was when all the agents in our unit started asking about the new calls on this single issue. Nobody informed us anything was happening. Asking for a manager would get you nowhere, asking for his manager would get you nowhere (I know, I am that manager, and I had no idea).

    I should get more details on my next shift, I'll post back.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Badgers

      Well?

      What was the story?

  33. Anonymous Coward
    Boffin

    Sanity

    Ok....fixed line requires an "adult" paying bills to get broadbad....yes 16 year olds can get this...BUT if they are classed as adults (Ohhh they can have you know what) then ok.....THEY take the resonabilty as EVERY adult in the UK does, to do the correct thing and make sure little Jonny does not have access to the www as they would not take the kid to a pole dancing club, one would hope!

    mobiles are purcahsed to keep in conact with little jonny by mum and dad.......and if they then have free rain over the net this is bad. It is not possible to block xxx as it is from jonny's PC where they do have control? Simple answer is a credit card check.

    Opt in is always better than opt out.............

    the main issue is you should always be able to opt out of what the company wants to harvest (not opt out of the law) and still get the web, app that you want to use and quite often pay for!

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    Tit....

    I was really pissed off they would do this to a 30 year old man having had an O2 contract since it was BT Cellnet. Then I thought about it, did the silly CC dance and essentially O2 just paid me 1.50 to look at boobs.. great..

    anyone want to give me a fiver and I'll go and buy the daily sport too..

  35. Graham Anderson
    FAIL

    blocks apps too

    I've been having trouble using a popular gay dating app on the iPhone for the last day or so (when did the block come on?). The app kept just hanging and I thought it was the app's fault. When I tried accessing the dating site using Mobile Safari, I got the age verification messaging for the first time.

    So you'll have a chunk of users who are using apps rather than phone browsers who can't see the messaging from O2 at all.

    I just asked for my PUK - I've had problems with pre-paying for international data where they credit the add-on the *following billing cycle*, ending up with me being charges extoritionate rates for mobile roaming in the US when I thought I was covered, and having a useless bundle of pre-paid data a month after my trip. Add in crap mobile reception and many dropped calls, this is the last straw for me.

  36. MarkSpoff
    FAIL

    We were taken down by o2's filter on Monday

    We're a brand new UK startup that's all about Fresh Local Food and Drink.

    On Friday, Apple featured us on the front page of the Apple Store. We were thrilled.

    We learned today - after 3 days of massively reduced traffic and a fear we'd got something very wrong, that we'd fallen foul of o2 censorship. Goodness only knows why. On Monday o2 shut down our iPhone app for all customers on it's network; by blocking our web-app framework. The framework that powers us, our App lost all functionality and our initial surge of interest - 17,500 downloads in our first 2 weeks, tailed off.

    I'll stop there. I'm furious but helpless in the circumstances. They apologised for their mistake late today - they'll have us up and running tomorrow. Well woopy-bloody-do!

  37. ambrosen

    Best site I came across this on:

    I had to activate adult content to get access to http://www.saynoto0870.com on Orange. I can't be too sure but it looks as if there was a little conflict of interest there, right?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      title

      Please sue them! Large damages are the only way to teach something to a big company.

  38. Dave F.

    Depends Who You Get!

    Phoned up O2 C/S, I just gave date of birth and they agreed to lift the block. What worries me more is that Bango store all the information that O2 are denying they do. Who is in charge here and why don't O2 just admit it or grow a backbone! Moving to three one plan in a month!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Three's net filtering is another story...

      They will charge you £1 for removing it, and this will only let you access (and pay extra for) their own pr0n portal, not the blocked sites.

      Also, whenever you go to even the most innocent, but blocked site (Yup, they block sites with 'chat functionality'!), you still get redirected to their pr0n portal with a nice list of topics, big XXX logo and alike. Their rep on tweeter (@threeUK) said they know it's 'a shocker' and they were supposedly working on it - and they're still working after - as far as I remember - half a year.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Anon: Because they may come for me

      Ahhh Customer dis-services.

      Which, in my case, take many minutes to not answer.

      And after inputting my cc details the block was lifted.....but wait....I only had to enter what was on the card itself....no text back to the 'phone.....no email.....just the details off the front and the sec code off the back ?

      Oh well, at least I got £2.50 of credit on the 'phone ?

      No !

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Here's an idea

    When speaking to O2 agents, boldy claim that you want the "porn access unlocked". So if you're in a O2 phone shop, say it out loud and proud so that other customers hear you. Think of the embarrasment you can cause to the O2 folks :)

  40. Steve Brooks

    trojan

    Of course it will take, oooh, a day or two for some smart arse to imitate the O2 credit card demand on their website and start harvesting punters CC numbers now that 02 have got ppl used to doing it. Or is it already happening, it usually takes a few weeks for the actual authorities to find out and embarrasment to rise to visible levels.

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    A title

    If it worked I wouldn't be so annoyed, but even image search on google is blocked!

  42. Robocat
    FAIL

    O2 blocking harmless sites

    So I am a long-term O2 customer. Today I click on an email link in my smartphone email to take me to a completely harmless, bog-standard dating service and up pops the Age-Verification rubbish. So I reluctantly hand over my details to this company I've never heard of and get an SMS letting me know I've been verified.

    Now that's wonderful - except it still won't connect. I am re-directed to O2's woeful wap.o2.co.uk page when I click the link. So the age verification process still doesn't stop O2 re-writing your links and actually appears to not work.

    Good job O2 - this is why people wish mobile operators become dumb pipes.

  43. Mr Larrington
    FAIL

    They're not the only ones

    Somewhere in the depths of Larrington Towers lies a scarcely-used Vodaphone dongle. It wouldn't let me upload my holiday snaps to Flickr, and wouldn't even let me verify my age online. I bought the bloody thing with a credit card.

    Vodaphone are a shower of dunces.

  44. CockKnocker
    FAIL

    So Unfair!

    There I was half way though a very enjoyable self abuse session at work and the porn blocker came on. This made me very angry so I rang up the O2 man, he was very nice though and let me finish myself off while he stayed on the phone.. (And If u dont have a credit card it takes 2 bloody days to get your mobile smut back!)

  45. Evil Genius
    Paris Hilton

    Obvious I know

    Free the O 2!!!

    Paris. If you have to ask, you're not 18.

  46. Dave@O2
    FAIL

    Quit whinging

    Who does the network belong to, you or O2? You probably got your phone subsidized as part of contract too, so you don't really own that either. Speaking of your contract, does it say "you have a right to receive free smut" anywhere in there? I thought not. If you don't like it, build your own cellular network. Otherwise, just pay your porno fee and quit complaining. If I have to deal with any more of you wankers I'm going to throw up.

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    get lost, and ...

    what on earth is pornographic about Google Maps?

  48. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    get lost, and ...

    what in earth is pornographic about Google Maps?

  49. trashbat
    FAIL

    Has anyone actually done this yet?

    I have, and like all O2 schemes, it doesn't work. Everything caught by the filter redirects to wap.o2.co.uk.

    1. IanPotter
      Megaphone

      RE: Quit whinging

      There's that famous O2 customer service in action, how it makes us love you...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      WTF?

      Sim only ?

      Yeah, sim only contract and I bought my own phone. So, there goes that theory.

      And I pay for a service to access the internet while on the move. As others have noted, some *useful* sites are blocked, not just smut. Do I or do I not have the right to access useful sites while out and about? If I don't, what's the point in paying for access?

      I hope to God you're a troll...

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    I am Mr 48 hours...

    Well, late yesterday evening I received an SMS stating "We've confirmed your age and you can now access 18 rated content. To change this setting call 61018 free".

    Except of course that calling 61018 will require a card (if I for some mad reason enable the filter again).

    The "18 rated content" I wanted (which caused all this for me) was a cartoon about the LHC.

    After I got the SMS I wound up getting redirected to the O2 website (as mentioned above), and I've had to reconnect to the mobile network (Android > Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Network) before it started behaving.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How does this protect kids?

    This is such a dumb system. It is a one time opt in or out. That's useless. I let my kids use my mobile sometimes, cause they currently don't have their own. But now I have to give them an un-locked phone. Why unlock it you ask. Cause with the filters you cannot get to legitimate sites not just porn.

    There is no chance of opting out again when lending the phone to the kids. I would much rather have some form of parental controls on the phone. Or a system that allows you to free of charge to opt in and out at will. But this system is not worth it at all.

    In fact it is useless, as I would have to unlock the kids phones, if they had them, so they can get to the sites even they legitimately need to use.

    What's the point. This type of system needs to go through big changes / revisions before being rolled out. It just is not ready. It feels like an alpha of what it should be....

    Also how long before we get into trouble for abuse for letting kids near an unlocked internet connection. This whole thing stinks. Welcome to the United 'Puritanical' Kingdom.

  52. Gareth 18
    FAIL

    Age Verification Fail

    Just went to go through the whole farce of removing a block that should never have been there in the first place only to be told by the website my personal mobile was on a business account and I needed to speak to my account manager.

    Went into a store. No luck. I need to speak to my non-existent account manager. Useless bunch of cretins.

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