2 Apr 2012

Vodacom blocks SMS robots with CAPTCHA

Vodacom has implemented a CAPTCHA on their SMS forms on vodacom.co.za.


The CAPTCHA (distorted 'polthed' text in the above image) is intended to make it difficult for 3rd party robots to send free SMS from vodacom.co.za. Websites that will be affected by this CAPTCHA include popular free SMS robot sites Free082SMS.co.za and defza.com. However, Free082SMS does offer several alternative options for free SMS in South Africa.

Otherwise Vodacom users are now forced to login to the desktop version of vodacom.co.za directly to access their ration of 20 free Vodacom SMS per day. I'm sure that Vodacom is hoping that this move will encourage Vodacom users to make increased use of the Vodacom website and get more involved in the new Vodacom Community.

Update: It is possible to access your 20 free SMS from the My Vodacom App on smartphones and it is also possible to login to the desktop version of the Vodacom website from certain phones - more info here.

11 comments:

Gawie said...

Lekker. What about the guys who DO NOT have web access?

It is absolute selfish and stupid of them. Cellphone users are their BREAD and BUTTER. They do register your sim anyway when you make use of services like 082 and defza. Non-vodacom users who have a valid vodacom sim card, but NOT USING it now got and advantage above all LOYAL vodacom users. No wonder Mxit, BBM and Whazzup are so popular!

Rich said...

Hey Gawie - Thanks for the feedback. Did you see that you can still send email to SMS from free082sms.co.za? Try this link: http://www.free082sms.co.za/vodacom-sms-login Thanks.

TRACEY said...

The email 2 sms service CNT even compare to the 20 Free Sms' cos the text input or size of message is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller thn that of the 20 FREE SMS' frm Vodacom + email 2 sms is lmtd to only 3 per day! ive always been a vodacom subscriber, l8ly im becoming increasingly unimpressed by them! ! !

Anonymous said...

I AGREE. IT DOES NOT COMPARE. VERY DISAPPOINTED!

Anonymous said...

VODACOM PLAYIN US THY GV THS WHO HD COMPUTER THY ARE SELFISH DAMN RED FAMILY

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that vodacom for the ones who have computers so what we do now?

thebe moagi said...

As long as we humans are going to see that capcha, its not a problem, because some websites make them difficult.

Rich said...

I don't know Thebe - I've been foxed by a few of the Vodacom ones myself. It is very frustrating when you as a human can not decipher a captcha...

Tshepiso said...

Nothing's for free

Rich said...

Yes, but some things are more free than others...

Anonymous said...

I use Vodacom, but I'm planning on moving to MTN!! & I hope you all do!! Vodacom doesn't appreciate their customers... they just use us. Not CSResponsible mxm, can't fool me. A typical dog-eat-dog principle at its best... flipen high costs!!! Look at what MTN is doing...