Having had the same mobile phone since 2006, last week I decided to move with the times, and bought a Blackberry.
Because I have been working 12 hour shifts ever since, I have barely used it - only ringing three people on it - my mum, my wife and a work colleague. I have not told anyone else my new phone number, because I simply have not got round to it. Despite this, within five days I received the following text message from a number unknown to me, 0751 324 5036:
"Our records indicate you may be entitled to £3250 for the accident you had. To apply free reply CLAIM to this message. To opt out text STOP."
Needless to say I have ignored this speculative approach from the compensation culture. The bigger question though is how this unnamed company got my details? None of the people I have phoned would have passed my number on, which leaves either Blackberry or T-Mobile. A nice little earner for one of them no doubt, but quite where it leaves their professional standards, or the privacy of the data we share with such companies, is another matter entirely.
I am tied to a two year contract with T-Mobile, which they no doubt take very seriously. It is a shame that not everyone out there takes concepts of data protection amd privacy quite so seriously...........