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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:06 PM   #1
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ifriendshare? just got this text to my phone

"a program called ifriendshare is trying to contact you press W to allow'
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:07 PM   #2
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iFriendshare seem to be an app
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

Got this earlier... Odd
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 02:16 PM   #4
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this is a stupid app, it will let u know what phone your friends have .. isn't facebook mobile doing this from years already?
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Old Oct 25, 2011, 11:26 AM   #5
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Exclamation I deleted it

Just received it on one of our phones-the default phone (the Number that receives all the texts from Verizon). Since we both have the same friends, and that I didn't also receive the text leads me to believe it wasn't a text from a friend; possibly Verizon, themselves?

Another clue is that if we don't reply at all, no more texts will be sent. This isn't consistant with other text apps that allow friends to contact several times. Also, if it came from a friend, that friend's name would appear in the text: "Sandy sent you a message...", or "Sandy is inviting you to download this app..."

Not all text plans are unlimited. The more texts sent, the more money is squeezed from the clients. Also, perhaps this is Verizon's way of showing us which friends on the contact list do not have smartphones; perhaps they assume we might try to talk them into getting one, so that we could play games, text, share Facebook, etc. More money in smartphone purchases and contracts for Verizon.

Another suspicious fact is that if you try to search the ifriendshare app in the app store, you won't find it. But if you type ifriendshare as a dotcom web address, it will take you to the app in the app store. Seems to me that they don't particularly want the common iPhone user to find this app.

I could be waaayyy off base, here, but it appears to me that either Verizon, or the app's DEVS, or both would highly benefit from sending this text. Who knows? Verizon could very well BE the creators of this app.

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Old Oct 25, 2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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More research (ZZZzzz!)

OK, I decided to do a little digging:

The app, ifriend (not "ifriendshare" as I erroneously named it in my previous post, although it is actually named ifriendshare), is developed by the company, Wupima, Inc. This company's CEO is Terry Hsiao. *Here is a portion of his biography:

"Mr. Terry Hsiao founded Wupima, Inc. in 2006 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hsiao serves as Chief Executive Officer of Hook Mobile, Inc. He served as an Executive Investor at WAY Systems, Inc. Mr. Hsiao founded the first carrier-grade SMS/MMS messaging company in the US in 2000. He served as an Advisor of Hook Mobile. Mr. Hsiao has over 14 years of technical and Management experiences in wireless telecommunications and software, identified in the industry by his innovative approaches and proven track record in developing successful operations. Mr. Hsiao has extensive expertise and experiences in the wireless industry. He has created or led operations in North America and Greater China, having launched services with many leading wireless carriers including China Mobile, KG Telecom, FarEasTone, PHS, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile and Verizon. Mr. Hsiao served as Chief Executive Officer of IMA Telecom focusing on mobile software in the greater China market. He founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of InphoMatch, a leading U.S. based wireless messaging software infrastructure provider that recently merged with MobileWay."

Hope this sheds a little light on the subject.
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