Why am I getting these Ads?

sohaloh

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Original poster
Apr 10, 2012
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London, Ontario
I don't understand why im getting these ads on iOS. They arent part of an app, occasionally when I unlock my iphone there is a huge ad on a black screen with a green dismiss button below. When I press dismiss it takes me to the home screen. I didn't think ad's would be so intrusive that they would be part of the OS showing all over the place. Besides that I do have 115 applications on my phone maybe that installed something. Please help!
 

mrapplegate

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Feb 26, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
I don't understand why im getting these ads on iOS. They arent part of an app, occasionally when I unlock my iphone there is a huge ad on a black screen with a green dismiss button below. When I press dismiss it takes me to the home screen. I didn't think ad's would be so intrusive that they would be part of the OS showing all over the place. Besides that I do have 115 applications on my phone maybe that installed something. Please help!
There is no way to tell which app is displaying the ad. Maybe take and post a screen shot.
iOS does not display ads, so it has to be an app you installed.
 
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Tiptizzle

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Apr 22, 2011
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I would try narrowing it down by looking at what apps are in the multitasking bar when it happens.
 
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Googlyhead

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Apr 19, 2010
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Im also assuming its a notification that's showing.

If that's the case, the notification should state what app it is related to, so you can simply go to the notification centre in the settings and turn off notifications for the app that's bothering you. Or tweak the settings for what is permitted to be shown for that app.
 
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squall101403

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Nov 2, 2011
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I think it is from the carrier. My prepaid iPhone 4S also gets a big screen notification with a dismiss button after making a call. It tells me how much credits is left after making the call
 
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Nothlit

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Sep 14, 2009
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I think it is from the carrier. My prepaid iPhone 4S also gets a big screen notification with a dismiss button after making a call. It tells me how much credits is left after making the call
Yes, I think this is the correct answer. It's known as a "flash" or "class 0" SMS. Not sure whether it's from the carrier, or if your carrier's network has a vulnerability that is letting unscrupulous people send spam in this fashion.

Here's an image:
 
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sohaloh

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 10, 2012
149
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London, Ontario
I think it is from the carrier. My prepaid iPhone 4S also gets a big screen notification with a dismiss button after making a call. It tells me how much credits is left after making the call
Thanks guys. Yes you're right it was some random advertising company sending out FLASH SMS's. Thanks for the help. Now lol, I wonder how im going to get rid of it. They message from random numbers, so blocking it wont work. I wouldnt mind if they weren't so intrusive. I usually get normal sms promotional messages. Thanks again.
 
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