I have been a very long time AT&T customer who recently switched over to Verizon. The reason being where I live now way out in the country (well, not even way in the country, just 14 miles west of Elgin, IL), I got no AT&T signal. I went to a Verizon store (an actual company store, NOT one of those "authorized retailers"/franchises/etc.), signed the 2 year contract thing, got a Droid X, and had my AT&T number ported over. The plan I have is the Nationwide 450, unlimited text, and unlimited data which totals about $90 a month (the same price I was paying with AT&T for the exact same plan). Most of what I do on the phone is text and data, not actual talking.
The problem I'm having is eversince I switched over to Verizon, I'm not receving any SMS text messages from places like Bank of America, Google (466453), Yahoo (94266), etc. I know I can send texts to those number because I have been able to verify with the bank that they do receive my texts to them. I cancelled/deactivated my phone number with the bank, reactivated it, and I never got the verification message on my phone. However, since I already knew the 6 digit bank number to text the word "YES" to, I went ahead and texted it to the number, and the bank received my verification and verified my number. I try texting for my bank balance from the bank and get no message bank; however, the bank did verify with me that they did receive my texts and they did send response texts so I know the problem is not at the bank's end.
The same goes when I try to text for info from Google, Yahoo, or almost anything that uses those short 5 or 6 digit numbers.. The only places I seem to get messages from are Facebook and MySpace. Any regular texting I do with actual people with regular 10 digit phone numbers works just fine too. I can send and recieve pictures, etc. I am also NOT getting any messages back saying "This message not delivered due to Premium Texting Block" or anything of that sort.
I've been doing alot of research on this online but I'm finding alot of the same old same old.. I've been around cell phones for many many years so I don't need those "baby steps" of popping out the battery, doing the *228 things, etc. I already tried those. I don't need any warnings of the dangers of scams and premium texts.. I've been able to avoid scams and text my bank and google for years now and have had no problem until the switch to Verizon. I'm not a teenager texting for new ringtones, etc. I know what texts are legit and which ones aren't. Heck, all the years I've had phones, I've only received 1 junk/spam text messsage. It really isn't until now that I have ever heard of text banking, Google, Yahoo, etc. being considered as "premium texting". I have never gotten charged for using any of those ever in the past through AT&T or any other service.
I've searched all through my Verizon online to see if I had the premium message thing blocked. It's not blocked. Nothing I have on there is blocked on my phone from what I can see. I tried calling Verizon but it seems they won't do anything until I have another phone to call them from so we can do all the "baby steps" and then they would troubleshoot. Unfortunately, this is my only phone at the moment and won't have access to another one for a while.
If there is something I am missing, please let me know.. If you know of a solution, please share. I have a Motorola Droid X so is there a setting, app, etc. on the phone that is preventing those texts from coming in?