I've had a smartphone for more than a year. In that time I've downloaded quite a few apps, but the only one I've paid for is the full version of Words With Friends, because it went on sale and the price was right.
Last week I got a text message telling me I was subscribed to a Fun Facts service for $9.99 a month. That night I called our carrier to find out what was going on. After navigating through the automated phone maze I was connected with a real person, and found out I'd actually been charged!
I tried to find out how someone could do that without my permission. The representative gave me a sketchy answer, then told me I could put a purchase blocker on my number that would keep it from happening again. Sounded good to me, but I had to giggle when I realized that I'd signed up for "Parental Controls".
So if I do decide to purchase anything from a third-party site, do I have to ask my own permission?