AT&T’s Mark the Spot app, which allows subscribers to report problems with AT&T’s cellular network, was updated this week to add the ability to report spam SMS messages.
Mark the Spot first debuted in the App Store in December 2009 when AT&T was the sole carrier for the iPhone in the U.S. Since then it’s seen several updates and the most recent update is a welcome one for those of us who receive spam text messages.
While the reporting process for a spam text message is a little awkward (you’ll need to start the submission as you would for a poor data connection or other issue), you’ll see further instructions asking you to forward the spam message to SPAM (7726). Once you forward the spam SMS, you’ll receive a reply from AT&T asking you to reply with the phone number of the spam text’s sender.
While the app doesn’t say what will happen once you forward a message, we presume AT&T will save and track the phone numbers submitted that sent spam text messages and then move to block messages from these numbers once the spamming has been verified. It may not be ideal to ensure you never receive another spam text message again but it’s a welcome step in the right direction.