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Why does Koodo insert a string at the beginning of an SMS sent from the Web?


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I find that all the messages sent from the web page http://koodomobile.com/en/on/sendamessage.shtml have a weird string appended: http@192.168..... - what's up with that?

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Userlevel 7
The phone on the other end has to pull the string and a tiny digital parachute flies out to let the message safely land. That's probably not true but those messages are sent from the Web like a picture message so it's most likely an identifier for the system.
Chad Burr wrote:

The phone on the other end has to pull the string and a tiny digital parachute flies out to let t...

No, they are being sent as regular text messages.
Userlevel 6
I don't get that string. But that looks like a pArtial IP address.
RudyW wrote:

I don't get that string. But that looks like a pArtial IP address.

I tried it now and it does start with http@192.168... It is not my public IP, nor any other internal IP in my home network.
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RudyW wrote:

I don't get that string. But that looks like a pArtial IP address.

It's probably Koodo's IP that it's being set through
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RudyW wrote:

I don't get that string. But that looks like a pArtial IP address.

It's not a partial IP, I just didn't post all of it. 192.168.156.135. It looks that someone messed up the template and it does send the server IP - which is a private one. Obviously, for security reasons. Never got this in all my years with Bell. Koodo. ..we need this looked at.
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Hey there! Thank you for your feedback but no worries, it's the email server address so that our customers know where the text message comes from. ******************************************** If you see a good answer, give it a star.
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Pierre wrote:

Hey there! Thank you for your feedback but no worries, it's the email server address so that ...

Thanks for the reply, but like I said, I have an app that is used to track the phone in case it's lost. Even if GPS/WiFI/Data are not on, I can remotely turn them on via SMS. Or I could...when I was with Bell. Now I can't because of the string you are inserting in front of what should have been a command. This is rendering my app useless and increases the risk of me not being able to track the phone if lost or stolen. Really, the string is useless...being a private IP it tells me nothing about the source, nor does it help with anything. If anything I WILL know where it comes from based on the bogus number 999-999-9999. Please consider REMOVING IT. BTW: the app is AndroidLost and I fully recommend it to any Android user.
Userlevel 3
Can we have this tagged UNANSWERED as I don't care if Koodo is doing it on purpose or not, it's unwanted and detrimental for SMS processing. All it needs is some code tidy-up.

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