The reason I am asking this question is that I just noticed 6 lots of £1.25 charges on my mobile phone bill. I called up the phone company and they said that they are charges from a company called Bounce Mobi, and that I had subscribed to it. I hadn't. They refunded the money, then I received the following email almost immediately:
We have received a request from your network provider that you would like to learn more about a subscription service that was requested on the mobile number 447719xxxxxx. Thank you for getting in touch - I have provided all the information you requested below:
You were subscribed to the Bounce.mobi Gaming Portal at a cost of £1.50 per week. Our records show that you interacted with one of our advertisements. This took you to our subscription page where you then confirmed your subscription on Saturday 2nd of January 2016 at 09:52:39 PM whilst browsing on your phone using a data connection. I have attached a picture of the type of subscription page which you interacted with in order to subscribe to this service. You will notice that the subscription page clearly shows all details of the service.
This subscription is still active however I have asked our customer service team to stop this subscription. The subscription will be cancelled within 1 working day and you will receive a text message to confirm this.
This is a subscription service where your weekly payment gives you access to our website, there will not be a downloaded 'app' on your phone. A link to the product is sent to you upon subscription via text message and in your monthly reminder message.
I hope this clears everything up, however, if you have any more queries then please feel free to call us on our helpline number, 0330 122 4968, or manage your subscription on our website www.mobilechargesupport.com.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, PLEASE CALL OUR HELPLINE NUMBER 0330 122 4968 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.mobilechargesupport.com WITH ANY QUERIES.
Kind regards, Emma Bounce.mobi
Note: The phone number was correct, not xxxxxx.
This did not occur, admittedly I may have accidentally clicked on an ad, but I didn't additionally confirm, that is for sure (the legal argument of taking money without further data input, name, address, etc would be a separate discussion).
I'm concerned my phone actually shared my mobile number with the website, as they allege. So my question is, is this even technically possible?