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Website warns of high-cost mobile porn

A new website wants you to know what to expect before you spend big downloading topless dancers and the crazy frog ringtone to your phone.

Crazy Frog: teeth-achingly annoying but oh-so popular(Credit: TurboForce3D.com)

We've all seen the ads on late night TV: SMS dating, wild nude girls, love matches, horoscopes and insanely annoying ringtones, all ready to download to your phone. We seriously don't know who uses these services, but whoever you are — listen up — the following is for you.

The official name for these services is Mobile Premium Services (MPS) and a new website hopes to educate customers about what to expect from these services. Often those using MPS are stung with shockingly high mobile phone bills by unwittingly subscribing to unwanted ongoing service agreements.

19sms.com.au has all the information you need to know before blowing your hard-earned money on Crazy Frog sound bites. The site features details about how you typically pay for MPS and, more importantly, information about how to unsubscribe to the services once you have opted in. In most cases, it is simply a matter of SMSing the word "STOP" to the 19 number you originally messaged to access the service.

The site also lists the various avenues that you can take if you feel you've been treated unfairly by an 19 number premium content service or if you've been receiving unsolicited spam from a content provider.

So before you get loaded this weekend and start thinking you really do need "live nude Russian beauties direct to your mobile", check out 19sms.com.au to see exactly what you can expect to pay for their company.