Man celebrates birthday alone as phone company dismisses invitations as April 1 prank

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A Ho Chi Minh City man ended up alone at his birthday party on April 1 after his mobile network operator did not transmit his text messages thinking they were April fool spam messages.
Tuoi Tre newspaper Monday quoted Ly Van Khuong as saying he had sent invitations to 22 people, who later told him they did not get it.
When he called MobiFone, the operator, to find out what had happened, he was told that they did not send his messages because he had sent too many, and it was even more suspicious because it was All Fools’ Day.
Khuong was also banned from using the SMS service for a month.
A MobiFone spokesperson said Khuong had exceeded the number of messages allowed to be sent in a minute.
While he sent the message to the 22 people, it was divided into two since it was too long, making it more than 40.
The Ministry of Information and Communication had, in an attempt to stop spam messages, ordered last year end that no more than 30 messages per minute can be sent from a number.
Khuong said the operator should notify customers when it takes action for their violation of rules rather than doing things on the quiet.
It is not known if MobiFone has lifted the SMS ban.

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