If you didn’t read the 30 page Verizon service agreement document when you purchased your phone, you probably missed this line:
We (Verizon) believe that it will benefit our customers to be able to share information with Verizon affiliates, so that they can receive information about all products and services that Verizon has to offer, including bundled offerings of Verizon Telecom and Verizon Wireless. Customers who don’t want that information can tell us so, by “opting out.”
In other words, Verizon thinks it has your best interest in mind when it sells information about your phone usage to companies that deliver ads to your phone. If you disagree, or would prefer not to have the “opportunity” to be spammed with ads, follow the following steps to opt-out of Verizon’s Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) settings.
Step 1: Go to www.vzw.com and login to your account.
Step 2: Roll over the “Account” link, then click on “Account Profile”
Step 3: Click on “Manage Privacy Settings”
Step 4: Click on the “Don’t Share CPNI” radio button for all phone numbers.
Click on the “submit” button and you’re all done. Congratulations, you have now protected your privacy and reduced the number of ads sent to your phone.