Dear Lazyweb, please tell me how to use AIM.

Some time ago, I signed up with the thing on that lets you forward AIM messages to your cell phone via SMS. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but was a pain in the ass because their website is constructed entirely of Fail.

Anyway, I thought I had turned it off, but it seems to have turned itself back on again, and I can't make it go away. At random times people's messages will come to my phone as SMS even though I'm sitting right there at my desktop, logged in and non-idle.

At the time, I was under the impression that their web site A) only worked in Firefox, not Safari, and B) only worked if you gave it your handle without spaces in it (e.g., "yesthatjwz" instead of "yes that jwz"). The failure mode in most cases is that there are no controls on the damned web page because the "Mobile Dashboard" widget doesn't show up at all.

But now I can't make it ever show up.

I just want to turn this bullshit off forever and make AOL no longer know what my cell phone number is. How?

I can't find a tech support page, either.

Update: I think I finally managed to delete my phone number. I think the Mobile Dashboard only shows up in Firefox, and only shows up once per Firefox session. Want to see it again? Quit Firefox and restart. Logging out and back in to the site doesn't do it.

Or maybe the AOL site is just completely nondeterministic. Who knows.

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9 Responses:

  1. you need to send sms from your phone to unsubscribe.
    depending on your provider, send empty message (or message with letter "A" if empty message is not allowed) to:
    4647 (tmobile, verizon, cingular)
    265001 (alltel, some cingular, cricket)

    disclaimer: unsubscribe works for me if i actually subscribed using a phone. i never used aol website to subscribe to sms.

  2. spikenheimer says: is where the dashboard comes up for me in safari.

    it appears that you can delete a phone # from there as well.

  3. revsphynx says:

    Maybe this is too simplistic, but could you bring up AIM on your computer, have it send you the message that lets you know you are signed in in 2 locations, type "1" to log yourself out at the other location, and then log off on your computer?

    As I haven't used mobile AOL in like 4 years, I have no idea if this will work or not.

    • jwz says:

      No, the IM forwarding thing is differently-magic than that, since your phone isn't really "logged in".

  4. krick says:

    when you dance with the devil....