SMS Voting Terms

AMERICAN IDOL voting via SMS from your mobile device - votes will only be accepted under the following regulations: 
1.   To participate, text the promoted keyword (numbers 1 to 13) to the short code: i.e., “Text 1 to 83676”. 
2.   Your carrier's standard message and data rates may apply. 
3.   To opt-out of the promotion at any time, send STOP, QUIT, CANCEL, END or UNSUBSCRIBE to 83676. 
4.   To get help with voting by SMS, send HELP to 83676, or e-mail Telescope customer service at 
5.   During a valid vote window, users will receive 1 ‘Thanks for Voting' message per contestant voted for, per vote episode, regardless of the number of votes cast. 
6.   Only the first 50 votes per contestant per mobile phone number per voting episode that are cast from a user within a valid vote window, will be counted, but message and data rates may apply to all SMS votes cast (even those in excess of 50). 

Subscribers must:
•   Use a wireless device capable of two-way messaging 
•   Provide their own wireless device 
•   Be using a participating service provider/carrier 
•   Be a wireless service subscriber with text messaging services 
•   Be a wireless service subscriber with a participating carrier with a telephone area code from within the 50 US States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands 
•   Participating carriers in the US are: 
•   AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, Boost, Alltel, U.S. Cellular, Cricket Wireless, Nextel Wireless, Virgin Mobile, Dobson, Cincinnati Bell, Cellular South, NTELOS, CellCom, Carolina West, Bluegrass Cellular, Cellular One, Centennial Communications, EKN, GCI Comms, Illinois Valley Cellular, Immix, Inland Cellular, Nex-Tech, Revol, United Wireless, West Central Wireless.

Data Rates/Charges

Message and data rates may apply. A wireless service provider may charge for each text message that is sent and received. Messages sent and received include:
•   SMS/text votes sent;
•   THANKS FOR VOTING message received;
•   STOP message sent;
•   HELP message sent;
•   VOTING CLOSED message received; and
•   UNRECOGNIZABLE message received.

Please make sure you do the following:
•   Consult your wireless service provider regarding their pricing plans.
•   Message and data charges will appear on the customer's cell phone bill or be deducted from their prepaid account.

SMS Services
The service is offered on an ‘as is' basis and
•   May not be available in all areas at all times;
•   May not continue to work in the event of product, software, coverage or other service changes made by your wireless carrier;
•   Administrator(s) are not responsible for damages from use of service;
•   Without notice the service can change or be discontinued;
•   At any time by giving prior notice charges can be incurred and disagreeing to charges would discontinue the service.
•   We do not use the Service to knowingly solicit data from or market to children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with information without their consent, he or she should contact us at We will delete such information from our files within a reasonable time.
•   Certain Services may be changed without notice or be discontinued

By SMS/text voting you agree that all information collected in connection with the AMERICAN IDOL SMS vote method is governed by the Privacy Policy located at and may be used for all permissible purposes set forth therein.

FOX Broadcasting Company ("FOX"), FremantleMedia North America, Inc., 19 Entertainment, Inc. and CORE Media Group, Inc. (collectively, "Producers"), Telescope, Inc., and the administrators of AMERICAN IDOL , their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated entities and any persons employed by any of the foregoing, are not responsible and shall not be liable for any losses/injuries or any kind resulting from lost, incomplete, late, damaged or misdirected votes; inability to access the voting; difficulties, failures or malfunctions of computers and/or Internet connections or wireless services or other communications malfunctions; interrupted or unavailable network, server; failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion or for any technical problem which may cause the voting to be disrupted or corrupted; computer on-line systems, telecast, or cable malfunctions; human error; satellite transmission failures or delayed telecasts or preemption of or the failure of a cable affiliate to televise the promotion; any damage to entrants or any third person's computer and/or wireless device, and/or its contents related to or resulting from this promotion; any votes that are not in compliance with these Terms and Conditions (such votes to be deemed disqualified), nor any other loss directly or indirectly caused by participation in this promotion or related voting. Producers reserve the absolute right to disqualify any voter (and/or their respective vote(s)) who votes by any electronic, mechanical or automated means, or otherwise tampers with the voting process or promotion, or for any other reason, as determined by Producers in their sole discretion. 

This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California applicable to contracts made and fully to be performed therein. All actions, proceedings or litigation brought by either party against the other party shall be arbitrated by, and under the rules of, J.A.M.S./Endispute in binding arbitration in Los Angeles, California and before a mutually selected arbitrator.

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