MOBILE phone users can now block unwanted sales and marketing calls by texting their details to the Telephone Preference Service.
It is simple to do as well! Mobile phone users can opt out of nuisance calls by sending one, FREE text message.
Named ‘text to register’, all you have to do is text ‘TPS’ followed by your email address to 78070. That’s it, simple!
This ‘text-to-register’ service adds your number to the ‘do not call’ database of the Telephone Preference Service.
Communications regulator Ofcom said only 48% of people familiar with the TPS are aware that they can register a mobile number, compared with 88% for landlines – meaning only 2.9 million UK mobiles are registered.
The service can take up to 28 days to become fully effective, but a reduction in unwanted sales and marketing voice calls should be noticeable within a few days.
Organisations cannot legally make unsolicited calls to numbers registered with the TPS unless they have consent.
“Rogue callers operate illegally and against the interests of ordinary people,” said John Aitchison, head of the TPS.
“Texting will make it easier for people to register their mobile numbers on the TPS, which is the only official no-call list, and help us stamp out rogue callers once and for all by giving the Information Commissioner more ammunition to prosecute these case.”
How does ‘text-to-register’ work?
- To register your mobile phone number in the TPS database, text TPS and your email address to the shortcode 78070.
- You should receive a text reply from the TPS that confirms your mobile number has been added to its database.
Do the nuisance calls stop immediately?
You should notice a “gradual reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing voice calls after a few days”, according to Ofcom. But it can take up to 28 days for the service to become fully effective. A study commissioned by Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office found mobile phone customers registered with the TPS saw a 31 per cent reduction in nuisance calls.
Will registering stop spam text messages?
No. Registering with the TPS does not prevent spam text messages. You can report spam texts to your mobile network operator however by simply forwarding the text to the shortcode 7726.