Stop nuisance calls to your mobile with a text
This is perfect for those who are sick of the PPI and accident claims companies calling them
From today, mobile phone users can now send a text message to opt out of nuisance calls.
The new “text-to-register” service allows mobile phone users to add their phone number to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) “do not call” database.
To sign up simply text TPS followed by your phone number to the number 78070.
This will result in a gradual reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing voice calls after a few days.
It is illegal for organisations to make unsolicited sales and marketing calls to numbers registered with the TPS unless they have a person’s permission to do so.
John Mitchison, of the TPS, said: “Rogue callers operate illegally and against the interests of ordinary people. 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 cases.”
Ofcom Consumer Group Director Lindsey Fussell added: “Many millions of landline customers already take advantage of the protection the TPS gives against nuisance calls, and we want to ensure it’s as easy as possible for mobile users to do the same.”
According to Ofcom, only 48% of people familiar with the TPS are aware that mobile numbers can be registered, compared to 88% for landline phone numbers.