Say goodbye to nuisance calls with a text

You can now avoid unsolicited and marketing calls by simply sending a text to a number launched by Ofcom and TPS.

Texting 'TPS' and your e-mail address to 78070 will add your number to UK's official ‘do not call’ database, but will not save you from spam texts.

The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) mandates that it is illegal to call a number which is registered in its 'do not call' database, but if you register your number by sending a text today, unsolicited calls will not disappear instantly but their frequency will diminish gradually and will stop completely after a month or so.

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Once TPS receives your text, it will reply with a text confirming that your number has been registered in its database. If yu don't receive a reply, it would mean that either you did not follow the correct procedure or you did not send it to the correct number.

EVen though this is the easiest way to get your number registered in the 'do not call' database, there are several other ways too. The quickest way to do it is to block numbers directly on your handset, but if companies use hundreds of different numbers to constantly call people, blicking numbers manually won't save you from such calls, at least temporarily.

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You can also register your number for free with the Telephone Preference Service by calling 0345 070 0707. All unsolicited calls will completely stop within 28 days but if violations occur, you can lodge a complain with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and Ofcom. To make a compplaint, you will need to have information about such calls like the date and time of such calls, name of the firm clling you and the numbers you were called from.

If you want to get rid of unsolicited and spam texts as well, you can forward such texts to 7726 for free and will get a confirmation in return. Back in 2004, UK's major networks (EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three) teamed up with industry body GSM Association and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to offer the option to forward unrequested SMS messages to the 7726 number.

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