It seems that everyone now owns a mobile phone however only 3% of mobile phone users have opted not to receive nuisance calls.
As from today you can easily opt out of nuisance calls by sending a simple text to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
The TPS are the ‘do not call me’ service to stop these people calling you to tell you that you have had an accident, offer you PPI or offer you the best investment in the world.
The “text-to-register” service allows mobile users to add their number to the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) register.
It is illegal for any telesales company or other organisations to make unsolicited sales and marketing calls to numbers registered with the TPS unless they have a person’s permission to do so.
How to register with the TPS:
Just text “TPS” followed by your email address to the number 78070.
After texting you will then notice a gradual reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing calls to your mobile after just a few days (although it can take up to 28 days to become fully effective).
John Mitchison whom is head of The Telephone Preference Service, said: “Rogue callers operate illegally and against the interests of ordinary people”.
“The Texting to Stop” option is easy and convenient and will make it easier for people to register their mobile numbers on the TPS register.
Ofcom Consumer Group Director Lindsey Fussell added: “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.
Author – Tim, TDF