Want to free yourself from those annoying SMS from your various network providers?
Unwanted texts can be annoying and unexpectedly costly, especially if your data plan doesn’t allow unlimited texts. If you’re getting mountains of texts from a clingy ex or an automated spam-bot, your inbox space is being wasted and your bank account’s being drained. Nip the problem in the bud before your next billing statement! This guide will help you block unwanted texts once and for all.
Nigerian Telcos Do Not Disturb feature is of two types, there is a partial mode and there is a full mode. The full mode stops all promotional messages and calls, while the partial mode allows you to block only certain categories of the unsolicited calls and messages.
So here are the steps laid out by NCC to stop receiving those nuisance messages and calls. The NCC has laid out 2 separate processes, you can either have a Full Do Not Disturb (DND) or a Partial DND.
A Full DND is when you do not want to receive any unsolicited messages whatsoever. What you need to do for a Full DND is to text the word ‘STOP’ to 2442. This should automatically remove your number from all marketing messages.
A Partial DND is when you still want to receive marketing messages, but only from specific sectors. Below are the different words you need to text to 2442 to opt in for those specific sectors:
- “SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking/Insurance/Financial products to 2442.
- “SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to Real Estate to 2442.
- “SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442.
- “SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442.
- “SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer goods and Automobiles to 2442.
- “SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT to 2442
- “SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure to 2442.
- ‘SMS 8″ for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442.
- “SMS 9′ for receiving SMS relating to Religion( Christianity, Islam, others) to 2442.
The shortcode works for all networks.
If you send a request for a Full or Partial DND, and your network operator fails to action this, and you are still receiving unwanted soliciting messages, then you can report to the NCC.
To make a complaint, you can call the Complaints line on 622, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or complete an online complaint here – http://consumer.ncc.gov.ng/file-a-consumer-complaint/
To block just some categories of promotional calls and messages, use the SMSs keywords below to do so. Just text the one you want to 2442.
- STOP: To stop all SMS and IVR messages.
- ALLOW: To receive all SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 1: To receive Banking / Insurance/ Financial Products SMS.
- SMS 2: To receive Real Estate SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 3: To receive Education SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 4: To receive Health SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 5: To receive Consumer goods & Automobiles SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 6: To receive Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 7: To receive Tourism & Leisure SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 8: To receive Sports SMS and IVR messages.
- SMS 9: To receive Religion SMS and IVR messages.
- STATUS: To check airtel, 9mobile and glo do not disturb feature status.
This service is free of charge for both activation and deactivation.
So there you have it, all the steps to follow to stop receiving nuisance marketing calls on your mobile phone in Nigeria.
Please note that this information is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice
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