It gets really infuriating when you are engaged in some important work when your mobile phone rings and when you pick up, you are showered with some credit card offers, insurance policies and some other crap. So how do you avoid getting such phone calls or SMS messages?
How Do not Disturb (DND) services actually get started
After receiving tones of complaints from mobile phone subscribers, telecom ministry has formed a directory of ‘Do Not Disturb’ registry throughout the nation. Once you get subscribed into this website or send an SMS, your number will enrolled into their registry within 45days and you can be relaxed as you will not be getting any further unwanted calls or SMS messages from advertisers.
Why do we get commercial SMS / Calls
Service providers make money by allowing advertisers to send SMS’s to their customers; hence they wouldn’t want its users to subscribe to DND services.
How to register for Do not disturb (DND) or Do not call services:
You can register by Dialing 1909 or sending SMS to 1909. 1909 is the national do not disturb/ call number which should work from any mobile numbers. DND registry allows you to selectively/completely blocks call so that you will have control on what kind of marketing calls you receive. Here you go with the instructions…
Dial 1909 and go through the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) or via customer care executive.
Registrations using SMS for Fully Blocked category – Type ‘START 0’ to 1909
For Partially Blocked category –
“START 1” Banking/ Insurance / Financial products/Credit cards
“START 2” Real Estate
“START 3” Education
“START 4” Health
“START 5” Consumer goods and automobiles
“START 6” Communication /Broadcasting / Entertainment /IT
“START 7” Tourism and Leisure
On successful registration, customer will receive an SMS confirming exercised options and a Unique Registration Number within 24hrs. The registration will be effective within 7 days of placing the request with the service provider.