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Ofcom are launching a nuisance call blocker for mobiles

Ofcom are launching a nuisance call blocker for mobiles

UK communications regulator Ofcom have partnered with Telephone Preference Services (TPS) to help mobile phone users opt out from unwanted marketing and sales calls.

The new service will operate on a 'text-to-register' basis and will allow mobile users receiving unsolicited calls to add their numbers to a 'do not all database'. Any companies that call numbers registered with TPS without prior conscent are breaking the law.

TPS head John Mitchison has commented on the services saying, "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's consumer group director Lindsey Fussell has also commented on the new service, "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."

"We encourage anyone who wants to reduce the number of frustrating and unwanted calls to their mobile phone to register with the TPS today."

Customers can register their mobile number by texting 'TPS', followed by their email address to 78070. After registering cusotmers will receive a text from TPS confirming that their number has been added to the database.

After registering customers should notice a reduction in unsolicited sales and marketing voice calls. Please note that it can take up to 28 days for the service to become fully effective.