Ofcom plan opt-out text messaging service
Sick of being mithered by unwanted text messages from companies? Well, Ofcom are planning to give everyone a service which will enable you to opt-out of them, making it illegal for businesses to contact you with their spam.
Ofcom have been working with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) so you can stop these pest texts, and you can register your mobile with the TPS by texting OPT OUT to 80057. The watchdog is also looking at other ways of stopping phone nuisances, such as blocking calls with 'malformed numbers, or looking at the duration of calls, so they can identify numbers that persistently make calls of less than a second.
With unwanted calls on the up, figures show that around 72% of Brits have had at least one cold call from a company in the last month on their mobile. On landlines, the figure is even higher.
"Despite some good progress, we're still seeing high levels of unwanted calls and texts so more needs to be done to put an end to this everyday menace once and for all."
"The Government, regulators and business need to continue to work together to tackle this problem, with further action to cut nuisance calls off at source and make senior executives accountable if their company is caught flouting the rules," said Richard Lloyd, Which!!! executive director.