Friday, 1 July 2016

Introducing MTN and Etisalat Do-Not-Disturb Code - Opt Out Of Useless SMS

At last, Nigeria's Largest Telecommunications company, MTN has launched a code to be used to opt out of all the Unsolicited SMS messages that pops in your phone without your consent.

In the month of May 2016, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) issued an order to all telecommunication industries in the country to stop sending useless SMS and adverts to their customers lines without their consent or face being fined heavily for it. Now, i think MTN don't want to face the situation they met at the very end of last year so they are now the one to Kickstart the process in compliance with NCC direction.

We all know how painful and disturbing it is when your phone keep on beeping because of messages that doesn't interest you. We have even gone as far as using some apps to block certain numbers known for sending those Unsolicited messages but after everything, the network providers would still device a way to intrude into our lines and bombard us with adverts.

Thanks to MTN for complying

How To Stop Receiving Unsolicited SMS From MTN Via DND

• Send HELP to 2442
• You’ll see options to opt out from any particular sms campaign ranging from educational, health, sport, banking etc..

The Messages reads as below

SMS 7: Tourism & Leisure
SMS 8: Sport
SMS 9: Religion
STATUS: To check your DND status.

DND options.

Send STOP to 2442: To stop all sms.
Send ALLOW to 2442: To receive all SMS.
Send 1 to 2442: To receive Banking / Insurance/ Financial Products.
Send 2 to 2442: Real Estate.
Send 3 to 2442: Education.
Send 4 to 2442: Health.
Send 5 to 2442: To receive Consumer goods & Automobiles sms.
Send 6 to 2442: Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment"

How To Opt Out Of Etisalat Unsolicited SMS

Text STOP to 2442

banking,insurance & financial products: SMS 1 to 2442
=> real estate: SMS 2 to 2442
=> education SMS: 3 to 2442
=> health: SMS 4 to 2442
=> consumer goods & automobiles: SMS 5 to 2442
=> communication/broadcasting/entertainment/IT: SMS 6 to 2442
=> tourism & leisure: SMS 7 to 2442
=> sports: SMS 8 to 2442
=> religion: SMS 9 to 2442

So just reply with the corresponding number from the list above to opt out of any ad service.
This is a welcome development, we hope to hear from other network providers. Credit goes to NCC, they are really doing a great job in regulating the telecommunications industry in Nigeria

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