MTN Nigeria has introduced a new feature called Do-Not-Disturb (DND) list which allows you to stop every unsolicited SMS or unwanted campaign messages. This is coming after the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC announced it will slam a N5 million naira fine against telcos for harassing Nigerians with unsolicited SMS and Calls
Though, one can use special applications like Truecaller to unlock hidden numbers, block annoying SMS/calls from telecom providers, the rate at which Telcos have been dishing out unsolicited SMS and calls to their subscribers is really alarming. Whether you subscribe to a service or not, you are forced to receive at least 3 unsolicited SMS daily.
Subscribers now have the opportunity to opt-out of any unsolicited message they don’t want, by using the Do-Not-Disturb (DND) list. Moreover, operators generated SMS shall comply with the 8am to 8pm stipulation (12 hour period) for sending SMS to subscribers.
Stop Unsolicited SMS From MTN Using Do-Not-Disturb (DND)
Send HELP to 2442 for free and you’ll see options to opt out from any particular SMS campaign ranging from educational, health, sport, banking etc. More importantly, it is absolutely free of charge.
Other Telcos – Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria and Globacom – are yet to follow suite. However, Do-Not-Disturb list from MTN Nigeria is a welcome idea as we look forward to an end in privacy invasion.