Ofcom Launches Text Service to Combat Unsolicited Sales Calls

TPSOfcom has launched a text-to-register service for UK mobile owners to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls.

By texting the word TPS and their email address to the shortcode 78070, users can add their number to the UKs official ‘do not call’ database.

The move is intended to help drive awareness of the TPS service on mobile, as only three per cent of all mobile numbers (2.9m) are registered on this database, compared 85 per cent for landlines (18.5m). Ofcoms research shows that only 48 per cent of people familiar with the TPS are aware that mobile numbers can be registered.

“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,” said Ofcom consumer group director Lindsey Fussell. “We encourage anyone who wants to reduce the number of frustrating and unwanted calls to their mobile phone to register with the TPS today.”