Sunday, November 26, 2006

Do not disturb, for heaven's sake!

This must come as a welcome surprise to you if you do not like being waken up in the night or be disturbed for no reason at all, which is what most of the mobile service providers have been doing for a long time now. I fail to understand why they are called service providers at all. Bad service is not service, after all.

There seems to be some way to relief, however:
Interestingly, not many subscribers know a more recent development among private telecom companies wherein they have decided to maintain a "Do Not Disturb" registry.

The "Do Not Disturb" registry is the telecom industry's act of self-regulation.
My earlier attempts to block the unsolicited spam SMS messages by sending a retro SMS didn't work. Looks like now we got to fill up an online form to subscribe to the "Do not disturb" service, which again is something I do not understand. The setting is like we'd be disturbed by default, and we can opt not to be. Typical. The kind of stuff that can happen only in India.

Anyway, here are the links to subscribe to the ‘Do not disturb’ service:

For other provides, Google for the same.

The funny thing is such Goody services are never advertised or communicated anywhere. And I REALLY wonder if people, even some of them, actually read and respond to those unsolicited messages at all.

Hope we get some respite from now on.


At Monday, November 27, 2006 1:27:00 AM, Blogger Vimal said...

Seriously, it only goes to increase the hatred towards the service provider.
The worst thing is when u are on roaming and receive calls from the service provider about some offer and u get charged for taking the call.

Anyways, did the registration in the site help? Did they actually stop those spams? If so I would like to do the same.

At Monday, November 27, 2006 1:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happens to be a subscription 'request' and the request will take 72 hours to get processed. Will let you know if this worlds. My feeling is it will coz there's been a directive from the courts.

At Monday, November 27, 2006 2:07:00 PM, Blogger Bhars said...

I've understood something... all media is conspiring... towards something... tv, radio, mobile all are into big time advertising... taking our mind share... i wont be surprised if a few years down the line we get paid for painting some ads on our cars or some private property... its the day of brands and mindshare... i see it coming... thanks for the links though... I unsubscribed!

At Monday, November 27, 2006 2:17:00 PM, Blogger Jam said...

Hey Govar,

Have subscribed for the same using the link given by you. Now, let's see what happens.


At Monday, November 27, 2006 6:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Jam: Yeah lets hope for the best.

@Bhars: What you say is possible and even very much tolerable - as long as they are ready to compensate us - monetary or non-monetary - for advertising on their behalf or be on the wrong end of all their non-sensical ads. But the current system irritates you AND doesn't compensate you, which is intolerable.

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:25:00 PM, Blogger Hypnos said...

I got an SMS 'advertising' this service yesterday on my prepaid card, otherwise I'd have known about this facility first from this blog...

funny part is that I don't seem to need this now, since I'm not getting any promotional messages on this card. I used to get those on my corporate connection, but then I didn't know of this...

At Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Lucifer: Is this Amit Sharma? Anyway, nice to know that such messages actually come as Ads. I probably didn't even notice coz I delete all of them without even as much as winking the eye.

At Monday, December 04, 2006 5:16:00 PM, Blogger Shiva said...

This is Shiva.. am using both Aircel/Airtel.. they both have this donot disturb registration via sms and web-form... I have tried these web-forms in Aircel in vain for the past 6 months... I have fought with their customer care ("No sir, we cannot stop those SMS, we send only useful stuff!!!).
Funny, when I tried to send BLOCK to 222 in my Airtel prepaid, they instantly stopped the per-call cost sms that comes after each call. But the promotional SMS and calls only seem to be coming more after that BLOCK request. Airtel Cust Care keeps on saying it will take 48/72 hours, but it is weeks since I gave my first request.

This self-regulatory thing is only a hype - they dont seem to be serious about it. The way they are promoting stuff in Airtel-Live, it looks like all their customer base is "For-SALE" property.

Only a strict legislation and its implementation can stop this.


At Monday, December 04, 2006 5:31:00 PM, Blogger Shiva said...

The Aircel link that I used (in vain);

At Thursday, December 07, 2006 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

It's official. Im starting to get douubts if this thing works. Hell with these mobile 'nuisance' providers!

At Sunday, April 15, 2007 8:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a Link to Do Not Call / Disturb India.

This website has the best links to all those mischief mongers

At Saturday, April 28, 2007 4:15:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

One way I try to handle these calls is I maintain a entry called "Jerks" in my phonebook and I keep adding new numbers to it as and when I get these calls.
This does not get rid of the nuisance though
But it filters out many of them without me picking them up. More like the way Spam Busters work for emails. I hope someone from Nokia or Samsung reads this and adds a feature like this in their new phones. I am sure they would sell like hot cakes :)

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