Finally, We Can Tell MTN, Airtel, Glo And Etisalat To No Longer Disturb Us With Unsolicited SMS

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In 2014 I got a freelance gig with a UK company that is into mobile network performance tuning and analysis. They gave me money to buy two android phones and pay me monthly to keep them always on and connected to internet. I was told to put an MTN SIM in one and GLO SIM in the other. They have a proprietary software they guided me in installing on the phones to measure network performance and carry out test calls. But all these details are by the way. The important thing here is that despite no one knowing the phone number (including me) I have 1066 SMS on the MTN and 391 SMS on the Glo one.

Guess who sent all those SMS. The network providers themselves -- MTN and Glo. And I think I have deleted some of the SMS and they are still that high.

I was very glad when last week, I read that NCC has enforced the do-not-disturb short code 2442. 

To make the network providers stop sending you unsolicited SMS, just SMS STOP to 2442.

I did that and I think it's working. No more "get daily love tips", "your number has been selected to win N1 million", "get weekly finance tips", "delight your callers with Terry G's new song as your ringback tune", Akpos don come again o! Catch the chronicles of Akpos", "You have unclaimed offers, you have been awarded Quotes/Proverb and free surprise gift for N100/week" and other shamelessly spammy SMS.

Have you enabled the DND on your lines?


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