You may know that you can register your landline number with the Telephone Preference Service which makes it illegal for companies to cold call you (except the ones abroad seem to get round it). About 85% of landlines are registered with the TPS.
Now you can do the same with your mobile phone.
Text “TPS” and your e-mail address (for verification purposes only) to 78070.
You will then receive a text from TPS saying you have been added to their database.
It can take up to 28 days for the service to be fully operative but you should notice an immediate reduction in nuisance calls.
It is already illegal for companies to send unsolicited text messages.
The head of TPS said “Texting will make it easier to register their mobile number and help us stamp out rogue callers.