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Ofcom releases a service that lets mobile users send a free text message to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls.

“Hi Matthew, our records [incorrectly] indicate that you’ve had an accident in the past six months…”

We all get calls like that to our mobiles; they’ve been a regular occurrence for a number of years now. From today, however, you can stop them with one text message.

On 27th May, Ofcom launched a service where ‘mobile phone users can send a simple, free text message to opt out of unsolicited sales and marketing calls’.

This text-to-register service has been released in order to raise awareness of the TPS service among mobile users. While the service has become popular among landline users - with 18.5 million numbers already registered - mobile take-up has not been as strong, with only 2.9 million numbers registered (about 3% of numbers in the UK).

By texting ‘TPS’, followed by your email address, to 78070, you can register your mobile phone on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) – a free-to-join opt-out register. Once registered, you’re protected from receiving these sorts of calls.

So, if you’d like to stop receiving unsolicited calls on your mobile, there’s now a quick and easy way to do it.

You can read Ofcom’s full statement here.