19 September 2007

No more LOANS and Credit Cards! NDNC is here…..finally.

Scene 1: Yours’ Truly is in b/w an important conversation when the phone rings up…..Tring..Tring…

Caller(a girls’ voice):Hello….sir,is it Vaneet Aggarwal.
me: Yes(how the hell she knows my name!!, but who cares :) )
Caller:Sir,i’m from ICICI/HDFC/ABN-AMRO/HSBC bank and wanted to tell you about our new Free-for-Lifetime GOLD card and its features…..
me(what the heck!!):Thank you very much mam, but I already have one!

Scene 2: I’m doing some important work and suddenly….TRING…TRING…0120-41******, i pick up the phone suspectingly….

caller(again a girl): Goodmorning sir,is this Vaneet Aggarwal
me: Yes. (she knows me too,I’m famous!!!)
caller: Sir our bank is offering a Personal Loan of 3 lakhs, would you be interested?
me(as much i am interested in the sum): sorry mam, but i have enough money. Take it from me if you require one.(and I hang up)

    We all have received such menacing calls which have now become a very routine affair.As much as you want to talk :), its really frustrating to receive such unsolicited calls and SMSes when you expect them the least.

But no more.As many of you would already know, TRAI has set up an National DO-NOT-CALL (NDNC) to finally save us from the menace.

The NDNC Registry will be a data base having the list of all telephone numbers of the subscribers who do not want to receive Unsolicited Commercial Communication(UCC).After the establishment of NDNC registry, Telephone subscriber (Landline or mobile) who does not wish to receive UCC, can register their telephone number with their telecom service provider for inclusion in the NDNC. Telecom Service Provider shall upload the telephone number to the NDNC within 45 days of receipt. The Telemarketer will have to verify their calling telephone numbers list with the NDNC registry before making a call.An amount of Rs 500/- per call/message has been prescribed to discourage telemarketers who make calls to numbers registered in Do Not Call list. The defaulter telemarketer will face disconnection of telecom service. ‘

You can enter you number in the NDNC through the wesite of your service provider.The requests which are sent through the telecom service providers will be stored in National Do Not Call Registry, meaning that no body(including your service provider) will be allowed to call you for unsolicited commercial purposes.

You can contact them for details here.


Stop Unsolicited Calls from Airtel

Airtel customers can SMS “START DND” to 121. You will receive a Unique Reference Number by SMS, for your records. Airtel Broadband and Telephone Services customer can call Customer Care at 121 from your Airtel landline phone and place your request. Get details here.

Stop Telemarketing Calls from Hutch

If you wish to stop receiving such communication and want to register yourself on the NDNC registry, simply SMS ACT DND to 111 or fill in the following form.

Stop Telemarketing Calls from Idea Cellular

Should you desire to stop receiving such communication from Idea, all you need to do is to fill the form. The fine print say they require 30 working days to remove your number from the telemarketing lists.

Block Unsolicited Calls from MTNL

The MTNL Delhi service takes you to fill a form on the Unified web Portal which asks for your LandLine / CDMA / GSM No. or Customer Account No.

Block Telemarketing Calls from Reliance Mobile

If you do not wish to be informed about deals through telephone calls or by SMS, you can unsubscribe from such communication by filling up the form. They will stop call within 30 days from the date of submission.

Block Telemarketing Calls from Tata Indicom

If you do not wish to be disturbed by unsolicited calls from Tata Indicom, go here

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