Now is the time!!

Fed up with the telemarketers calls on your cell, The registration for National ‘Do-not-call’ is finally open through your service provider. Accordingly to this circular from TRAI you should register your numbers immediately.

The primary objective of the National Do Not Call Registry (NDNC Registry) is to curb Unsolicited Commercial Communication (UCC). UCC has been defined as “any message, through telecommunications service, which is transmitted for the purpose of informing about, or soliciting or promoting any commercial transaction in relation to goods, investments or services which a subscriber opts not to receive, but, does not include, —-
(i) any message (other than promotional message) relating to a service or financial transaction under a specific contract between the parties to such contract; or
(ii) any messages relating to charities, national campaigns or natural calamities transmitted on the directions of the Government or agencies authorized by it for the said purpose;
(iii) messages transmitted, on the directions of the Government or any authority or agency authorized by it, in the interest of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality.”

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In just another 45 days from your registration, yes that’s the time required for you and me to achieve the freedom from unwanted calls from Telemarketers!!

5 Comments so far

  1. zcd (unregistered) on August 28th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Hi all the link to the .pdf on the NDNC Registry is broken.

    It should read:

    Currently the link has a forward slash instead of a backwards slash so the .pdf you download will be corrupted.

    I am so glad this is finally being put into place, I receive uncountable unwanted commercial calls and texts from Airtel everyday.

  2. Rohini (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    This is a great step, the do no call list(for phone and mail)is very popular in the US. Not sure how it works in India but here the law lets any business call/spam you if you are currently their customer, also non profit and political campaigning messages are allowed.
    In general though what I saw on my visits was that cellphone etiquette is very bad in India. People stopped on roads and footpaths talking loudly, the chatter on the train was intolerable. The revolution is great but maybe someone should teach people that the world doesn’t end if they don’t answer every call.

  3. RAVI A (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 3:23 am

    Airtel’s system does not work. On calling their customer care I was informed that there is no option to register over phone and I have to login and register on their website! Simply preposterous to assume every phone user in India has access to PC/internet and knows how to use a web browser.

    Even after obtaining the login ID and requesting on their website I still could not register, as it threw up a vague error after pressing submit, although my input was absolutely correct.

    Bharti Airtel fails miserably in implementing or even respecting these regulations and gets away with it. If this is the state of affairs, all such toothless regulations will do scant good to us!

  4. Karthik (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    I logged in to my account at and went to the DNC link. The strange thing is you’re given two options – “Start Promotional calls and messages” and “Stop Promotional calls and messages”, with a radio button next to each. Now, what would a sane man with decent English language skills choose?

    I selected the ‘Stop’ one. And the resultant page said that I was not registered in the DNC registry and if I should want to change that status I should go back to the earlier page. So, I went back and tried the same thing a few more times. Same message.

    For the heck of it, I tried ‘Start’. And here’s what I got, as a result – “Your reference number for registering on NDNC is XXXXXXXXX. All promotional communication to your Airtel mobile will stop within 45 days from now.”

    Now, isn’t that completely weird?

  5. RAVI A (unregistered) on August 29th, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    Looks like Airtel did some changes to the page. I got the same options as in Karthik’s post above, but yesterday when I tried neither of them worked, and just gave an error message. I tried again just now and all I get is the following message for either of the options –
    “‘Your request has been submitted. It will be implemented within 48 hours from the date of submission.”
    That’s it, no reference number or anything!

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