Do Not Disturb: How To Activate Or Deactivate MTN DND

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Effective from July 1, 2016, Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC mandated all telecom operators to activate an sms filtering gateway known as DO NOT DISTURB. The DO NOT DISTURB (DND) facility was designed to give all telecom subscribers the freedom of deciding what messages to receive from their various network providers.

If you are still being regularly disturbed with several unsolicited spam text messages and calls, there is a way out.

MTN DND, also known as MTN Do Not Disturb allows MTN customers to opt out of receiving promotional and marketing text messages from third party services like Bulk SMS,OTPs, VAS promos, etc. However, this does NOT include promotional messages directly from MTN self.

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The MTN DND service features two blocking modes:

Full Blocking Mode allows subscribers to Opt Out totally from receiving promotional messages via SMS and IVR.

Partial Blocking Mode allows subscribers to filter service categories for promotional messages they wish to receive. Any category not selected is blocked.

How to Activate MTN DND
Text STOP to 2442 to stop your MTN line from receiving all third party promotional SMS and IVR messages.

How to Deactivate MTN Do Not Disturb
Text ALLOW to 2442 to opt out of MTN DND and start receiving all third party promotional SMS and IVR messages.

MTN DND Keywords Commands
The following SMS keywords can be used to set your MTN Do Not Disturb preferences :

“OUT” to receive all SMS and IVR messages
“SMS 1” for receiving SMS relating to Banking? Insurance/ Financial products to 2442
“SMS 2” for receiving SMS relating to real Estate to 2442
“SMS 3” for receiving SMS relating to Education to 2442
“SMS 4” for receiving SMS relating to Health to 2442
“SMS 5” for receiving SMS relating to Consumer goods and Automobiles to 2442”
“SMS 6” for receiving SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting Entertainment/IT to 2442
“SMS 7” for receiving SMS relating to Tourism and leisure to 2442
“SMS 8” for receiving SMS relating to Sports to 2442
“SMS 9” for receiving SMS relating to Religion to 2442
“STOP” to enable full blocking mode on your MTN line

“HELP” to list all applicable keywords commands and guide

You can send any of the above SMS keywords to 2442 on your MTN line, in order to see MTN DND in action.

The Do Not Disturb feature would ordinarily have been a very good feature to help subscribers reduce irrelevant and unsolicited SMS messages mostly emanating from the telecom companies and other third party marketing providers. However, the telecoms operators have smartly exempted themselves from this Do-Not-Disturb (DND) bulk SMS and call filtering.

Can the NCC walk their talk in this case? Let’s wait till then.

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The Do Not Disturb feature would ordinarily have been a very good feature to help us reduce irrelevant and unsolicited SMS messages most especially from atelecom companies themselves.

But the implementation has become something else. Until, NCC start biting more that it barks, Nigerians will continue to suffer the economic misrule of the 5%.

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Thank goodness, nothing is impossible. Even MTN? Ok na…. noted

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