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Monthly complaints against telemarketing calls drops sharply

"Prior to the coming into force of the regulations from September 27, 2011, on an average 47,454 complaints were received per month (averaged over the period March 2010 to March 2011)," Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

Pesky calls: Over 51,000 numbers disconnected

The government has disconnected over 51,000 unregistered telephone numbers being used to carry out telemarketing activities till July, 2012.

Relief from pesky calls, SMSes from Sept 27

Subscribers have the option of choosing to be under the 'Fully Blocked' category, which is akin to the 'Do Not Call Registry'. If a user select the 'Partially Blocked' category, they will receive SMSes in categories chosen by them.

Telemarketers to get new landline number series in a week

Customers may soon get a respite from pesky calls and SMSes as the DoT has cleared the '140' number series exclusively for landline phones of telemarketing companies to help consumers recognise such calls.

TRAI to seek industry views on Do-Call Registry

Telecom regulator TRAI will issue consultation paper this week for stakeholders to elicit views on a `Do-Call` registry where only registered users would be called by the telemarketing firms.