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How to block a phone number using the telephone preference service.

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Do you get sales calls that you don't want? Are you tired of rushing to answer the phone only to find its someone from a call centre? You can stop many unwanted calls by registering with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).
What you'll need: 
A computer with internet service
Your telephone numbers - landline and mobile
Your postcode
Your address
1: 
Got to the website www.tpsonline.org.uk (link at the end of the article). The TPS is a completely free service.
2: 
Click 'Register' from the menu in the left hand side of the page.
3: 
Input you telephone number. Additional telephone numbers can be added using the link. Both land line and mobile telephone numbers can be registered.
4: 
Once you have added all your number, press continue.
5: 
Enter your postcode and then select your address from the list shown.
6: 
You will need to enter your name and email address. A confirming email will be sent to your email address. Click the link in the email, and you are finished.
7: 
You should stop receiving calls from the UK within 28 days. The service does not cover calls from overseas or SMS messages.
8: 
If you get an unsolicited call more than 28 days after registration, you can use the TPS complaints procedure. This can be found on the TPS website.
9: 
Tell any unwanted callers that you are registered with the TPS and to take you off their list. This should prevent them trying again.
Conclusion: 
Registering with the TPS is straight forward and can stop calls from UK companies.
Tips: 
For unsoliticed SMS messages, complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ( link below)
To reduce 'Silent calls' register with Silent CallGuard service on 0844 3722325.
You can register your business number with the TPS
Use the Mail Preference Service to prevent unwanted Mail
Use the Fax Prefernce service to prevent unwanted faxes.
Warnings: 
Be sure you have given permission to companies you do want to call you.

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