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Mobile spam messages to be blocked in UAE soon

Telecommunications operators du and etisalat to provide subscribers with information on how to block incoming text messages

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 09:13 May 23, 2010

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  • The option to block unwanted promotions text messages will be made available based on the subscriber's request.

Dubai: Mobile phone subscribers in the UAE will soon have the choice of blocking unwanted commercial and promotional text messages. 

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that it has asked telecommunications operators du and etisalat to provide subscribers with information on how to block incoming text messages. 

A TRA official told the local Arabic newspaper Emarat El Youm that beginning next June subscribers will be able to block all spam messages. 

The TRA has reached an agreement with du and etisalat on the matter and the option to block unwanted promotions text messages will be made available based on the subscriber's request. 

The only exception will be text messages sent by banks as it is a service provided to update customers on their bank accounts, said the official.

Comments (2)

  1. Added 13:04 May 24, 2010

    Welcome to this What about fraud calls like won 500K dhms in etisalat lottory and send 1200 dirhams to release the fund. against this I have twice registered complaints to etisalat call center after that I don know the result. I hope TRA & service provider will take action on this

    Mohamed Sithik, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:39 May 24, 2010

    well.its an excellent idea to get rid of those addvertisement sms for which i haven't subscribed ever. good work.

    sundus , sharjah, Pakistan

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