Why you should not activate Do Not Disturb yet on your line

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Not long ago, NCC enforced Nigerian mobile networks to introduce a service called “Do Not Disturb”. It was setup to stop users from receiving unsolicited text messages. But how effective is this service?

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According to the “MTN Do Not Disturb” page:

The Do-Not-Disturb service allows MTN customers to opt out of receiving promotional messages for 3rd Party services (Bulk SMS, VAS promos, etc.)

We all know, the major disturbances come from our network providers, but the above definition indicates Bulk SMS, and VAS (Value Added Service) promos are from 3rd party services. Here’s another question from the page:

Are promotional messages for MTN services included in DND?
NO. DND service will only be introduced for 3rd party services e.g. VAS, Bulk SMS etc.

You see what’s happening? 😀 This clearly means that subscribing for Do Not Disturb doesn’t necessarily stop you from receiving unsolicited text messages. It rather means you will not receive messages sent to your line through bulk SMS and other third party applications, some of which may be important to you.


  1. kai, the way all these companies play with the details of their services. Very soon human being will need a lawyer just to go about his daily activities

  2. chai… naija sha… what implicit rubbish? will know if I have fallen victim by moro

  3. I’ve rested in the past few days from Airtel’s spam texts. Though not my main line, I get more SMS and calls from them than all my contacts combined. I have spam calls/SMS blocking but still the notifications will still come in because you don’t know when an important SMS is pushed to archive just because overzealous spam blocker

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