How to activate Partial DND & receive SMS from selected categories

Starting September 27th, the Do Not Disturb (DND) regulations from TRAI will kick-in, meaning mobile users who have subscribed to the National Do Not Call Registry will stop receiving unsolicited SMS or Calls from telemarketers, financial institutions, advertisers and any other pesky services that harangue users by sending such messages.

While this is a good (and long overdue) move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which will guarantee some peace of mind to consumers, there is a flipside to it as well. Mobile users will also not receive “informational” messages from various services providers or institutions. For example, you will receive (not sure though) any SMS about the call taxi that you had just booked or the confirmation SMS from an eCommerce site that you made a purchase on.

Though the unsolicited messages menace is a genuine one, there are some messages that users will actually need and await for. How to address that, you might ask.

Well, there is a way to implement Partial DND i.e. selectively activate the do not disturb services for a particular category. Details below:

There are seven categories into which the message senders are divided into:

  1. Banking / Insurance / Financial Products / Credit Cards
  2. Real Estate
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. Consumer Goods / Automobiles
  6. Communication / Broadcasting / Entertainment / IT
  7. Tourism / Leisure

For de-activating the DND facility for, say, Consumer Goods, you have to send an SMS as

START 5

to 1909 allowing you to receive SMS alerts from all Consumer Goods companies. These SMSes will only be sent between 9 AM to 9 PM.

For multiple categories, you can send an SMS as

START 2,3

to 1909 to allow messages from Real Estate and Education categories.

In case you wouldn’t want to miss any messages from any or all of the above categories, just send an SMS as

STOP 0

to 1909 to de-register from the DND service totally.

You can also dial 1909 and follow the IVR to select partial or full DND. Mobile service providers also have the facility to opt for DND on their websites. Vodafone’s online DND registration is available here.

Disclaimer: The information provided above is put together from various sources including the NDND website and other websites. I do not vouch for the absolute correctness of the procedure described and hereby warn that subscribers following that are doing so at their own risk and peril. Please do not blame me if it doesn’t work (or the other way around):mrgreen:

References: NDNC Registry | Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Portal

21 thoughts on “How to activate Partial DND & receive SMS from selected categories

  1. very useful info.

  2. Very useful information chitsy

  3. If i want to get message from perticular web and perticular friend but dont want to get advertisement message, what should i do ?
    for example: I want to get message from A who is sending message from way2sms.com but dont want to get any other advertisement message.

  4. All I looked at, was STOP.

    Hey, nice new theme by the way.

    You might also wanna tabulate that 1-6 list, would look better and easier to notice.

    • er…you’d actually stop the DND service and let those SMSes come in?

      Thanks for the suggestion on the table, will edit it pronto.

      Edit: Oops! The table layout on this theme isn’t that good so leaving it as a list for now. Tx.

  5. This is Wrong List Please See The Correct One :

    For partial-DND service, following are the categories classified-dnd

    START 1 – to receive SMS relating to Banking/ Insurance/ Financial Products/ Credit Cards
    START 2 – to receive SMS relating to Real Estate
    START 3 – to receive SMS relating to Education
    START 4 – to receive SMS relating to Health
    START 5 – to receive SMS relating to Consumer Goods and Automobiles
    START 6 – to receive SMS relating to Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT
    START 7 – to receive SMS relating to Tourism and Leisure

  6. I want to receive messages from sender id like LM-020001 or DM-020001. Then, how to deactivate the DND? Please guide.

  7. Thanks Friends. This solved my so many problems !

  8. HI Chittaranjan,

    thanks for the info.. hotmail sends the SMS alerts for new emails received. can you help me find out which category these kind of sms get blocked? as i have opened category 6 – Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT and still i dont receive the alerts..

  9. can you please let me know who is registered sender id:- DM-020001

  10. I have to receive google msgs which service have to select please tel me urgent

    • You have to send “START 6” to 1909.Google sms services comes under Communication/ Broadcasting/ Entertainment/ IT category…….

  11. Naukri.com will come under which following category………….

    1. Banking / Insurance / Financial Products / Credit Cards
    2. Real Estate
    3. Education
    4. Health
    5. Consumer Goods / Automobiles
    6. Communication / Broadcasting / Entertainment / IT
    7. Tourism / Leisure

  12. hello all, i did mobile number portability from airtel to vodafone 2 weeks back. When i was in airtel network, i had registered under fully blocked category and i was able to get sms from bank regarding credit/debit. After mobile number portability, i again registerd under fully blocked and now i am not getting sms from banks.As per dnd rules, banks sms does not come under any category,so kindly help

  13. There should be one more option as 8.donations this is irritating even u register to DND

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