Telephone Preference Service

Like most people, I registered with the Telephone Preference Service and, also like most people, I found it a complete waste of time. Here’s yesterday’s call list dutifully blocked by my phone:


On the occasions that I receive a call that isn’t blocked, they all have one of two things in common. They’re either from UK companies using an International phone number or they’re UK companies using a pre-recorded preamble.

Checking on the TPS website, it appears that these types of callers are exempt from the TPS regulations and it begs the question: Why leave such an obvious gaping loophole to enable these companies to exploit and annoy us?

When you read the TPS website, you find:

“Who pays for TPS?
No money is received from the Government to run the Service, the direct marketing industry pays for it.”

So, that explains it. Well you’d never shoot the goose that lays the golden eggs would you!

Pre-recorded and international nuisance calls are supposed to be dealt with by the Information Commissioner’s Office. I’ve tried them – another complete waste of space. A taxpayer-funded gravy train if ever there was!