Verizon is making it easier to block email-to-text messages. You can now get rid of those pesky texts coming from unknown or spammy email addresses by simply sending a message. You have to send the text “Off” to 4040 and you will no longer receive text messages from emails.
According to Verizon, more than 80 percent of email-to-text messages received by its customers are spam. This is worrying data, and the carrier wants to safeguard consumers from potential harm. It already allows users to turn email-to-text off by logging into their My Verizon account.
However, not everyone seems to be using this feature. Verizon is now giving them an alternate and easier way to block email-to-text messages directly from their phone. If you are receiving those annoying texts, you might want to send a message to 4040 and block all such spammy texts.
It’s worth noting that turning email-to-text off will block all text messages coming from email addresses. This means you won’t receive legitimate messages from emails either. If you frequently receive such messages, you might be better off keeping email-to-text enabled for your Verizon number.
Thankfully, it’s equally easier to enable it. Simply send the text “On” to 4040 and you will once again start receiving email-to-text messages. If you’re not sure whether you have the feature enabled or disabled, you can check the status by sending the text “Status” to 4040.
Depending on your status, you will receive one of the following messages: “Email-to-Text is blocked for your phone number. Text “on” to 4040 to allow.” or “Email-to-Text has been allowed for your phone number. Text “off” to 4040 to block.” You can act accordingly. You can also send “Help” to 4040 to receive instructions on how to enable/disable email-to-text.
Verizon gives users more weapons to fight spam email texts
US wireless carriers including Verizon offer various tools to help their customers fight spammers. This is on top of the protective measures implemented by carriers themselves. Verizon’s call filter feature already alerts you about potential spam calls so you can avoid picking them up. It has now made blocking email-to-text messages easier
“Our pursuit to eliminate the annoyance of unwanted calls and texts improves customer experiences and satisfaction. Our efforts have empowered customers with the knowledge and the tools that have boosted their confidence in knowing which calls and texts are worth their time,” Verizon said in a press release. You can always report spam texts by forwarding them to 7726.