The USSD / MMI requests are something that could be done when you wanted to perform some network related functions, like checking the balance of your phone, or the IMEI code of your phone and a few internal functions of the phone, but when these requests happen automatically and you see the balance updates every time you make a call or send SMS, it gets annoying. Especially in the Indian networks, once a message is sent, or even when the phone loses the data network connection, the balance is sent promptly and this keeps coming when the connection is glitchy. Apart from that, when you are using some messaging offer and have free messages to send, there isn’t any need at all to get the balance update when you know you are not going to get any deduction in the account balance.
There are several applications in the Google Play Store which would help in blocking the SMS messages or notifications but none of those have been successful in blocking the USSD messages that are sent by the network. One of them which would be making things easier for people is the Balance Update / USSD blocker which targets the notification and message blocking by specific keywords and strings.
Using this app, you could block the messages:
– Which contain a particular string that you want to block
– Which contain a list of keywords that are separated by comma
– Which contain specified regular expressions that can be matched to block the messages
The Balance Update / USSD blocker app has got a message log of itself, which stores the latest 25 messages and these come with an indicator whether the message was blocked or allowed to view.
One can choose to show the notifications / balance once a day or week and this would show you the first balance update and then block the other ones for the entire day. This would come to good use when you have got the free message offers and would want to keep a check once a day whether the offer is still active or has expired.
The app is free of ads, and you get to see the options page only when you want to make any changes, or else it would work in the background and you don’t need to be worried about anything once you have set the things up for blocking the balance updates.
Once you install the app after downloading it from the Google Play Store, you need to restart your phone once before configuring or start using it.
Tip for using: To configure or block the balance status messages, you need to specify the keywords that come in those messages and whenever the app notices a message with the same keywords, it would block them. The blocking includes even the USSD message apart from the normal SMS.
The app is available for free in the Play Store. Download it from here.