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Cell Phone Numbers
Are Being Handed Over to Telemarketers And You've Got a Short Time to
Keep Your Cell Phone Number Out of Their Hands -Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor warns that cell
phone numbers will soon be published in the same way as the numbers
for wired phones and that you should sign up with a new government
cell phone "do not call" registry to prevent solicitor
calls from coming to your mobile phone.
Some versions say the cell phone numbers are being handed over to
telemarketers by a certain date, such as January 1, 2005.
Some versions say there is a deadline for listing your cell phone on
a "do not call list" such as December, 2004.
A recent version claims that the cell phone companies are required
by law to release the names by June 1, 2006.
The U.S. government has established a
"do not call" registry where you can list phone numbers
you want blocked from unsolicited calls such as from telemarketers.
That registry is for both wired and mobile phones and there is no
deadline by which a phone number needs to be listed in order to be
protected from telemarketing calls. There is not a separate cell phone registry. The registry is at:
At this writing there is discussion among mobile
providers about setting up a mobile phone directory listing mobile
According to the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA), a cell
phone directory is proposed that would be available through calling
directory assistance only, not published in writing or on the
So far, there is not a set date when that will be done and the CTIA
says the numbers are not going to be "handed over" to
Users would have the option of not having their numbers listed in
Some telemarketers call some phone numbers regardless of whether
they are listed in directories because they use devices that
dial numbers in sequence looking for working numbers although at
present, they are prohibited by law from including cell numbers.
The version that claims that the cell companies are being required
by law to release the names by June 1, 2006, is also a hoax.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Starting Jan 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be
made public to telemarketing firms. So this means as of Jan 1, your cell phone
may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike your
home phone, most of you pay for your incoming calls. These
telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing you money in the
According to the National Do Not Call List, you have until Dec.
15th 2004 to get on the national "Do not call list" for cell
said that you need to call 1-888-382-1222 from the cell phone that
you wish to have put on the "do not call list" to be put
They also said you can do it online at: http://www.donotcall.gov/
Registering only takes a minute, is in effect for 5 years and will possibly save you money (definitely frustration)! Make sure you register now!
A directory of cell phone numbers will soon
be published which all consumers may access. This will open the doors
for solicitors to call you on your cell phones, using your precious
minutes. The Federal Trade Commission has set up a "do not
call" list. It is called a cell phone registry. To be included on
the "do not call" list, you must call
1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish
to register......or you can go to their website athttp://www.donotcall.gov
to sign up (under the heading "Register A Phone Number").
Just a reminder that as of June 1, 2006, all cellular providers are
mandated by law to release their client lists to tele-marketing firms.
If you don't want your cell phone minutes sucked up by unwanted
solicitations, place your phone number on the National Do Not Call
Call this number from the phone that you want to register: 888-382-1222
You can also register online at: donotcall.gov
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