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Cell Phones Informative - Register Your Cell Phone False, but not a bad Idea

Review by jktshff1 on 2012-01-03
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month.
REMINDER...... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

.... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-01-03
Posted by raven2010 on 2012-01-03:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-01-03:
I received this in an e-mail. Though this rumor has been circulating for a few years from what I can find out, and is at least partially false. it's still not a bad idea to get your cell phone on the do not call list. I have gotten a few unsolicited calls in the past.
Posted by raven2010 on 2012-01-03:
jkt, I agree---my cell has always been on toe do not call list.

I have not had a landline for at least ten years so use my cell number for everything---safe to put it on the list as I dont care to get calls asking me if I want to buy siding for my condo---pretty sure my landlord would NOT be amused if I did that.
Posted by MRM on 2012-01-03:
On Android phones, all unwanted numbers go straight to voicemail.
Posted by raven2010 on 2012-01-03:
Mr Mike, you can do that on Sprint's website as well as VZW regardless of the phone you have.

However with both companies the numbers dont stay on the list forever. 90 days IIRC.

I miss that feature on my droid ( I recently switched to iphone) When I poofed a number to voice mail on the droid is stayed until I removed it.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2012-01-03:
The registration no longer expires in 5 years.

https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx

"Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008."

While registering your phone number will reduce the number of calls it will not eliminate the telemarketers. Many telemarketers will spoof the caller ID making it impossible to report them since the number displayed has no relation to the telemarketer.

Your best defense is check the incoming phone number on every call and press the hang up button when you don't recognize the number.
Posted by Kris10 on 2012-01-03:
It is illegal for telemarketing companies to call cellphones without your express permission.
Posted by MRM on 2012-01-03:
Thanks, for the tip Raven as I did not know that.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2012-01-03:
Kris, as I just pointed out they will spoof the caller ID and call anyway. They do not care about the law. There is virtually no way to report them.
Posted by Kris10 on 2012-01-03:
Chuck, I get that, but that doesn't meant that it's not still illegal.
Posted by Slimjim on 2012-01-03:
One way to skin a malicious telemarketer that hides their identity is to sound interested in what they are selling. Get all the info you can on who's calling you by pretending to be interested. Once you have what you need, then hit the FTC.gov website.
Posted by Old Timer on 2012-01-03:
Agree with Slim, time permitting I enjoy yanking their chains as long as possible. If you play them right they will almost always spill the beans as to who they really are.

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