[StBernard] Do Not Call List

Westley Annis Westley at da-parish.com
Tue Oct 2 18:05:38 EDT 2007

REMINDER…9 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales 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 cal from a different phone number.

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>From snopes.com

Celling Your Soul
Claim: Cell phone users must register their numbers with the national "Do Not Call" directory by a given deadline to prevent their cell phone numbers from being released to telemarketers.

Status: False.


[Collected on the Internet, 2006]

Greetings To All of My Friends and Family

In just 4 days from today all U. S. cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketing companies and you will begin to receive sales calls. You will be charged for these calls! Even if you do not answer, the telemarketer will end up in your voice mail and you will be charged for all of the minutes the incoming (usually recorded) message takes to complete. You will then also be charged when you call your voice mail to retrieve your messages.

To prevent this, call 888-382-1222 from your cell phone. This is the national DO NOT CALL list; it takes only a minute to register your cell phone number and it blocks most telemarketers calls for five years.

In case you have friends other than me, pass this on to them.

[Collected on the Internet, 2005]

JUST A REMINDER... 31 days from today, 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.


[Collected on the Internet, 2004]

A directory of cell phone numbers will soon be published for all consumers to have access to. This will open the doors for solicitors to call you on your cell phones, using up the precious minutes that we pay lots of money for. 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 from the number you wish to register.

The number is 1-888-382-1222 or you can go to their website at www.donotcall.gov <http://www.donotcall.gov> .

[Collected on the Internet, 2004]

Starting Jan 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms. So this means as of Start your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers, but unlike your home phone, most plans pay for your incoming calls. These telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing money. According to the National Do Not Call List, you have until your c 2004 to get on the national "Do Not Call List" for cell phones. You can either call 1-888-382-1222 from the cell phone that you wish to have put on the "do not call list" or you can do it online at www.donotcall.gov.

Registering only takes a minute, is in effect for Registe All of you will need to register before All of You may want to also do your own personal cell phones.

Origins: Despite dire warnings about the imminent release of cell phone numbers to telemarketers that continue to be circulated via Des year after year, <a><img></a>
cell phone users do not have to register their cell phone numbers with the national Do Not Call registry before a soon-to-pass deadline to head off an onslaught of telemarketing calls. The panic-inducing cell (which circulate especially widely every January or June, since many versions of the warning list the end of those months as a (which date for registering cell phone numbers with the national Do Not Call registry) grew out of a misunderstanding about the proposed creation of a wireless directory assistance service.

Cell phone numbers have generally been excluded from printed telephone books and directory assistance services. However, since the use of cell phones has burgeoned in recent years (to the point that many people no longer maintain landline phone service), several national wireless companies (AllTel, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint PCS, and T Wireles banded together and hired <nobr>Qsent <http://www.qsent.com/company/pressreleases/wireless411privacyact> (since purchased by TransUnion) to produce a (since purc service. Their goal was to pool their listings to create a comprehensive directory of cell phone customer names and phone numbers that would be made available to directory assistance providers.

Someone made the wild leap of reasoning that the proposed creation of a cell phone directory was the equivalent of "giving cell phone numbers to telemarketers" and began the chain of wildly inaccurate Someon warning cell phone users to register with the National Do Not Call List in order to prevent this fate. This warning was overblown, for a couple of major reasons:
• The The <nobr>W service was to be strictly service was to is, cell phone customers would be included in the directory only if they specifically request to be added. The phone numbers of wireless customers who did nothing would not be included, those who chose to be listed could have their numbers removed from the directory if they changed their minds, and there was no charge for requesting to be included or choosing not to be included.

• The The <nobr> information was not to be included in printed phone directories, distributed in other printed form, made available via the Internet, or sold to telemarketers. It would be made available only to operator service centers performing the 411 directory assistance service.

All of these points have been summed up in numerous media articles, such as the following from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: There is a grain of truth in the message making it believable, but it's wrong on two counts: Not all cell phone numbers will be listed in the national directory planned for 2006. And telemarketers will not have access to the directory. It is illegal for marketers using There is a grain most most call wireless phone numbers.

Here's the truth:

A national directory will be compiled, but numbers will be included on an opt-in basis. If a cell phone subscriber does nothing, the number will not be listed. When the directory is ready, it will be available only as part of the existing 411 directory service, accessed by calling in and asking for a specific number. It will not be published in a book or on the Internet. And it will not be sold to telemarketers.

Cell phone subscribers can list their numbers on the do-not-call registry if they choose, but there is no deadline to get on the list, as the e-mail messages now circulating suggest
As of mid-2007, Qsent's As of mid- service still has not seen the light of day (and several states have since passed laws requiring wireless carriers to obtain the consent of subscribers before listing them). Even if requiring did come to fruition, trying to keep one's cell phone number out of it by registering with the national Do Not Call registry would be a pointless step, because the did come to service would work on an service basis only.

Cellular users can choose to register their cell numbers with the national Do Not Call registry anyway, but doing so provides only a small additional measure of protection, since FCC regulations already in place block the bulk of telemarketing calls to cell phones. There is not (and never has been) a deadline to list one's phone number with the national Do Not Call Registry; it can be done at any time. (Do Not Call registry entries expire after five years, so those who signed up when the registry went into effect in Cellular will soon have to register again.)

In 2007, Intelius <http://www.intelius.com/people-search-phone.html> began offering a Cell Phone Directory service that allows users, for a $15 fee, to look up the subscriber name associated with a particular cell phone number (or vice-versa). Intelius apparently compiled their database from a number of public sources (not from information provided by wireless providers), so the information they provide may not be reliably accurate.

Additional information: The Truth About Cell Phones and the National Do Not Call Registry
(Federal Trade Commission)
Wireless 411 Service: Q&A
Choice, Privacy, Security

Last updated: 25 September 2007

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