Many people have been receiving e-mails over several years making statements such as:
"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."
While it is good advice to register cell phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, it is not an urgent problem because telemarketers are not about to gain new access to cell phone numbers. In addition, registration is not limited to five years. Phone numbers only need to be registered once.
Federal Trade Commission Guidance on the Do Not Call Registry
The FTC has been accepting cell phone numbers for listing on the Do Not Call list since 2003, and the FCC prohibits telemarketers from using automatic dialers for calling cell phone numbers.
Here's a 2006 statement provided by the FTC regarding the e-mail being circulated about cell phones:
"The Federal Trade Commission [stated in 2006] that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future, and that it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry to be protected from most telemarketing calls to cell phones.
The truth about cell phones and the DNC Registry is:
* Contrary to the e-mail, cell phone numbers are NOT being released to telemarketers, and you will NOT soon be getting telemarketing calls on your cell phone.
* There is NO deadline by which you must register your cell phone number."
Federal Communications Commission Rules on Telemarketing Calls to Cell Phones
FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.
As stated by the FTC:
" * The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers' cell phones.
* There is only ONE DNC Registry. There is no separate registry for cell phones.
* The DNC Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. You must call from the phone number that you want to register. If you register online, you must respond to a confirmation e-mail.
* While the telecommunications industry has been discussing the possibility of creating a wireless 411 directory, according to the FCC, even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to cell phones would still be illegal."
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The Federal Do Not Call Registry can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
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