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Telemarketers Will Soon Have Access To Your Cell Phone Number
HOI 19 News ^ | December 3, 2004

Posted on 12/04/2004 2:57:01 PM PST by BulletBobCo

Telemarketers will soon have access to your cell phone number.

This spring, all cell phone numbers will be put into a directory. The good news is, you do not have to worry about losing your friend's cell phone number. The bad news is, telemarketers will be calling your phone and using up your minutes.

"It would be an option if you wanted to be in a directory or not. There could be some advantages - some people are virtually unreachable. About 5% of the cell phone users don't have a land line listing anywhere, so you lose your friends cell number and you don't have a way to get to them. So there could be that advantage", said Pamela Meyer of the Better Business Bureau.

If you wish to have your cell phone number added to the Do Not Call List, call 1-888-382-1222. You must call from the number you wish to have added to the list.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cellphone; cellphones; donotcall; privacy; telemarketer; telemarketing
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https://www.donotcall.gov

I went to this web site and it took me all of 5 minutes to place one home and two cell phones on this "do not call" list.

1 posted on 12/04/2004 2:57:02 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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ping for later


2 posted on 12/04/2004 2:59:36 PM PST by happy_happy_joy_joy (True joy comes from within.....)
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To: BulletBobCo

Thanks for the link.

However, I thought it was illegal for telemarketers to call cell phone numbers? Mostly because of costs to the consumer.


3 posted on 12/04/2004 2:59:48 PM PST by Ranting Madman
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To: BulletBobCo
Has anyone ever called them back, and tried to sell THEM something? Heeheehee.......it drives them NUTS.


4 posted on 12/04/2004 3:00:34 PM PST by Viking2002 (Taglines? Vikings don't need no steenkin' taglines..............)
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To: BulletBobCo

one more reason for me not to own a cell :-)


5 posted on 12/04/2004 3:00:50 PM PST by blackeagle
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To: Ranting Madman
However, I thought it was illegal for telemarketers to call cell phone numbers? Mostly because of costs to the consumer.

Something must have changed.

6 posted on 12/04/2004 3:00:52 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo
Get out the popcorn while the defenders of free speech, free market, God and country, wave the flag and defend the telemarketing terrorists!


7 posted on 12/04/2004 3:01:48 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: BulletBobCo

Its too bad they can't hijack phones the way they can computers. At least on Windows, the shadier side of the e-commerce world can hijack home pages to produce traffic for sites that would never get visited of their own accord.


8 posted on 12/04/2004 3:02:53 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: BulletBobCo

I did the " do not call " thing for my regular phone last year ..It lasted all of about a month then the calls started coming again as usual..They are all in bed with eachother and your cell wont stop ringing no matter what soon..The whole damn idea of a cell phone is that it's private and the only people who have the # are those who you give it to ..Who the hell wants their cell # published.?.What a bunch of bullshit they are feeding us .


9 posted on 12/04/2004 3:03:20 PM PST by hineybona
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To: Ranting Madman

Federal law has barred telemarketers from using auto-dialers to call cell phones.


10 posted on 12/04/2004 3:03:25 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

oh yea , thats really worked Spare me that joke..


11 posted on 12/04/2004 3:04:28 PM PST by hineybona
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To: BulletBobCo
Something must have changed.

yeah, funny thing about privacy issues. something always seems to change.

allow me to tout once again my idea that all unique information related to one's indentification is proprietary. Hopefully there's a lawyer with backbone enough to stand up for it.

12 posted on 12/04/2004 3:06:27 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if a man lives long enough, he gets to see the same thing over and over.)
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To: BulletBobCo

If I don't recognize the number that comes up on the caller ID of my cell phone, I don't answer, and I do not have a voice mail set upany more-I've already gotten several solicitation calls on my cell phone.


13 posted on 12/04/2004 3:06:42 PM PST by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: BulletBobCo
Just a bit more on this story can be read at:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp

Soon, however, some of the privacy that cell phones provide may be eroded. Six national wireless companies (AllTel, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint PCS, and T-Mobile) have banded together and hired Qsent, Inc. to produce a Wireless 411 service. Their goal is 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. (In most places, telephone users can call directory assistance at 411 [for local numbers] or by dialing an area code plus 555-1212 [for out-of-area numbers] and, by providing enough information to identify an individual phone customer [usually a full name and city of residence], obtain that customer's phone number.

14 posted on 12/04/2004 3:07:25 PM PST by visagoth (If you think education is expensive - try ignorance)
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To: BulletBobCo

Yep. If you have spyware on your PC, sometimes you'll get a bill for an outfit you never heard of. Your modem dialed into a dialer for a porno site, socking you with a sticker shock bill.


15 posted on 12/04/2004 3:07:42 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Ranting Madman

If anyone wants to call MY cell phone, I expect them to pay the per minute charges.


16 posted on 12/04/2004 3:08:19 PM PST by reg45
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To: reg45

My thoughts exactly. Hey, if marketers want to call you, let them pay for the cell phone air minutes. Its only fair.


17 posted on 12/04/2004 3:10:34 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Viking2002
oh yeah.. a few years ago our regional ph co was planning to sell our numbers. i called a business marketing division of the ph co over and over again. asking them if they wanted to by my shoes, or would they like to take a survey? i came out and told them my true purpose was to disrupt them and waste their time in response to the proposed phone number sale. they were so blown away at my audacity they stayed on the line for up to 15 minutes. i then reminded them that they were in sales and my wasting their time was wasting their paychecks. i kept it up for a week or so and the novelty definitely wore off for them. the ph co relented and scotched their plan to sell numbers.
18 posted on 12/04/2004 3:14:19 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: BulletBobCo

I was just reading this when my cell phone company called me (on the cell phone) and tried offering me some discount if I'd sign up for 2 more years' service.

OoooOOOOOoOoOOoeeEEEEEEEEeeeeooOoOOOOoooOo....


19 posted on 12/04/2004 3:14:45 PM PST by martin_fierro (brrrrrr)
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To: hineybona


monkees in the zoo laugh at the idea of providing a phone number to someone for the purpose of not getting calls.


20 posted on 12/04/2004 3:18:04 PM PST by phxaz (thank you for not using the word "implode".)
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To: BulletBobCo
I went to this web site and it took me all of 5 minutes to place one home and two cell phones on this "do not call" list.

I understand this provides you no assurance that your cell phone numbers won't be called in the future. Please correct me if you know definitively that is wrong. I know the site states you can list your "mobile phone" and I did that also.

21 posted on 12/04/2004 3:18:51 PM PST by steve86
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To: BulletBobCo

Well, I use my cell phone only for outgoing calls, so it's off all the time, unless I need to make a call. No problem for me, at least.


22 posted on 12/04/2004 3:24:04 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: visagoth

Thank heavens that Verizon is not on the list.


23 posted on 12/04/2004 3:24:24 PM PST by snapperjk (If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.)
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To: MineralMan
Well, I use my cell phone only for outgoing calls, so it's off all the time, unless I need to make a call. No problem for me, at least

Same here with the exception that I leave it on while the kids are with a sitter. I'm going to be darn mad if that thing vibrates during a movie and it isn't an emergency!

24 posted on 12/04/2004 3:27:30 PM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: BulletBobCo
It would be an option if you wanted to be in a directory or not.
25 posted on 12/04/2004 3:28:37 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/19/04)
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To: BulletBobCo

Guess I'll be a lone voice here, though it's already too late, we already have more government regulation and more costs, or do people think the 'free' do not call number is actually free? I went and got my own little machine back when all the hubbub was going on, works just great, cost $29.95 and will go with me wherever I go meaning I don't have to call every time I get a new number. But still, from now on my tax dollars will continue to pay for that 'free' number so all the lazy out there can have 'daddy' gov take care of them.


26 posted on 12/04/2004 3:30:17 PM PST by Ruth C (learn to analyze rationally and extrapolate consequences ... you might become a conservative)
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To: hineybona
I did the " do not call " thing for my regular phone last year ..It lasted all of about a month then the calls started coming again as usual..They are all in bed with each other and your cell wont stop ringing no matter what soon..The whole damn idea of a cell phone is that it's private and the only people who have the # are those who you give it to ..Who the hell wants their cell # published.?.What a bunch of bullshit they are feeding us . Have you gone to the website and checked if your TN's are really listed? We registered in Sept. of 2003 and calls dropped off dramatically. When any do come through, we remind them we are on the list and not to call again (or else!). The program works. Check and see if your registration got entered. If not, re-register. If it is registered, you can file complaints. Remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease (or the $800. brake job!) Cheers!
27 posted on 12/04/2004 3:31:03 PM PST by snapperjk (If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.)
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To: BulletBobCo

They already have my office fax #.

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28 posted on 12/04/2004 3:31:59 PM PST by viaveritasvita (Contend for the Truth of God against false teachings. Jude 1:3)
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To: BulletBobCo

"Do Not Call List May Soon Get Loop Hole":

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1289535/posts


29 posted on 12/04/2004 3:32:34 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/19/04)
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To: phxaz
monkees in the zoo laugh at the idea of providing a phone number to someone for the purpose of not getting calls.

That makes two of us (plus the monkeys), while the rest of the country thinks the gummint sponsored Do-Not-Call list is a perfectly sane ideaerr. What Do-No-Do-Something-To-Me list will our wise men in Washington think of next?

30 posted on 12/04/2004 3:33:54 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Ruth C
I went and got my own little machine back when all the hubbub was going on, works just great, cost $29.95 and will go with me wherever I go meaning I don't have to call every time I get a new number.

What 'machine' are you talking about?

31 posted on 12/04/2004 3:35:34 PM PST by snapperjk (If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.)
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To: hineybona
They are all in bed with eachother and your cell wont stop ringing no matter what soon..The whole damn idea of a cell phone is that it's private and the only people who have the # are those who you give it to ..Who the hell wants their cell # published.?.What a bunch of bullshit they are feeding us .

No kidding! Do we have control over any of our property anymore?!

32 posted on 12/04/2004 3:36:19 PM PST by Lijahsbubbe
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To: BulletBobCo; ChefKeith

Thanks for the info Bob!!

CK/ping


33 posted on 12/04/2004 3:37:27 PM PST by WestCoastGal (80 DAYS UNTIL DAYTONA--"You win some, lose some, and wreck some". Earnhardt Sr.)
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To: BulletBobCo

A cell phone seems so much more personal than a home phone that spamming a cell phone with advertisements is a much greater invasion of privacy.


34 posted on 12/04/2004 3:39:32 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: visagoth
Six national wireless companies (AllTel, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint PCS, and T-Mobile) have banded together and hired Qsent, Inc. to produce a Wireless 411 service

If you think they are just trying to create a 411 service, I have a bridge to cell you.

35 posted on 12/04/2004 3:40:55 PM PST by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: BulletBobCo

Thank you very much


36 posted on 12/04/2004 3:42:08 PM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: xm177e2

Here's a few words for the wise regarding "Do Not Call Lists". When the program was drafted, buried within the fine print, the lawyers slipped in a loophole/backdoor, which makes it legal for a telemarketer to call even if you signed up on the list. Basically within the wording in the fine print of some software, warranty cards, and various other things you may sign-up for or send in, these buried clauses are waiving your right not to be called by that particular manufacturer, and/or whomever they are cahooting with.


37 posted on 12/04/2004 3:50:14 PM PST by diverteach
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To: Viking2002

My husband has done some funny things to telemarketers. He told one, who tried to sell us beef, that we didn't eat beef we ate dogs and raised our own (imagine dogs barking in the background). Then he tried to get the guy to place an order for some dog meat. he he

I just politely ask them if they can hold on for just a minute and then I lay the phone down and bang pots and pans around in the kitchen. I would NOT do that on my cell phone.


38 posted on 12/04/2004 3:52:38 PM PST by Ditter
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To: BulletBobCo
You can also use this Federally mandated TN to opt-out of getting credit card offers.
888-567-8688
It's important to note that this toll-free number has a limited purpose - simply to enable consumers to opt-out of receiving pre-approved offers of credit. Nothing more.
39 posted on 12/04/2004 4:00:01 PM PST by snapperjk (If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.)
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To: Ditter
I just politely ask them if they can hold on for just a minute and then I lay the phone down and bang pots and pans around in the kitchen. I would NOT do that on my cell phone.

..And if you have a hold option on your phone, tell them to hang on while you yell the name of whoever they asked for (to pick up the phone). Then say "I'll put you on hold and (so-and-so) will pick up in the other room. Put them on hold and go back every minute or two asking if (so-and-so) picked up. Yell again, put them back on hold and keep repeating the process until they hang up. This trick kills their productivity!

40 posted on 12/04/2004 4:05:21 PM PST by snapperjk (If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.)
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To: WestCoastGal

If this does start then We will have those little canned compressed air horns for each phone.

When it is verified that the call is from a telemarketer then We will ask them to "hold for moment" put in ear plugs, pick up the can and BLAST 'EM and then hang up.


41 posted on 12/04/2004 4:07:08 PM PST by ChefKeith (Life is GREAT with CoCo..........NASCAR...everything else is just a game!(Except War & Love))
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To: Ruth C
I went and got my own little machine back when all the hubbub was going on, works just great, cost $29.95 and will go with me wherever I go meaning I don't have to call every time I get a new number.

What are you talking about? This makes no sense.

42 posted on 12/04/2004 4:10:41 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that -- Mark Twain)
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To: BulletBobCo
Every day Americans are lied to by those we should trust. You will only pay the toll until the bridge is paid for, You will not be pulled over for not wearing your seat belt, but if pulled over for another offense, we will warn you about wearing your seat belt, On-star and cell phones can track you where ever you go, but they will never be used to follow you. Giving a DNA sample at birth will never result in your being turned down for insurance or a job. Talk to me about 1984.
43 posted on 12/04/2004 4:30:32 PM PST by ditto h
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To: ChefKeith

I think we cell users can compile a directory of telemarketers calling us and boycott the hell out of them.


44 posted on 12/04/2004 4:37:28 PM PST by txhurl
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To: BulletBobCo
Click here to get back at telemarketers.
45 posted on 12/04/2004 4:48:19 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Angry Republican
I just thought of a possible way to turn this into a 95-million plaintiff class-action lawsuit.

Everytime a telemarketer calls, and drains your battery via your ringtone, which you have to charge with home electricity, you are incurring an actual LOSS.

47 posted on 12/04/2004 5:05:26 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txflake
There's a thought.

Since I live in MD, should I call Peter Angelos for you?

48 posted on 12/04/2004 5:13:43 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Viking2002

http://www.tommabe.com/


49 posted on 12/04/2004 5:14:59 PM PST by Angry Republican (yvan eht nioj!)
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To: Angry Republican

I don't care who takes credit. I just want it stopped before it starts.


50 posted on 12/04/2004 5:19:07 PM PST by txhurl
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