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Feds Say Wireless Phones Won't Get Spammed



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Washington, D.C. - If you've never worked in the telemarketing industry, you probably wonder what type of person would call sleeping Americans at 9:00a.m. on Saturday morning and offer them a credit card at 21% APR, or a one year subscription to Good Housekeeping.

When the Federal Trade Commission's National Do Not Call Registry was implemented in 2003, millions of Americans signed up and seemingly forgot about those harrassing phone calls. Now -- there are new worries that cell phone numbers are about to be slammed by telemarketers and many phone owners are rushing to get their wireless numbers added to the Do Not Call Registry.

Don't waste your time.

Several bogus emails have been circulating for months claiming telemarketers are actively targeting cell phones and that users should add their mobile numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. You can add it if you want, but the FTC already has laws in place to protect you and the telemarketing companies wouldn't dare cross this line. Federal law prohibits telemarketers from using automated dialers to call 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 on the Registry
  • Federal Communications Commission (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
  • The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their members do not intend to start calling consumers’ cell phones
  • There is only ONE National 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, regardless of whether the number is listed on the federal government’s Do Not Call Registry
In addition, according to the industry -- your number would not be included in a wireless 411 directory unless you wanted it to be (i.e., you will have to "opt-in"); and the wireless 411 directory would not be available in a printed, electronic, or Internet list for telemarketers. In other words, a list of numbers on the wireless 411 directory would not be made available to telemarketers.

So feel free to add your wireless number to the National DNC Registry if you wish. The FTC won't use your cell number for any reason other than to block it from most telemarketers. If you haven't placed your home phones on the list, you can do it here: www.donotcall.gov or call toll-free, 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236), from the number you wish to register. Registration is free.

For More Information, about the National DNC Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov or the FCC at www.fcc.gov. For more information about a planned "wireless 411" directory, visit http://www.qsent.com/company/pressreleases/411factfromfiction.

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