Mea Culpa. After I posted this entry, I realized that I had fallen into one of the olders email hoaxes that has been on the Internet.
A good friend of mine directed me to the Urban Legends site which discusses the below.
There is no deadline. Below is the excerpt which makes this entry moot. Again I don’t normally post this kind of information without verifying, but in this case, I did.
Comments: Yes, you can add your cell phone number(s) to the National Do Not Call Registry.
But no, you won’t suddenly be at the mercy of 10,000 telemarketers if you don’t.
While it’s true that several of the major wireless phone providers announced a plan some years ago to establish a 411 directory of customers’ cell phone numbers, it is not true that the plan involved publishing said directory for any and all to read. Participating companies said the numbers would be made available only via telephone, only to users who dialed directory assistance and paid a fee, and only with customer consent.
In any case, the point has been moot since 2006, when the plan to create a 411 directory for cell phone numbers was indefinitely postponed.
Notice: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public next month.
Starting February 2009, Cell phone numbers will go public.
If you want to avoid telemarketing or sales calls, follow the process below, and it should put your cell phone on the DO NOT CALL LIST put into place by the Federal Trade Commission.
This is the National Do Not Call Registry sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission. You may also register your home phone number on this number too but it is essential to register your cell phone because 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 MADE TO YOUR CELL PHONE.
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
Important thing here is that you MUST call from the number you are registering. According to the site:
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. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.
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.
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.
If after you do this and you continue to get those annoying sales calls on your cell, you can always call to the National Do Not Call Registry to initiate a complaint against the cell phone spammer!
The National Do Not Call Registry Serves multiple purposes:
- Register multiple phone numbers to be put on the DO NOT CALL List with the FTC
- Verify that your number is on the DO NOT CALL list (via email)
- Initiate complaints against the organizations that continue to call you when you are on the DO NOT CALL List.
Thanks to my tennis buddy Drew for enlightening me with this tidbit..
Of course if you like sales calls interrupting your privacy, you can ignore… 🙂