Urban Legend Update: Cell phone “Do Not Call” Registry

It seems that about twice a year the word goes out that cell phone users must register their cell phone numbers with the National Do Not Call Registry because those numbers are “…about to be given to telemarketers.”  Another urban legend that is false.  Check it out at Snopes.com.

Having said that, it probably would not hurt to register your cell number anyway.  Here’s what the pertinent Federal Trade Commission Web page said about the subject:

  1. Can I register my cell phone on the National Do Not Call Registry?

  2. Yes, you may place your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. The registry has accepted cell phone numbers since it opened for registrations in June 2003. There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone number on the Registry.

    You may have received an email telling you that your cell phone is about to be assaulted by telemarketing calls as a result of a new cell phone number database; however, that is not the case. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers don’t call consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

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