Have you gotten an email forwarded to you by one of your friends lately saying that one day very soon the list of all cell phone numbers is going to go public and you will be spammed by unwanted sales calls? Actually, it’s not going to happen.
There are some rumors that just will not die, and this is one of them. Since at least 2004 there’s been an email making the rounds that says that all cell phone numbers are about to go public and be released to telemarketers. According to the email, you will be spammed by sales calls (and they will go on your cell phone bill) unless you call a special number at the national Do Not Call (DNC) Registry to get your cell phone number blocked for the next 5 years.
So, what’s the real deal? Well, there is a national DNC Registry, and there’s no harm in registering your cell phone number on it, but there is NO national release of cell phone numbers scheduled or planned. According to the Web site snopes.com, this rumor started several years ago when some of the major wireless companies planned to create a 411 national directory. In the end, the directory never happened – but the rumor that it’s out there and telemarketers will soon have access to it just won’t go away.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a special Web page about this story-that-will-not-die. On it they say that:
- Cell phone numbers are NOT being released to telemarketers, and you will NOT soon be getting (more…)