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Posted: 03.19.2003
Call me - call me for some overtime
For the first time ever, it looks like cell phone numbers are going to be available via 411 Directory Assistance. Soon you may be forced to pay extra for an unlisted cell phone number. Why don't I believe them when they say "the centralized database of wireless numbers would be off limits to telemarketers"? To me the beauty of having a cell phone is that, for the most part, only the people you want to have the number get it. Those days are about to be history. (Read more at CNN.com.)

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I've had a cell phone since May of last year, and have already gotten calls from telemarketers. When Massachusetts came out with the *Do Not Call* list earlier this year, I put both the cell and the landline on it. Our state's law takes effect on April 1. There is also a national DNC thing, but am not sure when that takes effect.

I already DO pay extra to have my landline unlisted/unpublished, and if I have to pay it for my cell, I will.

But I should NOT have to! It should be treated as *junk faxes* were several years ago...if people have to PAY to get those unwanted calls/faxes...it should be illegal.


¤ ¤ credit: Christine M. | 03.19.03 at 06:09 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'll get really pissed if the telemarketers cut into my minutes. Don't have that many now as I share minutes with my wife, son and daughter so each of us has a cell phone. Yeah, sounds extravagant until my son or daughter has a blowout on their way to or from college and no way to contact anyone to get it fixed. (This has actually happened to my daughter)

Christine, one of my friends here has an unlisted number and STILL gets the telemarketers. They simply change phone numbers (in the last three years they have had 4 unlisted numbers that the telemarketers have found). Quite inconvenient, especially when they pay extra to have the unlisted number.

When my brother gets a call from telemarketers he simply has his 4-year-old talk with them! Won't stop them but makes him feel important!

¤ ¤ credit: BillH | 03.19.03 at 09:21 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

Right now, I don't think it's even legal to call a cell phone right now. But I agree with Bill, I'm paying an arm and a leg for my minutes. I'd be royally pissed off if telemarketers were calling me on my minutes. Hell, I'd send them my bills.

¤ ¤ credit: statia | 03.19.03 at 09:41 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

You know you'll get the calls... heck, I just used a telemarketer site earlier to snag info on someone I needed to add to a document I'm working on for a suit. I had the phone number, I needed the address. AT&T's "AnyWho" site already points out that cell phone numbers aren't listed ... YET.

¤ ¤ credit: Christine | 03.20.03 at 04:41 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

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