Act Now to Avoid Telemarketers Calling Your Cell Phone

This article may not be about heating and air conditioning, but as much as this annoys us, we wanted to bring to everyone’s attention the fact that, unless you act quickly, you will soon be subject to receiving calls on your cell phone from telemarketers. It’s bad enough getting these annoying calls at dinner time at home, imagine having to deal with them all day long.

In just a few weeks, cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers; you could end up being charged for hundreds of these unsolicited phone calls. If you want to prevent this from happening, you need to call 1-888-382-1222, or register online, before the end of January in order to added to the special DO NOT CALL List just for cell phones that the Federal Trade Commission has established.

The government does not maintain a separate national cell phone registry; you add your cell phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry – the same registry you use for your land line.

To block your cell phone, just follow these simple steps to join the National Do Not Call Registry program, (it only took a minute or two to complete when we registered.) You can do this by either of these two registration methods:

  • Go to www.donotcall.gov and complete the registration. You will need a valid email address for this method.
  • Or, call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you want to register.

(Note: You can also register your landline phone number if it isn’t already on the list. You can check to see if your number is on the registry two ways: online at DONOTCALL.GOV (click on “Verify A Registration”), or by calling 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to verify and following the prompts.

Registration will take effect within 31 days. Once activated, 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 of 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm.

We hope this tip has been helpful. With the high-powered lifestyles most of us live these days, nobody needs the added stress of having to deal with these unsolicited, unwanted sales calls. But don’t forget, the deadline is January 31st, so act now or pay the price for a long time to come.