Raining Cats And Blogs: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month - REALLY??

Cell Phone Numbers Go Public This Month - REALLY??

 Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. REALLY??

Don't forget that all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. depending on the type of cell plan you have, YOU MAY BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS! TO prevent these charges and calls, you must call 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list number and 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. Calling from a different number will not work..  


Here is the link to the do not call registry:     https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx  

OK... Calm down now.. here is the real story:
As scary as this sounds, it is not true according to SNOPES.com. According to Snopes, You CAN register your cell phone but there is no deadline to do it. This has been a wide spread rumor for over 5 years now about the deadline ( which actually happened in 2006). It just creates panic and is totally inaccurate... There is a "list" of cell numbers but each person has to "opt in" to be on it.. Besides, it is illegal for telemarketers that use auto-dialers (and most do) to call wireless phone numbers.. Here is their full story if you want more info: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp


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Nice reminder. We end up doing htis every few years. I'm disappointed they're going public.

Posted by Ken and Leslye Huebsch, Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793 (3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction) almost 8 years ago

Hi.  I've getting calls mainly from website providers since I've been using a cell/smart phone.  I just tell them not to call me again. 

Posted by Yolanda Hoversten, Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties) almost 8 years ago

Nice scary title to pull in readers. Glad to hear that it is not really true. Thanks for the correct info.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 8 years ago

I have been getting more telemarketer calls on my cell phone. But I think they are getting my number from some real estate place I sign into. If I find out who you are......

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Ken - yes this is about a twice a year "scare"

Yolanda - Me too.. but they usually call about once per month.

Sandi - Thank..  me too. I got one of those emails today.. so I investigated to find out the truth.. snopes in great for that.

Sussie - I have gotten a few, and I think it is from where I have given my number out in some places.. Most of the calls are "REAL ESTATE" related.. so they know who I am.. it isn't random

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 8 years ago

Well, Sheila... you scared the heck out of me! I was reaching for my cell phone as I was reading your post... But didn’t dial the number once I saw your Snopes.com comment. <whew!>

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) almost 8 years ago

It doesn't seem to matter whether you register or not...I still get those annoying calls!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 8 years ago

I have had my cell on the Do Not Call List for the last 3 years, they still call. However, they can call us because we have our numbers out in public--after all, don't we want to capture future customers?

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 8 years ago

I'm glad you posted the Snopes.com article, I've been hearing this rumor for years and its always with a "you have call now!".  Glad to know it's still just a rumor. 

Posted by Chad McDowell, FHA and VA Mortgage Loans Snohomish County, WA (First Time Home Buyers, Pre-approvals, Fixed Rates) almost 8 years ago

Bill - gotcha.. lol..

Laura - So true.. yet we still get these "scare tactic" emails going around..

Toni- The only ones I seem to get are real estate related so I assume they are getting my number from my website or something.

Chad - Yep.. I always check out snopes on stuff like that.. I got that in an email yesterday so I checked it out again.. though everyone could use the info.. :)

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) almost 8 years ago

We've been getting a LOT of texts lately offering junk. Haven't figured out where the numbers got out, but such a nuisance to keep sending "STOP" to make them stop.

Posted by Orlando Masis, Austin Appraiser, for Real Estate (Appraisal IQ (Real Estate Appraisal) in Austin Texas) almost 8 years ago

Sheila, It may be illiegal for a solicitor who uses an auto-dialer to call a cell phone, but they do it all the time.  I have my cell phone number on the do not call list, but I am getting more solicitation calls than ever before and they usually come from an unlisted number or an "out of area" number.  When you ask the name of the company they are usually very vague and have initials instead of an actual name.  I do know that when I say something like "I'm not sure why you are calling me since this number is on the do not call list"  I usually hear them hang up in my ear.

Posted by Samantha Davault, Fort Worth, TX (Alexander Chandler Realty) almost 8 years ago

Sheila ~ Wow, I got upset thinking telemarketers would start calling my cell phone ~ I might have to give them the ole "do you know what the fine is for calling an unlisted number"

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) almost 8 years ago

There are exceptions to the "do not call" rule, some of which are so sneaky that it allows virtually anybody to call! One is that if you have a business relationship with a particular company, it or its subsidiaries, partners, etc., are allowed to call you--and that covers a lot of ground. If your mortgage is with ABC Bank, which also owns XYZ Corp., XYZ can call you even if you've never heard of them before. Other exceptions:

  • calls for which you have given prior written permission;

  • calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements;

  • calls by or on behalf of tax-exempt non-profit organizations

  • So you see, the do-not-call list isn't foolproof, and that's not counting the deliberate bending of the rules by some companies (and the accidental calls you get from some firms).

    Posted by Sonsie Conroy, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Knowledgeable Realtor (I serve buyers and sellers everywhere in San Luis Obispo County) almost 8 years ago