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Cell phones connected to do not call registry

Cell phones are used by many and often on 24 hours a day. According to the FTC, consumers don't need to worry about registering their cell phones on the DNC Registry to avoid most telemarketing calls.

Despite a re-circulating e-mail that cell phone users must put their phones on the do not call registery, the Federal Trade Commission reports it is still not necessary to register those numbers to keep unwanted calls away.

As the number of phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry surpassed 139 million, the Federal Trade Commission has reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers at any time in the near future.

In addition, according to the agency, it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on the DNC Registry to be protected from most telemarketing calls to cell phones.

The truth about cell phones and the DNC Registry is:

•Contrary to the e-mails, cell phone numbers are not being released to telemarketers, and people will not soon be getting telemarketing calls on their cell phone.

•There is NO deadline by which a person must register their cell phone number on the registry.

•Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.

•The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers' cell phones.

•There is only one DNC Registry. There is no separate registry for cell phones.

•The DNC Registry accepts registrations from both cell phones and land lines. Owners of phones must call from the phone number that they want to register. If a person registers online, you must respond to a confirmation e-mail.

•While the telecommunications industry has been discussing the possibility of creating a wireless 411 directory, according to the FCC, even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to cell phones would still be illegal, regardless of whether the number is listed on the federal government's National Do Not Call Registry.

To learn more about the National DNC Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at or the FCC at

For more information about a planned "wireless 411" directory, visit

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