DO NOT CALL... ever!

By
Real Estate Agent with Reliant Realty 213-638

  

Well effective July 23, 2008 CELL PHONE numbers were released to the public.  Yes that means yours! 

CALL the National Register to add your cell phone to the DO NOT CALL LIST. 

You can do this by calling from the phone you want added:            1-888-382-1222

or go to:      www.donotcall.gov

You can also register a complaint on the website, but your phone number must have been on the do not call register at least 31 days before.

I hope this helps you save your cell minutes for the calls you want to make and receive.

 

Information Provided to you by:

Doris Freeman          -           Sherri Smith

  615-438-3221          -          615-557-2070

"TEAM MOTHER DAUGHTER"

of Reliant Realty

dorisandsherri@yahoo.com

http://www.homesintennesseeforsale.com

 

 

Comments (19)

Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Thanks Doris, I had heard about this.  Thanks for the do not call info.  Always good to pass along. Have a great weekend.

Jul 25, 2008 06:22 AM
Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

I knew eventually this was coming.  Until cell phone plans don't charge for minutes, I am not sure about allowing this to be public.  Oh well, what do I know??

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Jul 25, 2008 12:52 PM
Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Morning Doris,

Thanks for the information. I had forgotten about the release date. I will head there and register right away.

Have a great weekend.

Jul 26, 2008 12:31 AM
Jennifer A. Martin
Dallas, TX
Executive Assistant

They've already started calling me!  It's so irritating!!

Jul 26, 2008 01:21 AM
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Doris, Thanks for this post.  I will definitely be calling that number and putting my cell number on the list.

Jul 28, 2008 03:03 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi Doris. Thanks for sharing the useful tip! Keep them coming.

Jul 28, 2008 03:56 PM
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Doris, that is such great information.  Thank you so much for sharing!  Now, how do we stop the junk mail?  "o)

Jul 28, 2008 04:06 PM
Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR
Remax in Motion - Plantation, FL
Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise

1Thanks for the Information, I just added my cell phone number.

Jul 29, 2008 01:17 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks - I needed this info -- have a great day!

Aug 02, 2008 11:46 PM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Doris, thanks that is a useful tip I don't want my time used up either!

Aug 03, 2008 02:17 AM
Fred Glick
u s spaces, inc./arrivva, inc., u s loans mortgage, inc. - San Francisco, CA
Changing the Story in Real Estate & Mortgages

I wish it worked the other way.  Let the telemarketing scum earn the numbers by people that like taking to them!  Wouldn't that be a great thing.

Since this is something we can all agree on, why don't we pressure Congress to enact a bill that way!     

Aug 03, 2008 02:22 AM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Hi Doris -

This is not really true.  There is no need to add your cell phone number to the do not call list.  You actually have to opt in, not out, to be listed.  If you do not opt in, the number is not included.

Here is the snopes.com article: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/cell411.asp

 

Aug 05, 2008 12:33 PM
Doris Freeman
Reliant Realty - Gallatin, TN
Broker/Agent, Realtor

Margaret:

I believe that there is always a need to register a Phone, cell or otherwise, if you do not want to be bothered by unsolicited calls.  You are partially correct in that yes you do need to opt in to be included in the directory, but that does not mean that they can not call you, it just means you are not in the directory, there are many ways to get numbers, especially in a business like ours where we publish our number everywhere.  They just have to actually dial your number, not use automation.

The following is from the Federal Trade Commission website, regarding the DO NOT CALL Registry:

"Here's what you need to know about the National Do Not Call Registry program:

  • 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 federal government does not maintain a national cell phone registry. Personal cell phone users have always been able to add their numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry - the same Registry consumers use to register their land lines - either online at www.donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 from the telephone number they wish to register. Registrations become effective within 31 days of signing up and are active for five years. There is no cut-off date or deadline for registrations.

  • Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Registry.

For More Information

To learn more about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that enforce it, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov or the FCC at www.fcc.gov. For more information about a planned "wireless 411" directory, visit http://www.qsent.com/wireless411/index.shtml.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish (bilingual counselors are available to take complaints), or to get free information on any of 150 consumer topics, call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357), or use the complaint form at www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad."

I hope this clarifies things, and Thanks you for sharing your website information, although I think it only tells part of the story.

Doris Freeman: 

Aug 05, 2008 01:06 PM
Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

Thanks for the expanded info, Doris, which is indeed more complete and informative than the  Snopes article.  However, the Snopes article included this same info as a link on the bottom.  Using the expanded info:

"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.

...Business-to-business calls are not covered under the Registry."

So it looks like we used the same info to arrive at different conclusions.  I don't think it hurts to add your cell phone number.  It just may not help, especially if our cell phones are business phones, and I don't think it is as urgent as some would have it.

There are additional links on the Snopes articles.  One is a really good Q&A on the Wireless 411 Service and the other an expanded discussion of the privacy policy.  Too lengthy to post here but I include the links below for those whom it interests.  Thanks for the clarification.

http://web.archive.org/web/20070221132732/www.qsent.com/assets/files/wireless411/wireless411_q-a.pdf

http://web.archive.org/web/20070221132301/www.qsent.com/assets/files/wireless411/choice-privacy-security.pdf

Aug 06, 2008 01:58 AM
Lisa Long
Heather Roda Broker - Paso Robles, CA

I finally wrote this down and will do this today! Thank you!!! I have been getting call on my cell.

Aug 06, 2008 02:01 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

I wonder if this works for homes.com.  I somehow don't think so; I have asked I don't know how many time to be taken off their list but I still keep getting calls from them.  

Aug 06, 2008 02:17 PM
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

Isn't that the truth. Our numbers are published Everywhere. But as soon as we allow access to the automated systems, we'll have more frustration than the unwelcomed evening telemarketers. Everytime my phone rings, I assume it's business. When it's an unsolicited sales call, I'm short.

Aug 09, 2008 05:43 PM
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

They did this for land lines a year or so ago and we still get calls all the time.  I do not have faith in that system.  Hanging up on them seems pretty effective as well as caller ID.

Aug 09, 2008 05:50 PM
Carol Judd
New Star Real Estate - Vernal, UT
Vernal Utah Real Estate

I signed up so we shall see how it goes

Aug 10, 2008 09:17 AM