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Cell phones and telemarketers

By: 6 November 2010 One Comment

While we at First Arkansas News generally refrain from reporting on rumors that are proven false, there are times when it’s appropriate to mention them.

An email’s been floating around advising people that they need to add their cell phone numbers to the national “Do Not Call” registry as those number will soon be released to telemarketers. I’ve seen a few of those emails over the years, but they won’t go away. In fact, I read an article in a newsletter advising me to add my cell phone number to the aforementioned list in order to avoid being annoyed by telemarketers.

It turns out that rumor is false, but it’s not a bad idea to add a cell phone number to the Do Not Call registry. Apparently, that rumor has been floating around for years and has been debunked by Snopes, About.com and even the Federal Trade Commission (the group in charge of the Do Not Call Registry).

Still, I’ve added my cell number to that registry as I keep getting pestered by telemarketers. That costs me minutes, folks, and I don’t appreciate it one bit. Perhaps adding my number to the registry will keep them from pestering me.

If only I could get rid of the Gallup Poll weasels who ran across my number and and keep bugging me, I’d be a happy man. The Gallup Poll is, evidently, exempt under the law the set up the registry, so that lovely group is free to annoy me with its nonsense whenever it wants.

You can register your number by either visiting the National Do Not Call Registry here or by calling 888-382-1222.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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