|Public Service Announcement
||[Jun. 11th, 2008|11:02 am]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
I hate sales call. Hate 'em, hate 'em, hate 'em. A few years back I put myself on the National Do Not Call list and it's worked for the most part (unfortunately, it doesn't weed out charities you gave $20 to six years ago and who continue to call every day since to ask you for more, nor does it weed out your own bank or telephone company when they want to sell you some new product or service).|
Anyway, the telemarketers got upset with this, since just about everyone in the U.S. put themselves on the National Do Not Call list, and decided it was time to start hitting up cell phones instead. Unfortunately, rather than stopping them, the telephone companies agreed to release cell phone numbers to telemarketers.
To add insult to injury, due to the way cell phone billing operates, you will be charged for each telemarketing call you accidentally answer. That's right, the cell phone number you give to your family for emergencies only will ring one day, and you'll see a number you don't recognize and assume it must be a pay phone in the ER because something happened to grandpa...but no, you'll answer and it'll be some schmuck who can't pronounce your name correctly and wants to sell you a timeshare. Not only that, but they could be tying up the line while your family actually is trying to reach you because grandpa's in the hospital. And you'll be charged for the call.
But, luckily, there is a remedy. The National Do Not Call list is taking registration from your cell phones in preparation for the Great Telemarketer Onslaught of 2008.
Call the following number from your cell: 1-888-382-1222
It's very quick to set up -- I was done in less than a minute -- and it blocks your number from being used by telemarketers for 5 years. But remember, you have to call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You can't call from a different phone number.
You can also register on the Web at https://www.donotcall.gov/
Good luck and godspeed.