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PUBLISHED: 11:35 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2006
National do not call list can include cellular telephones
Consumers usually don't bargain for getting calls from telemarketers.

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

Chip Davidson, external affairs at AT&T, said that although some people have received solicitation calls on their cell phones, it is not a mass problem to his knowledge.

"There hasn't been any change in the rules, but it might be time for people that don't want to get (solicitation) calls to put their number on the FTC's (Federal Trade Commission) 'no call' list," Davidson said.

"If they call from their cell phone it's the easiest way. I did it myself, and it's very short and sweet. It's not difficult to do at all."

He wanted to remind people not to give any personal information to anyone who calls. It's best to call the company or organization the caller claims to be associated with.

"Sometimes with, especially elderly people, the caller will say 'we're with your cellular company or your telephone company and we are wanting to straighten up your records'," Davidson said.

"People should call the company they say they are from and see if that's really going on."

To learn more about the National Do Not Call Registry and the rules that enforce it, go online to www.ftc.gov, or the FCC at www.fcc.gov.

Consumers can register online by going to www.donotcall.gov. To register by telephone, call (888) 382-1222. Calls must be made from the phone number being registered.

These agencies do not charge for registration.

"As cell phones proliferate, which they are, eventually people might be able to get cell phones numbers and use them for telemarketing calls," Davidson said.

"That's not what most people have cell phones for."


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