Do Not Call list is for cells, too
I've gotten a number of telemarketing calls on my cellphone in recent months, and a friend told me that I need to sign up for a separate Do Not Call list that the federal government manages. But I can't find any information on how to do that. Can you help?
— Frustrated in Medford
We don't want to add to your frustration but, no, we can't help with your request. That's because there is no separate Do Not Call registry for cellphones.
If you want to put your cellphone number on a Do Not Call list, you should do it through the same registry that's used for land lines. You can add your cellphone to the list by going online to www.donotcall.gov or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you wish to register.
You should know that your frustration about the calls is justified. According to the Federal Communications Commission, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones are illegal. It's against the law to make a robo-call to a cellphone number by using an automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message. That law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the Do Not Call list.
If you do add your cell number to the Do Not Call registry, the rules require callers to stop telemarketing calls 30 days after you register.
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