Cell phones seemed to be a ‘hot’ item this holiday season. Half the people on the planet now have cell phones; only 3 billion more to go. I believe I saw more ads for new cell phones and upgraded cell phone services than any other item. I had no idea that ‘3G’ meant ‘Third Generation;’ it’s really tough to stay current.
Did any member of your household get a new cell phone? Did you know that when a cell number is disconnected and then reconnected, you may need to re-register with the ‘No Call’ list? Further, even if your service has not been interrupted, changing calling plans or other services or changing the billing name on an account may mean that you need to re-register with the ‘No Call’ lists. To verify that your number is in the Registry, go to www.donotcall.gov or call 1-888-382-1222. Remember that each time you re-register, telemarketers have 31 days to remove your number from their call lists.
Some good news. Beginning December 1, 2008, the national ‘No Call’ provisions improved. Any telemarketing call delivering a prerecorded message must include a quick and interactive manner to OPT OUT of receiving future calls. The consumer must be able to OPT OUT at any time while the message is playing by pressing a particular number or speaking a particular word given within the first 30 seconds of the call; the call immediately must be disconnected so that the consumer’s line is cleared. This provision includes calls from companies you already have an established connection with and 3RD party telemarketing calls to solicit charitable donations (such as often occurs with the Fraternal Order of Police).