How to Get
Telemarketers to Stop Calling Your Cell Phone
If you got rid of
your landline for a cell phone, you may have expected all those
annoying telemarketers to stop calling. Despite the fact that
cell phone numbers are not listed in any official phonebook.
Telemarketers can still easily get a hold of your cell number.
When telemarketers call you on your cell, it is even more
annoying since you it may cost you minutes to answer the call!
Luckily, telemarketers donít call cell phones as often as they
do landlines. We can thank the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
for this. Under the TCPA, unsolicited calls to cell phones must
be dialed by hand (as opposed to the automated systems which
most telemarketers use). Since it takes so much more time to
dial a cell number by hand, most telemarketers donít bother
If you see a number that you donít recognize, then donít answer
it. If the call is important, then the caller will leave a
message on your voicemail. Telemarketers typically arenít going
to bother with any message and just hang up instead. But what if
you are still worried that the call was something important Ė
should you pick up on the unknown number? Instead of wasting
your time and minutes, you can sign up to a reverse phone
directory to find out who called you.
Reverse phone directories let you look up a phone number and
find who it is registered to. All telemarketing services, even
if they are operated from abroad, should have a registered phone
number which they use. A lot of the telemarketers have even
stopped having their numbers blocked so they show up as ďunknown
callerĒ because they realize how many people check their caller
ID first and wonít answer. A basic reverse phone directory, such
as the reverse phone directory from Google or White Pages, is
free. These fee phone directories donít always have telemarketer
information though. If you want the most accurate, updated
information, then you will have to sign up to a paid phone
directory service. Most of these services also offer people
finder services too, like doing criminal background checks,
finding emails for people, or looking up public records.
Since most of us donít get hit by telemarketers on our cell
phones very often, the best way to deal with the unknown numbers
is simply to not answer and use the reverse phone book to find
out who called. If for some reason you get hit with a lot of
telemarketing calls, then you should go to DMAchoice.org
(website for Direct Marketing Association) and opt out of their
list. It costs $1 to do this but will cut down on the
unsolicited calls that you get on your cell phone.