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Can Telemarketers Call You on You Cell Phone?

Contrary to common belief, telemarketers can call you on your cell phone. There are no laws which prohibit them from doing so. However, there is a law in place which limits their ability to do so. This law says that telemarketers cannot use automated dialing systems to call cell phone numbers. Telemarketers almost always use these automated systems because it makes their job so much faster and easier. Further, practical business sense keeps telemarketers from calling you: they know that you get charged for cell phone calls and are more likely to hang up in the first seconds once you figure out it is a telemarketer calling.

Some telemarketers have changed their practices though and are calling cell phones (even if it means using their fingers to press the buttons). As a cell owner, this can be incredibly bothersome and end up costing you a lot of money. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to stop telemarketers from calling your cell.

First, you should get your cell number added to the national Do Not Call list by going to donotcall.gov. Alternatively, you can call 1-888-382-1222 and have your cell number removed from the telemarketers’ list. It usually takes about a month before your number gets removed from lists and it will stay removed for 5 years.

Secondly, you can contact your cell provider and find out if they have a system for letting you block all calls and text messages from blocked or unknown numbers. Also ask your phone provider if they have any system which will let you block SMS messages from the internet as most spam messages are sent online. The downside to these methods is that you could end up blocking calls from people you really want to hear from. Some people choose to have their personal phone numbers blocked and in other cases calls happen to show up like this. For example, calls from my sister who lives abroad come up as unknown because she calls from Skype.

If you are really adamant about stopping telemarketers from calling your cell, then you will have to pay for a solution. You will want to first upload an app to your cell phone which unblocks blocked calls. These apps usually aren’t going to tell you who is calling though, just give you the number. So you will also need to sign up for a reverse phone directory subscription. When you see an unknown call coming in, you will have to ignore the call and then use the reverse phone directory to find out who the number belongs to. If the reverse phone directory shows that the call is coming from a telemarketer, you can send them a message asking to be taken off their calling list.

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