blocking telemarketers

  1. Seen this? It's a good start, anyway. I registered. But, the phone companies are exempt (as well as a few others.) They are one of the biggest offenders, if you ask me.



    http://www.donotcall.gov/
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Mkue
    Thanks sbic56.

    I will be checking it out.
  4. by   P_RN
    I did too, but haven't received the confirmation e-mails yet.
  5. by   sbic56
    No confirmation email for me either. On the news last night they stated that this service was going to be available west of the Mississippi now and for the rest of us on July 7. Maybe that's why I haven't heard back yet?
  6. by   Mkue
    A Telemarketing Exec and his lawyers are suing the Govt for this, stating that telemarketing is a "freedom of speech" and many jobs for minorities, handicapped and single moms will be lost b/c of this "donotcall" opt out policy.

    He argues many ppl rely on these jobs b/c of the flexibiity it offers. He said that millions of ppl each year purchase by phone.

    Has anyone here actually purchased anything by a telemarketer? Most of the ppl I know try to avoid telemarketers. If I need something I purchase it online at my convenience.
  7. by   nightingale
    I will register.

    I did "buy" via a telemarketer, once. Never again. "The deal" ended up having so many restrictions I ended up having bought something I never used.

    Got a call yesterday, and I have had my new number 3 days, I "won" 1,000 free minutes. All I had to do was buy a membership. No thank said I and I hung up. They had my name and everything! Geesh!
  8. by   sbic56
    Nope. Never bought anything from a telemarketer or a spammer for that matter. The miniscule percentage of those they do contact must make it somewhat worthwhile, though. Still, I am glad at least the telemarketer problem is being dealt with. Perhaps some of these "experienced" telemarketers this lawyer is attempting to defend can find legitimate jobs at call centers where consumers are calling in their orders. I doubt very much that the commission these employees get for their telemarketing calls amount to much when most all of them end as abruptly as I know they do!
  9. by   Mkue
    I just now registered 2 phones and received confirmation for each. It took probably 2 minutes at the most.

  10. by   nightingale
    I registered, got the confirmations within minutes. It is good for five years, nice. Here is part of the confirmation:

    Important: You must respond to this email by clicking the link within 72 hours
    for your registration to be successful.

    Once you have registered, your phone number registration will be effective for 5
    years. It will be illegal for most telemarketers to call you, and you will be
    able to file a complaint if a telemarketer does call you. The website
    www.donotcall.gov provides information about filing a complaint.

    Important: After you click on the link, print the web page and keep it for your
    records.
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    I have a copy of the confirmation on my computer.

    Thanks for this post.
  11. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by sbic56
    No confirmation email for me either. On the news last night they stated that this service was going to be available west of the Mississippi now and for the rest of us on July 7. Maybe that's why I haven't heard back yet?
    It took about a day for me to get my confirmation emails, but I did get them.

    sbic56--west of the Mississippi there's an 800 number people can call, as an alternative to the website. After July 7 this 800 number will be available nationwide.
  12. by   sbic56
    Thanks Mel. I reregistered and have rec'd my confirmation email. I, too, should be all set for the next 5 years. Yes!!
  13. by   Cynthiann
    Originally posted by mkue
    A Telemarketing Exec and his lawyers are suing the Govt for this, stating that telemarketing is a "freedom of speech" and many jobs for minorities, handicapped and single moms will be lost b/c of this "donotcall" opt out policy.

    He argues many ppl rely on these jobs b/c of the flexibiity it offers. He said that millions of ppl each year purchase by phone.

    Has anyone here actually purchased anything by a telemarketer? Most of the ppl I know try to avoid telemarketers. If I need something I purchase it online at my convenience.
    That is so ridiculous! If we are taking the time to get on the list then obviously it's because we won't be buying anything from telemarketers anyways. They should look at it as a good thing, less no's to get a yes. Meaning they would have to spend less money on employees.

    Fortunately, I'm already on my state's do not call list which is being transferred over to the national list. It's so nice to not have telemarketers calling at least 5 times a day.
  14. by   Brita01
    I definitely signed up for this the day it came out. I get so tired of my phone ringing and seeing "unknown" or "unavailable" on the caller ID. You KNOW it's a telemarketer. I also have an answering machine that announces who's calling so I don't have to bother getting out of my seat when an unknown caller calls.

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