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Hitting the end button on a cell phone rumor

There are some rumors that will just not die, and this is one of them. Since 2004, there's been an email making the rounds that says all cell phone numbers are about to go public and be released to telemarketers.

According to these rumors, you will be spammed by sales calls and you will be charged unless you call a special number at the National Do Not Call Registry to get your cell phone number blocked for the next five years. SO, what's the real deal?

Well, there is a National DNC Registry and there is no harm in registering your cell phone number on it, but there is no national release of cell phone numbers scheduled or planned. The rumor is so widespread that the Federal Trade Commission has a special web page about it.

This rumor started several years ago when some of the major wireless companies planned to create a 411 national directory. In the end, that never happened. But the rumor that it is out there and telemarketers will soon have access to it just won't go away.

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