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March 14, 2007


Are you getting telemarketing calls on your cell phone? I am, and it's really irritating. What can be done about this? Anybody have any ideas?


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Nope..that looks about right.

I registered my cell phone # on the do-not-call-or-you'll-die-a-horrible-death list.

I was contacted by my mother a month or two ago saying this was going to happen. You need to go to donotcall.gov and register you cell phones number

first to say i couldn't see the naughty thing that dave posted.

Oh and add your cell to the do not call list?

Have them call you back or write to you tomorrow at your office:

Tom Tancredo
DC Office
1131 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0606

*throws an r up there*

thanks ya'll. i hadn't thought to register that number either! i get mortgage company's a couple times a day. one of the reason why i won't answer the phone if i don't recognize the number.

i hesitate to say this for fear of sounding like a smartass (okay that's a lie) but i just keep mine switched off unless i need to make a call.

I've been trying to develop the concept of call backwarding, where undesirable callers are forced to listen to their own drivel and tie up their own lines in all sorts of expensive and unproductive ways. It's this close, but not quite on the market yet.

Would you like be on my mailing list for when it's ready?

*Ducks. Way down low*

Cell phones are different than lan lines because you pay for minutes. Thus, it is illegal for telemarketers to call cell phones. (Not that it would stop them.) I would put the cell phone's number on the do not call list, and if any telemarketer does call, inform them that they are breaking the law and that you will report them. It's fun for everybody!!!

Here you go

Mine got out too, and i traced it to my doctor.


They accept cell phones, and have a disclaimer about them on their page...which basically says the emails about telemarketers calling cell phones is not true. Which apparently is also not true. The government wouldn't lie to me to facilitate big business would they?

I think homicide sounds better.

Use the National Do Not Call Registry.

Also, the next time a telemarketer calls, tell them, "Please take me off the calling list".

Doing both of these has cut down on the number of calls we get to next to none.

oh yeah..FIRST!!!

great idea mud if you can swing it. Let's face it. Most of us aren't getting a phone call to come transplant the heart but with two kids in school and a husband who is always traveling (I think he's in Singapore today) I try to always have mine on!

interesting, they say it's impossible for automated dialers to call cell phones. silly me. i must be imagining it all.

Oh, and I should mention that telling telemarketers "Please take me off the calling list" is something they have to do. After our number is in that National Do Not Call Registry, you can turn around and sue them.

I get cell phone calls because I accidentally click "ye" on I would like to recieve offers from signing up on the HERALD's contests


I've decided I like Texas.
Apparently someone gave my home phone number to their bail bondsman, or loan shark, or something, and have been getting threatening phone calls from California. (No, it wasn't anybody I know, and they wont say what business they're in)

Anyway, I filed a report with the police, and they recommended a shotgun, since it does more damage and doesn't have to be aimed as well in a pinch.

Apparently the Texas shoot-it-up law trumps laws protecting whoever is harrassing me.

Good grief, if I'd known you had a blog, I wouldn't have bothered looking away from my computer.

Apparently, some writer named Barry has a solution for this problem already.

I wonder if anyone in the research department can find the original article.

is that Paris Hilton on the rack?

inqusitor: You have been found guilty of every type of moral pollution, as well as all the mortal sins, except gluttony, as well as several sins we don't have names for yet. Now we shall torture you and burn your remains on the stake!

paris: that's hot...and does this iron maiden make my butt look big?

Dave, here is what you do:
A) Construct a sound-proof box. It needs to be big enough to hold a portable CD player.
B) Go ahead and put a portable CD player in the box. Go on. We'll wait.
C) Put this in the CD player.
D) When you get a phone call, say, "Hold on, I need to put out the cat. It's on fire."
E) Put the phone in the box.
F) This is tricky. Hit PLAY and CLOSE THE DOOR QUICKLY.

Maybe you should have a clear box, and a remote control. But then, being guys, we'd just lose the remote and blame our wives.

In response to The blog reader formerly known as Matt:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! My estimation of Texas (which was pretty neutral to begin with) just leaped up a few notches...


I hestitate to answer, "No, I don't get calls" because as soon as I say that, the telemarketer calls will start coming...

Oddly enough, though, my cell phone number is close to a FEMA number (I live in Katrina alley) and I do get a lot calls wondering "Where's my check?!?"

Miss Chevious

If a phone number is not in my speed dial list, I probably do not want to talk to you. My son's school, friends and work are also in my phone

Lab, that is truly evil...I love it!

Do Not Call lists are for the unimaginative!

SC has that view unofficially, but here its a law on the books.

In SC its referred to as the "He just needed shootin'" defense.

See the YouAssEh in your Chevrolat! Pardon mon french.

They get around the 'do not call' lists by starting a new company and calling from there. Legally, they're not calling you again, but from a new company. Like sp@mmers do. Scumbags. Remember Dave's comment about the old lady who kept calling him and he'd tell her not to call, so she'd call from a 'new' company?


If there is one thing Texas does right, it is mistreating and offing their prisoners on death row in record numbers. There is also a law going up for vote for the death penalty for repeat child sex offenders. There's a good chance it could pass here. Yeah!

ooops...what I meant was-

Anyway, this should do the trick.

Cellular Squirrel WBAGN, Annie.

To put it simply, no.

Since we went on the "do not call" list we haven't had that trouble, and since we got cell phones they haven't found us yet.

As for solutions, I go with the crowd in Pee Wee's Big Adventure:

Biker #2: I say we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Biker #3: I say we hang him, then we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Biker #4: I say we scalp him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Biker #4: Then we tattoo him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Biker #4: Then we hang him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Biker #4: And then we kill him!
Biker Gang: [shouts] Yeah!
Pee-wee: [trying to throw voice without moving lips] I say we let him go.
Biker Gang: [shouts] No!

miss chevious - sorry, that's me. i call up random numbers and ask "where's my check?"

i never get telemarketer calls on my cell phone, although i do get calls for whoever had the number before me, over a year ago. my only suggestion to get rid of them is what everyone else has said, using the national do not call list.

WWJD? (What would Jack do?) I don't know, but lately, it would involve a lot of dialogue first.


I believe Dave's idea is an early Christian form of waterboarding. So I guess we can expect burning at the stake in Abu Ghraib next.

... one of the side benifits of living overseas, telemarketer's don't like making international calls!


You should introduce yourself next time. ;)

Miss Chevious

Tell 'em to call the Japanese.

According to this article they're not busy (at least in the bedroom)

Sheesh, KC Steve - 'speaking of segways...'

I bought a parrot doll (yes, for 'talk like a pirate day') that repeats everything it hears...twice...in a mocking, irritating, birdy voice. When I get a sales call, I just put the bird on the phone.

KC - those Japanese are on the Do Not Ball list.

Three words

WRITE A COLUMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I thought
this method
was not only effective, but also fun!

Here are the best examples, from Tom Mabe.

Second link attempt! Sorry!

Dave, I found if you answer the phone, "Yesss this is Edgar. Muh HA HA HA HA HA HA HAH!," you get a lot less calls. Hope that helps.

No habla inglese.

Well, I just spent an interesting 30 minutes on the phone with the FTC (and later the FCC). Apparently, despite what the FTC website says, cell phones are afforded no practical protection from telemarketers automatically. Yes, they're not 'supposed' to call you, but the gov won't do anything if they do.

The ONLY answer: add your cell to the Do Not Call registry. Then, at least, if -any- telemarketer calls the gov will at least take the complaint, and eventually you might get invited to join a class action suit somewhere.

Oh, it takes 30 days before they'll take complaints. But this also works for the fax problems discussed earlier! ^_^

I get spam text messages/emails on my cell phone constantly, particularly of course in the middle of the night. Any ideas on that?

My favotite two things to do to telemarketers are:
1. Set the phone down and ignore the caller (which wastes their time) untill the caller decides to hang up, and
2. Say, "Does my baby's daddy owe you money, too?" at which point the telemarketer will gasp and then hang up.

stb - turn it off at night.

When telemarketers ask for me, I say, "Who's calling?" When they answer I say, "He's not in." and hang up.

Here's what you do about telemarketers: http://howtoprankatelemarketer.ytmnd.com


I usually grunt and say "I'm not wearing any pants" and then breathe heavily. The telemarketers don't stick around to hear the rest.

Miss Chevious

I received this email fwd a few days ago ... I usually don't fwd, but it seems to fit in with this thread ...

Andy Rooneys tips for telemarketers

Andy Rooney's tips for telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!

(1)The three little words are: "Hold On, Please..."
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off (instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt.

Then when you eventually hear the phone company's "beep-beep-beep" tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset , which has efficiently completed its task.

These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?

This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone.

This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a "real" sales person to call back and get someone at home.

What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible. This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:

When you get "ads" enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these "ads" with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away.

When you get those "pre-approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope.

Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right?

It costs them more than the regular 37 cents postage "IF" and when they receive them back.

It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before! the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas.

Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back!

If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.
You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 37 cents.

The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again. You get the idea !

If enough people follow these tips, it will work!


The do not call list is great for screening out "real" telemarketers, but it doesn't do a thing for people who call me asking for money for political parties, asking for money for my college, asking me if I want to sign up for extra stuff with companies I already do business with (telephone, credit card, etc.) Very annoying. I say "no" and hang up on them, sometimes while they're talking.

The only telemarketing calls I've gotten on my cell are recorded messages in Spanish. They include a number to call, which I understand gets you someone -- or maybe another recording -- trying to sucker you into a scam.

I like the National do not call registry - I nearly got AT&T for violations! Somewhere out there are rumors that victims can receive the fines collected against violators. Not sure if Snopes has researched that or not.

Junk mail is another gripe - I love the companies that send postage paid envelopes and postcards. It's amazing how much you can heavy paper/dirt/rocks you can stuff into one of those envelopes or tape onto a postcard. Too bad there isn't a way to get telemarketers back in the same fashion.

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