by Mike Masnick

Telemarketers Drooling Over Mobile Phones

from the too-easy dept

For a whole variety of reasons, your mobile phone may no longer be free from telemarketing calls. While it's generally not allowed for telemarketers to call mobile phones, once wireline-to-wireless number portability is offered, the telemarketers (conveniently) claim there will be no way to distinguish mobile phones from land lines, and thus (oops) they might call you once or twice (or twenty) times, when you least expect it. Won't that be great, when you're traveling in different timezones and they wake you up in the middle of the night? Of course, in theory, if the "do not call" list continues to remain legal and if it actually works (two very big ifs) you should just be able to include your mobile number on the list as well. At the same time, some are wondering when location based info is going to start filtering through to telemarketers as well. While the carriers insist they'll keep that info private, you can easily see how it would eventually get out. How will you feel when you walk by a McDonald's and have your phone ring with a telemarketer telling you about today's lunch deal at McDonald's?

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  1. identicon
    Chris, Oct 10th, 2003 @ 5:36pm

    No Subject Given

    I know what I'll do the first time I walk by McDonald's and get a call from a telemarketer trying to sell me a happy - I'll walk in there, yell at the employees, bother the customers, and in general create such a ruckus that they'll regret ever trying to contact me.

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  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 10th, 2003 @ 5:54pm

    Re: No Subject Given

    you will be beaten to the ground by McCops and then arrested by actual cops.

    Have a nice day.

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  3. identicon
    dorpus, Oct 10th, 2003 @ 11:52pm

    Chandra Calling

    So, telemarketing is increasingly illegal in the USA, while VoIP is increasingly making free international phone calls available.

    Putting two and two together, will we have a new generation of super-telemarketers with names like Prasad, Farriq, or Abioye, who call at all hours of the night and hurl abuse? They'll find ways to anonymize their origin, override exclusion features, plant phone numbers on your cell, hmm.....

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  4. identicon
    AMetamorphosis, Oct 14th, 2003 @ 6:54am

    Re: Chandra Calling

    No they will talk to you in their milkshake thinck access about how YOU TOO CAN INCREASE YOUR PENIS SIZE !

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