Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




Cingular's Network Is So Great, All Telemarketers' Calls Get Connected

from the telcos-doing-something dept

While the Do Not Call list has been around for a while, there are still plenty of people receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls. While it's mainly been the FTC that has cracked down on violators, it looks like the telcos are getting in the game. Telemarketing calls are supposed to be off-limits to telemarketers even if they aren't on the DNC list, but apparently that hasn't stopped some. Cingular is now suing three different firms for telemarketing to Cingular customers. What may be interesting is that at least two of the firms being sued apparently contracted with companies outside of the US to actually make the calls (an increasingly common practice) -- though, that seems unlikely to get them out of any kind of legal trouble.

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    Jessa, 11 Oct 2006 @ 8:27pm

    when i had cingular and needed their help on telemarketing calls they didnt do ****. they act like someone else owns their network. the best they could do for me was to completelly turn off my text messaging and for me to ignore unknown calls. wow thanks! that would mean i couldn't get any messages from my friends and that i would never know if the unknown call was from a friend or foe. plus cingular charges for incomming, unanswered calls. three months of overages later i left.

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