CTIA To Release Cellular Phone Number Directory

CTIA To Release Cellular Phone Number Directory


Despite what many mobile users may find intrusive, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) has been developing a directory containing 75 percent of the 163 million mobile phone numbers in the USA. If released into the hands of telemarketers and e-mail spammers, wireless subscribers may be paying more for unwanted calls and letters.

“The world of telecommunications continues to change, and every day wireless becomes a more significant part of our world,” said Steve Largent, the association’s president. “This system will provide consumers an opportunity to opt in, if they choose.”

However a choice of opting in may not even be a choice to some, the promise of consumer choice is disingenuous because many cell phone service contracts contain clauses that give permission to publish numbers.

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