asserts no less an authority than the Federal CommunicationsCommission, which regulates the wire-based and wireless industries.
―You may be one of many consumers who have
saying you’re about to be assaulted by unwanted telemarketing calls toyour wireless phone,‖ the FCC declares on its website. ―Rest assured
that placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is
and always has been
illegal in most cas
According to the myth-busting websitesnopes.com
, such e-mailshave been circulating since at least 2004. Despite continuing debunking by snopes, numerous national publications and PolitiFact, amongothers, the Internet has kept this one alive. Like Elvis.
―I believe the legend started when mobile phones became moreubiquitous in our society,‖ says Ritch Blasi, a former longtime
employee of AT&T who is now president of MediaRitch, a consulting
firm in Cape Coral, Fla. ―People often think of t
heir mobile phones asan extension of their landline
so whoever can call them at home can
also pester them when they are out.‖
and the FCC agree that the legend probably was born of discussions that major carriers conducted yearsago about creating a 411-type service for wireless phones.
―At present,‖ the FCC reports, ―a wireless 411 directory is only in theidea stage.‖ And even if it did come to pass, the agency says,
telemarketing calls would remain illegal.
Furthermore, the agency states, there is no separate do-not-call list for mobile devices. If they wish, perhaps just to take no chances,consumers can call the service established to prevent unwanted calls tolandlines
or do the same online
. But with existing laws already preventingcell e-
marketing, it’s unnecessary.
The latest e-mail reaching The Journal came from a judge in NewYork who knows someone here at the paper. Reached by phone, hissecretary said he was cleaning out his files, felt a sort of civic duty, and passed it along with a click or two of the mouse.
―I didn’t realize that this is an urban legend,‖ the judge wrote back
when we e-
mailed him. ―Yes, I did send it to my entire address book —
which includes my old friend … Sorry for any inconvenience. And