How to Keep Your Mobile Phone Number Private
An ever increasing number of telemarketing companies will bombard you with messages and calls that are simply put, unwanted. They do this on behalf of companies selling products or debt collectors hoping to make a quick sale. The telemarketing companies will disturb you on your cell phone sometimes disregarding existing regulations that limit the way in which they are allowed to contact you while selling things.
The good news though is that there are some self-help measures that you can take to keep your number private and the telemarketers at bay. Here are just about some of them.
Register your number with the National Do Not Call Registry.
The National Do Not Call Registry is just about one of the most effective ways to block telemarketers from pestering you with unwanted calls. Note however that it only covers personal numbers as businesses are not covered.
There are two ways in which one may register. One is by calling the toll free number. The other is using the online registration option. The online registration option allows one to register a maximum of three numbers at a single time. You may also confirm your registration status as well as file a complaint online. Once registered, telemarketers will have up to 31 days running from the date you registered to desist from calling you.
However, you may still find yourself receiving political, debt collection, charitable and telephone survey calls as only telemarketing calls are prohibited.
Be careful about online registrations.
When registering on websites avoid giving out your phone number when possible. Make sure that you do not share your contact information when it is not necessary to do so.
Install an app that will block numbers.
You can also ensure that you download and install an app on your phone that will enable you to block numbers from either calling or texting you. This is now very possible with the various types of smart phones available in the market. Also use an app that will identify spam phone calls.
Avoid having information available in telephone books.
This applies where you have a landline phone and are then listed in the phone book. Having your information readily available in the phone book enhances the likelihood of telemarketers obtaining and using it. It would therefore be advisable if you request your telephone company to avoid listing or publishing your information. This can be done for a monthly fee.
Following these steps may just help you in keeping those spam phone calls away.
This especially applies when downloading mobile apps. Most people may not have noticed but whenever you accept terms just as they are presented to you, you end up providing a lot of data. Indeed, it has been observed that a good number of mobile apps are only concerned with obtaining as much personal information as they can and then proceed to sell it.