Hey, you might recall that Consumers' Union is starting to use the Net to fight for consumer rights. That includes cell phone related rights:
You've probably heard about the cell phone industry's plan to create a 411
directory database of cell phone numbers. Today cell phone numbers are
private. Some of us want our numbers listed, others of us don't. The
problem is that the cell phone industry is writing the rules for how and
when our cell phone numbers will be made public through the directory.
The cell phone companies are making lots of promises about protecting our
privacy, and Verizon says it won't participate. But there's no guarantee
they'll keep their promises in the long term. The cell phone companies also
aren't saying whether they will charge new monthly fees to those of us who
want to keep our numbers private.
Legislation pending in Congress will give us control over listing our cell
numbers and prohibit charging for unlisted numbers. Visit Consumers
Union's cell phone website EscapeCellHell.org and send a letter to Congress supporting legislation that keeps consumers in control of their cell phone numbers.