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The Cell Phone Directory & Privacy Laws


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The emails are very direct and a bit scary. They warn that a mobile phone directory is about to come out, and it could include your personal cell phone number. This email has been going around for a while, and may be one of the ones that most believe. However, for a few different reasons, cell numbers are treated differently than landline numbers. The directory is not coming out, and even if it did, you have nothing to worry about in regards to protecting your number.

There was a time when the cell providers were considering putting out a cell number directory. When the news hit and people began to hear about it, the complaints were through the roof. Because of the public outcry, the service providers quickly backed away because they did not want to anger their customers. At that time, the plans were shelved indefinitely, but you can bet the idea will come up again some time in the future, especially now that cell phones are so very common.

The other reason why this was shelved was due to privacy laws. Though they may not be entirely clear, there is one thing that is. When it comes to landline calls, all incoming calls (with the exception of collect calls - which a caller does not have to accept) are free. That means you never have to pay when someone calls you. However, that is not the same for cell phones. Many providers have free nights and weekends, but many day calls are still paid for by the customer. That would mean a directory could cause money loss for just about everyone with a phone.

What most don't know about the directories for cellular phones that have been proposed in the past, and that will come up again, is that this is something that will be opt-in only. Unlike landline numbers in which you have to ask to have an unlisted number, you would have to do nothing to keep your number out of the directory. The only way your number would be found would be if you specifically asked to be included.

You won't find any free cell phone directories online, but that does not mean you can not search to see what you can find. You can also see if you can find out a name to go with a mystery number if you use what is known as a reverse cell phone lookup .

Travis Craig writes informative articles about phone number searches, area codes layouts, and how to find out more information about them. To find more information on the caller location of any U. S. phone number-including more about free reverse phone lookups-visit


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