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Telemarketing to Cell Phones
12 Dec 2004 19:24:53 GMT

A thread in the local forsale newsgroup here has been debating the
legality of making telemarketing calls to cell phones (in the US).
While most people seem to believe it's NOT legal, no one has been able
to provide a specific reference.

Most people cite the TCPA, but it specifically refers to the use of
automated dialing equipment. While most telemarketing sweatshops use
autodialers, the question concerns local businesses who harvest phone
numbers from, for instance, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and
manually call the numbers on the list.

Are these calls, in fact, legal? And if not, can someone cite a
specific reference?

John Meissen

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