Starting Jan 1, 2005, all cell phone numbers will be made public to telemarketing firms. This means your cell phone may start ringing off the hook with telemarketers. These telemarketers will eat up your free minutes and end up costing you money in the long run.
To reduce your telemarketing calls on your cell phone and your home phone, you can register your phone numbers (up to 3) with the Do Not Call Registry, operated by the Federal Trade Commission. You can register via the phone at 888-382-1222 or on-line at www.donotcall.gov.
It takes 3 months for your registration to take effect but it is in effect for 5 years!
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954