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Unlisting a phone number requires a request to be sent, by the owner of the phone to the directory, asking that their number be kept private. While service providers have often charged a fee to unlist a record from their directory, Phonebooks.com offers this option for free. We understand some people do not want their numbers to be made public.

While this may be helpful for minimizing unwanted calls, it makes it difficult for loved ones, friends, and even a child's school to get in touch with these individuals in the event that a number has been misplaced. Discovering that a phone number is unlisted can be frustrating. It should be understood that unlisting a number from this or any directory may not prevent telemarketing calls.

Telemarketers evoke a negative reaction from many people. They can call when it is least convenient. Their coercion techniques and pushy selling can make even the most mild-mannered person lean towards losing their cool. This annoyance was not overlooked or even not experienced by lawmakers in the capitol.

A few years ago, the powers that be came out with the National Do Not Call Registry (DNCR). This is an opt-in directory that acts as a first line of defense against receiving those telemarketing calls.

For years call recipients have been asking telemarketers to "take me off your list”.  While it doesn't hurt, if you couple such a thing with the DNCR you will be protecting yourself from future calls from this and other telemarketing groups.

The DNCR does not work for all types of telemarketing calls.  For example if you have done business with a company in the past, from home or business, they are allowed to call you in the future.

Registering with the DNCR is not restricted to landlines either. If one so chooses, a cell phone number can be added. "How would telemarketers get my cell phone number" you ask, just think about how many times you have given out your number to stores, financial institutions, government applications, subscriptions, retailers or others. Some of these places where the a number has been given out, may wind up being considered public record. Those that aren't, can end up sold to marketing companies (if they weren't already collected for that purpose). These numbers are available for telemarketers to find.

You should know that their are laws that make dialing consumers cell phones more difficult. Presently, telemarketing companies are restricted from using their auto dialing hardware to contact cell phone numbers, nonetheless, they would have to manually pick up a phone and dial a consumer. Nonetheless, it is still not a bad idea to add your cell phone to the DNCR.