Getting Listed On The National Cell Do-Not-Call List

Hey, there!

For awhile now, land lines in residences have been able to be added to a national Do Not Call Registry, and now, cell phones are subject to the same privilege.

And there’s a very good reason you should add your number to that list: money.

You don’t like to be bothered at the dinner table (or first thing in the morning if you want to sleep in) with pesky telemarketers calling you at home. And you’re able to add your wired land-line POTS or VOIP number to the National Do Not Call Registry to prevent that. At least for the most part – some telemarketers ignore the do-not-call list and call anyway.

But, it has seemed to work reasonably well.

Now, cell phones can be added to the list, and you should do so immediately.


Because rather than being a simple annoyance, unwanted calls on your cell could cost you money, depending upon the plan you have with your cell company.

And no one wants to risk that, right?

Here’s what you do.

From your cell phone (and it has to be from the cell phone you want placed on the Registry), dial 1-888-382-1222 and confirm that you want your phone number on the list. Don’t worry – like the land line National Do Not Call Registry, this is run by the Federal Trade Commission, and telemarketers are required to remove all numbers on their lists that are also on the Registry. You can get more information at the FTC site that’s been set up for this:

Ah. That’s much quieter, isn’t it?

Hope this helps.


13 Responses to Getting Listed On The National Cell Do-Not-Call List

  1. Christopher Anderson December 3, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Done! Thanks!

    • Linda Roper June 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Thank you David.

  2. Todd Cattell December 3, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Just did it thank you David. btw is that the same # I should call to register my land line as well?

    • David H. Lawrence XVII December 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Yep, same number for land lines as for cell phones. It’s all part of the same Do Not Call government site.

  3. William Cline June 3, 2016 at 5:48 am #

    A most excellent and timely post.. Thanks so much for the info..

  4. Laura June 3, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Thank you David.

  5. Jennifer June 3, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    Thank you David.

  6. Amanda Serra June 3, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    Done and done! Thanks, David!

  7. Gretchen June 3, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    DID IT!!! Thanks David!!! You’re the BEST!!!

  8. Jan June 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this with us, David!

  9. Marlon Braccia June 3, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    Yup, they verified I did this in 2003! When I do get a telemarketing call, I sometimes take a moment to enter it here:
    It takes under a minute!

  10. Al Kessel June 4, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Hey David, thanks for this info. However, my phone/cell has been listed with the DNC since July, 2003, and it’s really no longer working. I just verified and yep, it’s still listed, BUT, over the last several months, I’ve been receiving an increasing number of telemarketing calls and it’s VERY annoying. I’ve reported each and every one, even blocked the numbers, but they just keep calling back using different numbers. Just thought you’d want an update. Thanks for all you do.

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