Urban Legend: T-Mobile Has To Give Your Cell Number To Telemarketers

There’s a chain email going around with some T-Mobile contact information attached to it claiming that if you do not register your cell phone with the “Do Not Call” list in 12 days, T-Mobile will be forced to release your number to telemarketers.

It’s not true, and it’s a variation on a chain email that has been circulating for years. Don’t fall for it!

Here’s the text of the email as we received it:

If you have not registered your number on the National Do Not Call List, you need to do this within 12 days or telemarketers will have access to your cell phone number. This is the case with all carriers in response to a new federal allowance. Please see the note below. To register a number, you must call from that number. I suggest you send this to all of your users.

“REMINDER….12 days from today, all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone:


It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time.

It blocks your number for five (5) years.

You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked.

You cannot call from a different phone number.”

In any case, you can add your cell phone to the “Do Not Call” registry if you like, but T-Mobile certainly isn’t going to sell or release your number. —MEGHANN MARCO

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