No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer?

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Slashdot reader midwestsilentone tipped us off to a growing problem. Lifehacker reports: New technology allows telemarketers to leave ringless voicemail messages, and it’s a method that’s gaining traction. While there are laws to regulate businesses when they call consumers, some groups argue that ringless voicemail shouldn’t count. The New York Times reports, “ringless voicemail providers and pro-business groups…argue that these messages should not qualify as calls and, therefore, should be exempt from consumer protection laws that ban similar types of telephone marketing”… After receiving a petition from a ringless voicemail provider, the Federal Trade Commission has started to collect public comments on this issue. So what can you do about it? First, you can head here to leave your public comment and if you’re getting these voicemails, you can file a complaint with the FCC here. Presumably that only applies if you’re in the U.S. But I’d be curious to hear how many Slashdot readers have experienced this. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer?

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