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Verizon Wireless Takes Telemarketer to Task

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Feb 25, 2009, 2:41 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Verizon Wireless revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against a telemarketing company that has continually called its customers. The company, based in Utah, made over 500,000 phone calls to Verizon Wireless subscribers to advertise the upcoming "Velveteen Rabbit" movie. The telemarketer used an auto-dialing program, and dialed as many as 11,000 calls per hour at a rate of one call every 0.32 seconds. Verizon Wireless say the company is violating the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which makes it illegal to use an autodialer to make calls to wireless phones. Verizon is seeking an injunction against the company.

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Feb 27, 2009, 2:41 PM

They called me too

I've got an AT&T handset and got a call from these folks while I was at work.

I asked them how they got my number, and they said they were dialing random numbers in my area.

I don't have any opinion about the movie - this is all I know about it - but I hope the marketing company gets in trouble. I am not paying to talk to a telemarketer.
its Verizons fault for selling your number, not the telemarketer for calling you, your personal information on Verizons is as safe just ask president barack obama!!!! LOL !!!! Laughing

Feb 26, 2009, 7:13 AM

God Bless Nokia!!!

Some Nokia phones have what is called "Call Screening" feature and when enabled, the numbers you enter into the feature automatically route the number so that your phone will not ring but send then caller to voice-mail. Smile

The G1 has such a feature as well....

Feb 25, 2009, 9:01 PM

Does anybody use the National-Do-Not-Call registry???

I registered my # like 3yrs ago.

Works like a charm everytime..... I have even did it for my business lines. Stop them in their tracks. Do have to give it Verizon for backing up the consumer though
first off, how in the heck did they get the customers numbers? they must have gotten it from Verizon Wireless, if they are calling Verizon customers. so with that said, verizon should be the one to blame for selling them their customers numbers. no go...
Thanks Jayshmay,
I actually DIDNT have this number; But do now.
psycho dramatic7

Feb 25, 2009, 7:16 PM

That's just rich....

Verizon is so considerate to want to protect their customers. Ha, are any of those customers going to see money for this?'s gonna go right into vzw's fat pockets. I seriously think that they pray/prey for stuff like this to happen.
Im sure if Vzw wins the case (which it seems like they will) they will most likely kick out a X amount of minutes to all its users who may have been effected by these Auto-Calls.

I dont see reason to kick out money unless some of those calls pushed...

Feb 25, 2009, 5:42 PM

Not FAIR!!

The only reason I want to go to that movie is BECAUSE they called me!

Feb 25, 2009, 4:48 PM

non sequitor

Wow, telemarketing to cell phones is terrible... but I'm glad to know one of my childhood favorite movies is being remade ;)
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