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Robocalls to Be Illegal Starting September 1

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Aug 28, 2009, 11:49 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Automated "robocalls" that come from companies will become illegal starting on September 1. Any company that places unsolicited or automated calls to consumers in an attempt to sell products will be violating the law and subject to a fine of up to $16,000 per call. Some exceptions apply. Banks, telephone carriers and charities are allowed to call consumers, and calls from politicians or public service announcements will be allowed through. The ban of pre-recorded calls was first approved by the Federal Trade Commission in August 2008.

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Aug 28, 2009, 12:36 PM

Yet another thing the government has no business in.

Don’t get me wrong I hate and I mean hate those robo calls. If I knew where they originated form I would literally burn that place to the ground. Obviously though they must work. If they did not work they would not be able to afford to keep the business running.

Yes it is horribly annoying to sprint to answer the phone just to hear some stupid machine. But it should not be criminalized. What is next? Are we going to ban smoking in public places because it annoys people (and don’t feed me the bs about health concerns, it that is true then outlaw it!)? Oh wait we already have banned smoking pretty much every where. What is next? Are we going to ban girl scouts from selling there cookies? I find them more annoying then robo c...
you analogy sucks. Smoking causes severe health effects. Second hand smoke is worse then smoking it yourself.

Now I get what you're saying, but some things just come down to right/wrong. Do you really need a damn machine calling your house. Cuz...
Smoking is already ban in public areas in many states like Louisiana and Mississippi, Mass, etc.
As long as the government is going to meddle (and let's face it for every laissez faire person such as yourself there is a progressive advocating government interference) this is something that I won't cry too hard about.
It's understandable to complain when the government starts sticking their noses in things the public doesn't care for... but in this case it is definitely in the public interest to stop this harassment.

Why complain about the government when they a...

Aug 28, 2009, 12:14 PM

Almost great news

"Banks, telephone carriers and charities are allowed to call consumers, and calls from politicians or public service announcements will be allowed through."

It sucks that politicians can still call. Evil or Very Mad
Yea true.....and Banks, telephone carriers and charities for that matter.

Listen up companies, if you are too lazy or cheap to hire or get a volunteer (in the case of charities) to make phone calls, then I have no interest in whatever you want to t...
How much does anyone want to bet that making this illegal won't change much?

I still get tons of illegal junk faxes, calls from bogus "charities", and robocalls. Most are caller id masked, most make a great effort to hide who they are.

Aug 28, 2009, 1:26 PM


im a third party dealer, and a majority of my buisiness is return customers, now in order to get them into the store i call them when they are eligible to upgrade... since i am not a phone company, i am a franchised cell phone dealer, is it now illegal for me to be makin these "5-star" calls? Confused

any help would be appreciated
Are you a robot? If so then yes. If no, then you're okay

Aug 28, 2009, 12:42 PM

I think i actually liked the robo calls

It made it much easier to screen my calls. the minute i heard the automated message i knew it was safe to hang up. when i hear a human voice i wonder if it actually pertains to me personally. so i am stuck listening to them till they tell me they are selling me something.

well i i do really hate the robo calls but they are a step up from telemarketers.

my top 4 things i wish would instantly vanish from the world most hated listed first in this order telemarketers, robo calls, drug dealers, homeless people.
hmm ok i dont like any of those things either. but VANISH? like you want homeless people to just vanish or whatever... or you wish that no one was homeless so homeless was something that didnt exist? Confused

Aug 28, 2009, 1:17 PM

and they are tracking this how..

...? because if the number is blocked then how are these companies going to be found and fined for this?
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