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General Chat Thread, Millions opted into UK's first mobile phone directory in General; I don't like this one bit the service doesn't actually look that bad but I resent being "opted in" and ...
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    Millions opted into UK's first mobile phone directory

    I don't like this one bit the service doesn't actually look that bad but I resent being "opted in" and my details being sold in the first place. I'd like to be able to find out who "sold" my closly guarded number.


    Millions opted into UK's first mobile phone directory ? The Register
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    Hmm, opt-out is available by texting a shortcode, but there's no indication of charges for this. Presumably £1/text

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    You can become ex-directory by texting the letter ‘E’ to 118800 from the mobile phone you want to be made ex-directory or you can call us on 0800 138 6263. Standard network charges apply. The first time 118 800 contacts you you will be sent an SMS reminding you about how to become ex-directory. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your ex-directory request to take effect.
    From their website. Looks like they're not charging anything extra to remove people from the directory, which is something.

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    I remember being asked years ago by orange when I first got my PAYG Phone if I wanted my number to be in a mobile phone book if one became avalable so probably a question you were asked years ago

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    I am in their database, and I'm always very careful about making sure I tell companies not to pass my details on, so either they're harvesting numbers some other way or some companies I deal with are being less than honest. Could explain why they're so coy about the sources of their numbers.

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    If you check the FAQs, you can become exdirectory by ringing a free 0800 number.

    Also they don't actually give your number to the person who is looking for you. Instead they text you asking you to get in touch with the person who has contacted them (does that make sense?).

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    Yay, I'm not

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    Wonder if they bother to screen numbers on the Telephone Preference Service? I've got a tenner that says they don't.

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    I think it takes 4 weeks for them to remove your details from receipt of the request.

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    If I'm not in it, I think I might actually join. Its not as though they actually give out your number and seems to me to be a very well thought out method.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    If I'm not in it, I think I might actually join. Its not as though they actually give out your number and seems to me to be a very well thought out method.
    My thoughts entirely. My land-line is ex-directory, not because I want to prevent everyone from calling me, but that I want to prevent cold-callers from calling me. If there was a way of being in the phone book without having your details sold on, I would take it.

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    My feeling is that if I have taken the time to register with the Telephone Preference Service, then my details should not be on this.

    Fortunately, it appears that I, and the rest of my family, do not appear!

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    I'm not in it. Which is nice.

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    @ NickJones; I can agree with you as I said it looks quite well implimented I just don't like having to opt out of the service.
    I also have a feeling that the only way they could of got my number would be through one of them damn web forms that automatically re-ticks the opt out box when you need to change a detail on the form.

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    How do you know if your on it or not??

    I did try and call and they said they don't mobile numbers exept for businesses??



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