How to Block Solicitation Calls on a Cell Phone

By Carl Carabelli
Block solicitation calls on your cell phone by registering with the FTC.

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Telemarketing calls can be an annoyance at best and borderline harassment at worst. Getting these calls at home is bad enough, but when they spill over to your cell phone, they reach a new level of aggravation. Fortunately, since 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered a national "Do Not Call" registry. Signing up is free and only takes about five minutes--a small price to pay for some added peace and quiet.

Visit the FTC's "Do Not Call" website and press "Enter"; you will be taken to the registration page to block solicitation calls.

Click the button that says "Register Now."

Enter your cell phone number (you can register up to three numbers) and your email address twice. The email address is required for the FTC to send confirmation. Click "Submit."

Review your information. If it is correct, click "Register."

Open your email account. You will have one email for each phone number you registered. Open the email and click the link inside. You will be taken to a page that says "Registration Complete." This must be done within 72 hours of receiving the email or the process will be voided and you will have to start over.

About the Author

Carl Carabelli has been writing in various capacities for more than 15 years. He has utilized his creative writing skills to enhance his other ventures such as financial analysis, copywriting and contributing various articles and opinion pieces. Carabelli earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Seton Hall and has worked in banking, notably commercial lending, since 2001.