Claims made in widely circulated emails stating that cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future are not true according to the Federal Trade Commission. While any consumer can register their cell phone with the federal Do Not Call Registry, there is no deadline by which you must do so.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers and the national association representing telemarketers has stated that their members do not intend to start calling consumers' cell phones.

While the telecommunications industry has been discussing the possibility of creating a wireless 411 directory, most telemarketing calls to cell phones would still be illegal according to the FCC, regardless of whether the number is listed on the federal Do Not Call Registry.

More information is available from the Federal Trade Commission and the federal Do Not Call Registry.