This is great news: if you've signed up for the Do Not Call register, you no longer have to renew your registration. Once you're on there, you're on there for good.
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So this is the statistical proof that telemarketing companies should give up now: two-thirds of Australian households with a landline are on the Do Not Call Register, and the numbers continue to rise. According to the Australian Communications and Marketing Authority (ACMA), almost nine million numbers are now listed on the register, with one million of those signing up within the last 12 months.
We love the Do Not Call register, and we love it when companies get busted for ignoring it. That got us thinking: how many Lifehacker readers take advantage of it?
We're noting this a little belatedly, but it's still worth mentioning: more than 8 million Australians are now on the Do Not Call register. Memo to marketers: if the only way you think you can sell a product if by hassling people over the phone, you are wrong. Two-thirds of Australian households don't want to hear from you.
Yesterday, we looked at two tactics for dissuading telemarketers from calling again: giving them a fake name so you can detect them next time, or hanging up without another word. If neither of those appeal, here's some more options.
It's not nice to lie, but it's also not nice to get repeatedly called at dinner time by someone trying to flog you a mobile phone or pretending that you're a Telstra customer when you're not. If the Do Not Call list isn't quite cutting it for you, giving a false name is one way of potentially scaring off telemarketers -- or at least making them easier to detect.
The Do Not Call register launched on May 3 2007, so it celebrates its third birthday next month. That's good news for those of us sick of having our dinners interrupted by dodgy mobile phone sellers, but it also means we need to make sure our registrations are current.
In our recent post about expanding the Do Not Call Register, several commenters hoped their personal fax numbers would also be covered. The good news: they will be.
It's no great shock to learn that when it comes to interrupting your dinner with an unwanted phone call, telecommunications companies are at the top of the list. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, 55% of complaints regarding violations of the Do Not Call register relate to phone products and services. And it turns out that the usual "few bad apples" principle applies:
ACMA estimates that 5 per cent of the businesses complained about are responsible for about 70 per cent of the total complaints received
Have you found being on the Do Not Call register has helped cut down telemarketing calls?