How to Keep Spam Off Your Cell Phone

Last Updated Oct 10, 2008 10:27 AM EDT

cell-phone.jpgTired of telemarketing calls on your cell phone? Want to keep spam out of your mobile inbox? PC World shows you how in Put an End to Cell Phone Spam. Here's an excerpt from the section on blocking sales calls:
If you do give out a mobile number, be sure to tell companies that it's mobile. If someone calls with a pitch, ask them to take you off their list, and also mention that they have called a mobile number. It's illegal for telemarketers to use autodialers to reach mobile numbers, so they'll likely respond quickly if you let them know.
I've been pretty lucky: I've rarely been the recipient of spam or sales pitches on my cell. Part of the credit goes to Gmail, which I use to filter the spam from my primary domain (meaning I get virtually zero spam on the desktop, too). What about you? Have you been the victim of cell spam? If so, have you been able to stop it?
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