Telemarketers & Debt Collectors Fighting for Ringless Voicemail
"Frank Kemp was working on his computer when his cellphone let out the sound of Mario — from Super Mario Bros. — collecting a coin. That signaled he had a new voicemail message, yet his phone had never rung.
“At first, I thought I was crazy,” said Kemp, a video editor in Dover, Delaware. “When I checked my voicemail, it made me really angry. It was literally a telemarketing voicemail to try to sell telemarketing systems.”
Kemp had just experienced a technology gaining traction called ringless voicemail, the latest attempt by telemarketers and debt collectors to reach the masses. The calls are quietly deposited through a back door, directly into a voicemail box — to the surprise and (presumably) irritation of the recipient, who cannot do anything to block them.
Regulators are considering whether to ban these messages. They have been hearing from ringless-voicemail providers and pro-business groups, which argue that these messages should not qualify as calls and, therefore, should be exempt from consumer-protection laws that ban similar types of telephone marketing.”*
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