Ta-Ta Telemarketers

Consumers gain a little more power over their cellphones as a leading seller of cell numbers drops out of the game

February 5, 2008

Intellius

Intellius

Getting cold-called on your mobile is even more annoying than the end-of-the-day ring on your home phone, but now one of the companies that's responsible for selling your cell number is going to discontinue the service.

The company, Intellius, has been selling private digits through a searchable online database. And although Intellius says it's done with the business for now – according to reports, it wasn't even working all that well--the company explains it away by effectively apologizing for being ahead of its time. In other words, this kind of thing will return. Intellius also praises its Cell Phone Caller ID service in the same release, noting that it offers consumers a way of fighting back against telemarketers.