Avoiding the Sell on Your Cell

Every minute of a daytime wireless call you answer costs money, even if it's someone you don't want to speak to.

That's why Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue wants to keep personal cell phone numbers off an upcoming national directory because that directory would likely be used by telemarketers.

Local wireless phone users say keeping their numbers off the list sounds like a good idea.

"I think the cell phone plans are very expensive and I don't want to waste my money on any telemarketers."

"I’m a college student and I have a hard enough time keeping up with my minutes as it is. And if someone calls me that I don't know, then my bill runs over and I can't hardly afford it, so I think this is a great idea."

"I think it's a good idea to provide us with privacy with our cell phones and not let telemarketers call in."

Some cell users say they already know what they'll do even if a telemarketer gets their wireless number.

"I’d hang up because it's using up my time and I have to pay for it, so I don't want them to call me on my cell phone."

It’s a message that's likely to get through to the Georgia General Assembly as they consider this proposal.