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Old 16 June 2009, 12:54   #1
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New mobile phone ex directory

Has anyone been successful making their mobile number ex directory via web site
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I have sent two numbers and they are meant to send back a code to enter- and guess what neither code was sent to me
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Old 16 June 2009, 13:48   #2
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Old 16 June 2009, 14:10   #3
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From the FAQ section of the website:

"Can I be ex-directory with 118 800?
You can become ex-directory from this website. Or you can text the letter E to 118800 from the mobile phone you want to be made ex-directory. Standard network charges apply. The first time 118 800 contacts you you will be sent an SMS reminding you about how to become ex-directory. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your ex-directory request to take effect."

Note the last sentence.
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Old 16 June 2009, 14:12   #4
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My text just came through - took about 25 mins I think.
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Mobile Phone Directory

Have I missed a trick here? The default is, without asking me, my mobile phone number becomes part of the public domain? Is that how it is?

I heard that, or thought I heard something like that, on the BBC News and assumed I'd mis-heard. Privacy, confidentiality, databases and the like.

So for a mobile number I've had for years, I have to take action with a third party for them not to pubish my number?

How weird - illegal? - is that
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Have I missed a trick here? The default is, without asking me, my mobile phone number becomes part of the public domain? Is that how it is?

I heard that, or thought I heard something like that, on the BBC News and assumed I'd mis-heard. Privacy, confidentiality, databases and the like.

So for a mobile number I've had for years, I have to take action with a third party for them not to pubish my number?

How weird - illegal? - is that
Yes we are all to be added unless we bought a pay as you go phone and did not register it. We are all going on it if we have a mobile!!!!!!!!!!
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Have I missed a trick here? The default is, without asking me, my mobile phone number becomes part of the public domain? Is that how it is?
That was my take .. and having kept my number since they first came out in the UK .. I'm not happy about this either . I've always taken a mobile phone to be a personal thing,.. and also, I hate it for the fact that it can be a privacy invader, but felt I had to keep my number for my business .. now I'm angry it will be broadcast, I get enough spam as it is and this will not help
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Yes we are all to be added unless we bought a pay as you go phone and did not register it. We are all going on it if we have a mobile!!!!!!!!!!
they don't seem to have me or my wife listed (2 different phone suppliers but both registered). I am happy to keep it that way - but having looked at how its used you would need to be pretty keen to get hold of me to go through the hoops and spend the 1 -- and still not get my number - but send me a text with your details asking me to call you!
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Default setting for a landline is that it's published in the phone book though...

I agree though, this idea is an invasion of privacy. Both mine and Sixy's mobiles are ex directory on it now.
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Default setting for a landline is that it's published in the phone book though...
Yes, Nos, that's correct...but that is the landline provider listing your number when you take up their service in order to provide you a service. And, there's a mechanism at day one for opting out that is no more difficult than ticking a box.

This mobile thing is a third party action that seems to be getting away with no prior consultation with the end user and his personal data. As I don't get the sense that they're doing it out of the goodness of their hearts for the benefit of the community I have to assume that there are commercial interests at stake here.
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