UK Opt-Out Mobile Phone Directory

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by robbieduncan, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    First-off I did a seach, so sorry in advance if this is a duplicate!

    118 800 is a new UK-wide directory of mobile phone numbers. And it's opt-out. Your number may well already be available to anyone who wants it and knows your name. Not happy about that? Fair enough: opt out. Here's the

    Opt Out Link

    Takes about 30 seconds for them to text you the confirmation code...
     
  2. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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  3. 21stcenturykid macrumors 6502

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    Who's going to pay a quid to ask someone else to text you? They might as well spend 5 minutes texting people to get your number! Sounds pointless to me!
     
  4. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    Not if you're a stalker! :p
     
  5. Loge macrumors 68020

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    So, they add your number to a public list without asking you, and then -

     
  6. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    I'm not on the list :confused:

    I'm a contract customer so it must be because I've moved my number loads or something.
     
  7. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    ^^ Probably because you said not to share your mobile details when you signed up for your mobile account.
     
  8. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    That's a bit incorrect. I agree it would be scary if it was true. But it's not. As far as I see, if you want to contact someone, you have to enter:

    - The full name of the person you want to contact (both first and last)
    - it has to be the exact name they're registered with the phone company under. So your this guy Tom could be registered as Thomas or Thom or Tommy, and you have to know which one it is.
    - you have to enter where they live. The exact location. 'London' isn't accepted. It has to be 'Camden, London' or 'Soho, London' that kind of thing.

    - people with PAYG mobiles won't be registered (cos no contract)

    And after all that faffing about, if you get lucky it still won't give you their number. It'll send them a text with your details. It's up to the person to phone you back.

    And it seems a bit crap at finding people. I haven't been able to find a single one of my mates numbers in it. Not mine, not even my girlfriend who has lived in the same house 7 years and has a mobile contract with o2 for the last 5 years.

    Anybody else had better luck?
     
  9. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    There's a point. All my contracts (I've been on 3 in the last 18 months) have sort of blurred into one so I don't remember my settings but tbh if that is why my number isn't there then it seems people can't complain about their number being posted.
     
  10. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Im PAYG and i was on the list.

    I am not a number! etc and all the rest of it.
     

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