Cell phone directory gets hoots, hollers: This seems like a no-brainer to me.
The days of searching in vain for someone’s cell phone number are almost over. Starting early next year, you’ll be able to call directory assistance to get a mobile number.
However, some people object:
“These devices are considered much more personal than landline (phones),” says Chris Hoofnagle of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “People tend to carry them everywhere and answer them when they ring.”
What’s more, cell phone subscribers pay for incoming calls, even unwanted ones.
Such concerns prompted Verizon Wireless, the No. 1 wireless company, to keep its 40 million subscribers out of the directory.
Isn’t it interesting how cell phones have made phone numbers personal? A phone number used to be associated with a family ot a business — a group of people. But now, everyone in my family can have a cell phone, and therefore a phone number associated with them personally.