Pinkin Bill to Stop Unwanted, Unsolicited Telemarketing Calls to Residents’ Cell Phones Cleared by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin to prohibit unsolicited telemarketing sales calls to commercial mobile service devices was recently approved by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.

Currently, the national “no call list” law prohibits all telemarketing sales calls from being made to cell phones, except that a cell phone service provider may call its own customers.

“The statewide “no call list” has helped to end intrusive telemarketing calls to New Jersey homes,” said Pinkin (D-Middlesex). “The law must be expanded to stop telemarketing companies from now targeting residents’ cell phones.”

The legislation (A-2933) clarifies the state’s “no call list” law to prohibit unsolicited telemarketing sales calls from being made to cell phones. The bill stipulates that telemarketers would be allowed to contact customers who have provided telemarketers their contact information.

“Unsolicited telemarketing calls to mobile phones can infringe on consumers’ time and data plan,” Pinkin continued. “Residents should have the option of placing mobile phone numbers on the ‘no call list’ and put an end to these annoying calls that impose on their lives and use up their minutes.”

The committee voted to release the bill on October 23.