Wireless phone users could soon be
listed in the phone books just like anyone else. And just like people who have
traditional phones, they will have a choice as to whether they are listed or
The New York Times reported
that in October, most of the larger cell phone companies will begin to compile
a list of people and phone numbers to make the information publicly accessible.
Currently, people who look up a
number in the phone book, call the 411-information line or look up a number in
an online directory cannot find the numbers of cell phone users. The relative
privacy of cell phone numbers has created difficulties for some people as more
and more U.S. citizens completely disconnect from their land lines and rely
solely on their cell phones to communicate.
That change has prompted other
changes as well, including an initiative, now under way, to connect cell phones
to the 9-1-1 network to allow emergency operators to see the location of a
person calling the 9-1-1 number.
The Cellular Telephone
Industry Association, an industry organization, said that consumers’ numbers
would be added only if they choose to be included in the directory. In
addition, the group said in a statement, wireless companies do not plan to
charge phone owners who choose to opt out.
However, despite that, Verizon,
one of the largest cell companies, said it would not submit its customers’ information, The Times reported.
According to John Siebert, project
manager of the OOIDA Foundation, 91 percent of truckers responding to the OOIDA
member survey said they used a cell phone in their daily truck operation. More
than 81 percent said the cell phone was the main form of personal communication.