Cell phone directory on its way?

May 20 2004 - 12:51 PM ET | In The News
The Orlando Sentinel has a piece on a [possibly] upcoming cell phone number directory. For years cell phone users have enjoyed keeping their numbers private, but that might change. bq. The database being assembled by the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Assn. is expected to include about 75% of the 163 million mobile phones in the United States, making looking up a wireless number as easy as dialing 411. Even worse, CTIA is trying to set it up as a 411 type directory where you pay-per-use. Rest assured that many privacy advocates (and even Verizon Wireless) are fighting to make sure the database never makes it out of the lab. We'll keep you posted on any developments.