Do Not Call Registry Pros versus Free Reverse Phone Number Lookup

DNC_Registry_logoThe National Do Not Call Registry enables American consumers to enroll in a list of telephone numbers that do not receive telemarketing calls. Similar service to Do Not Call Registry is also available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, India or Singapore.

The National Do Not Call Registry of United States covers all its 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, North Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and toll-free numbers (500, 800, 866, 877, 880, 881, 882, and 888).

The Do Not Call Registry is operated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and enforced by the FTC. Any complaints can be sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the respective state Attorney General’s offices.

Since 2004, when the “National Do Not Call Act” was enacted in the US, it appears it has a little effect. Is there anything that consumers miss by registering in the Do Not Call Registry?


We put together a list of pros and cons of registration in the Do Not Call list. As the list is quite long, in this post you will be able to read the Do Not Call Registry benefits, and in the next one, the Do Not Call Registry drawbacks. Where relevant, the list of bullets points was supplemented by comparison with SHOULDIANSWER application.

SHOULDIANSWER offers a simple solution for blocking unsolicited phone calls. It is grounded on a database created by a community of users who have the app installed, and / or visit the application page. Users send anonymous evaluation of public telephone numbers based on truly calls made. Private numbers are not collected and evaluated. Ratings of phone number are centrally stored on a server in a common database, where they are checked by SHOULDIANSWER team and after approval distributed to all users who have the application installed on their mobile phones.

Guess which list is longer.

Will it be the Do Not Call Registry advantages or disadvantages?


DO NOT CALL REGISTERY ADVANTAGES versus Free Reverse Phone Number Lookup service of SHOULDIANSWER



+ Reduces Unwanted Calls by Approximately 80%

Just after registration in the Do Not Call Registry, certain percentage of consumers have noticed an increase in telemarketing calls, even telephone numbers that had never received any unsolicited calls. Based on a VoxPop study, about 80% of all registered noticed reduction in calls, while about 13% this effect was completely reversed.

The larger SHOULDIANSWER community reporting nuisance calls, the higher protection level, the more robust service for every member. SHOULDIANASWER more than 10 millions of unknown phone numbers checked and thousands of unsolicited phone calls blocked.


+ Do Not Call Registry Reduces Illegal Robocalls

Generally, prerecorded telemarketing messages known as robocalls aren’t allowed to promote any goods or services unless you gave a written permission. Permitted are informative robocalls only. That means, a debt collecting is allowed, while a debt reduction service is not.

With SHOULDIANSWER, phone numbers are evaluated by users; the system provides an average of all user ratings. Under these conditions, phone calls with beneficial information are generally labeled as positive or do not get into the system. Robocalls are perceived as spam. SHOULDIANSWER community is a source of reviews, our administrators only filter so that the system does not contain any rude comments, more posts per user etc.


+ Accepts complaints about unwanted text messages

Unwanted text messages can be send to the FCC, as it accepts complaints about SMS spam. T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscribers can report spam messages free of charge by forwarding spam to the number 7726 (spam).


+ Violations Are Subject to Penalties

If you have registered in the Do Not Call Registry and yet received a telemarketing call, you are entitled for filing a complaint with the FTC. If a company fails to comply with the rules, it can be fined up to $16,000 per incident.

SHOULDIANSWER offers free, public information, which can quickly spread across the Internet. Any company acting as an unsolicited telemarketer or nuisance caller can be recognized quickly.


34261151_s+ Do Not Call Registry Accepts Registrations of Cell Phone Numbers and Land Lines as well

There is noseparate registryfor cellphones and landlines. Do Not Call Registry is only one, operated bythe FTC.

SHOULDIANSWER is based on phone numbers and makes no distinction between cell phones or landlines. However, SHOUDIANSWER is an application for Android mobile phones, which naturally eliminates the possibility of blocking unwanted numbers on landlines. Any unknown telephone number can be found on


+ Do Not Call Registry Registration is Free

As the FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United State Senate for five-year terms, the Do Not Call Registry is actually funded by American consumers.

SHOULDIANSWER application can be downloaded for free at Google Play. Reverse lookup of telephone numbers is accessible without any registration directly at


+ Rules are widely Used and Accepted

June 27, 2003, when the Do Not Call Registry was launched, its registration portal collapsed. Since then, as in other registries, hundreds of millions of landline and mobile phone numbers were recorded in the United States National Do Not Call Registry.

SHOULDIANASWER checked more than 10 millions of unknown phone numbers and blocked thousands of unsolicited phone calls already.


+ TFC Makes Refunds for Victims of Autorobocall

In some special cases, the TFC can return money to consumers tricked by robocalls. In 2011 the TFC returned to robocall victims approximately 4,450 refund checks totaling USD 3,2 mil.

SHOULDIANSWER can protect you even before the robocaller gets to you.


+ Shares Only Phone Number with Telemarketers

Do Not Call Registry provides telemarketers with registrants phone numbers only, e-mail addresses and other personal data are stored separately. Phone numbers are available by area codes, for each area Do Not Call Registry (DNC Registry MA, DNC Registry NY, etc.) companies must pay a subscription fee.


+ You Can Register Your Telephone Number online at or by calling at (888) 382-1222

With one e-mail addresses up to three telephone numbers can be registered. To confirm your registration, you will receive an e-mail from When registering by phone, you must call from the number you wish to register. DNC Registry Singapore also enables registration to No Voice Call Register and No Text Message Register via a one single SMS.

SHOULDIANSWER can be downloaded for free at Google Play. Reverse lookup of telephone numbers is accessible without any registration directly at


+ There is No Subscription Renewal

The former limit five years for every landline subscription has been removed in 2007, so you no longer need to renew. The registration is permanent, unless you unsubscribe from the Do Not Call service, move or change your number.

SHOULDIANSWER has no limits for its use, if desired it can be easily uninstalled.


+ Exempt Organizations Can Voluntarily Subscribe to the Do Not Call Registry for Free

Any business exempted from the FTC’s and FCC’s requirements can voluntarily choose avoiding phone calls to the Do Not Call Registry subscribers and will not pay any fees to access the Do Not Call Registry data.


phones_enFrom the above mentioned follows that SHOULDIANSWER increases the effectiveness of the fight against unsolicited phone calls; it complements the Do Not Call Registry and eliminates Do Not Call Registry shortcomings. SHOULDIANSWER solves bullets in which the Do Not Call Registry does not stand out. This will be much more transparent from the following article summarizing shortcomings of Do Not Call Registry.

If you find any additional benefits of the Do Not Call Registry that should be stated, please contact us at, we will add your bullet to the list. If you have any comments or wishes concerning SHOULDIANSWER, please do not hesitate to contact us as well. We will be happy not only for praise but also for any constructive criticism.

If you would like to download the SHOULDIANSWER application to your cell phone, you can do so for free at Google Play.