sorry Charles. I kept looking to see if I could come up with some sort of answer, but I never found anything. No, I don't think cell phone numbers were ever published in any sort of public directory. I think there's a way you can tell if a number is a cell phone or not, but that's not the same thing. so, I never found any sort of "real" legit warning about having to register your cell phone. That wasn't really the point of my original response. I was trying to say that any sort of email which asks you specifically to pass it on to as many people as possible, is very likely to be a hoax, and needs to be checked out by you before passing it on. It doesn't take much effort to learn to use snopes, and to research some email like this. even if this was real, say 10 years ago, it could still have turned into a hoax. Best answer I can give. Chip ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Charles Atkins Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 8:26 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Fw: Re: cell phones Chip had you ever received this email? ----- Original Message ----- From: Charles Atkins <mailto:catkins@xxxxxxx> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 7:46 PM Subject: [tabi] Re: cell phones Chip, are you saying this instruction never, before, had been ordered in America by any legitimate source? ----- Original Message ----- From: Allison and Chip Orange <mailto:acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:55 PM Subject: [tabi] Re: cell phones thanks for thinking of your friends Dorothy, but this is a very old hoax, at least 5 years old. I didn't even read the entire message, but I bet it says something like it's been verified on snopes.com well, it hasn't, and if you go look, you'll see it's a hoax. so, here's the new rule for posting any sort of warning about something bad which may happen to you if you don't do something to prevent, and by the way pass this on (always a part of these hoaxes): * you are not allowed to post any such warning, especially the kind which say to pass it on, unless you yourself have gone to snopes.com and verified that it is not a hoax. DO NOT believe the message when it says this has been done. thanks everyone. Chip ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dorothy Martin Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:30 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] cell phones REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month. REMINDER..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. .... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number. HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON .. It takes about 20 seconds Dorothy Martin Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.