Annoying telesales companies, charities, your ex-girlfriend who stalked you for three years or even the local ASBO kids will all be able to get hold of your details and give you a call, or even a text.
And do you know what? It’s all your fault. That’s right, because you didn’t tick that little box at the end of one of the many applications you’ve filled in, you’ve allowed your details to be passed on and you’ve effectively given up any right you had to any privacy.
For just £1 118800 will pass on your details, providing you’re one of the 15million people listed in their database. It can also be used by private individuals seeking out numbers of people they don’t know. However, the argument there is that if someone doesn’t have your number then maybe there’s a reason for that.
118800 insist that people’s privacy is paramount to them and you can have your number removed from the database upon request. This sounds like a bit of a cop-out to me though. Surely if they were that concerned with people’s privacy they wouldn’t be buying numbers or giving out details in the first place?
Sorry to get all Daily Mail in this post, but this has annoyed me quite a bit. For years mobile users have got away with not being pestered by unwanted phone calls. It seems that now we could be heading down the landline path, where every other phone call seemed to be someone trying to sell you something.
Update: Ok guys, I’ve had a night to sleep on this now and I’ve realised I may have been a tad hasty with my fury. 1188800 will not pass on your details per se, but it is still possible that you might be bombarded with calls.
This is because of the phone call version of the service in which 118800 will make a call to a desired contact to ask if they’ll accept the call, similar to how reverse charge calling works currently. You can hear an example of this is action here.
The text based service works by sending a message to the person being requested, giving the seekers details so they can call back if they want to – which could possibly lead to a lot of unwanted texts.
My initial fury at mobile details being passed around companies remains, however. This is definitely not cool.
The good news is you can opt out. Either text the letter ‘E’ to 118800 from your mobile phone or call 0800 138 6263. Standard network charges apply.