Re: Cell Phone Number in Ads/Bandit Signs - Posted by JT (CA)
Posted by JT (CA) on April 23, 2002 at 24:40:25:
You might be better off adding call forwarding to your local phone (land) line. This service is widely available, just ask your phone company about setup costs, monthly charge, etc.
The only difficulty with this is that you have to make sure you set it up to forward to your cell phone number on the actual phone, totally inconvenient because if you forget to forward and leave your house, your forward will not work that day.
I don’t think putting your cell number on the signs is a great idea because there are too many things that could go wrong with a cell phone, such as, WHAT-IF you lost your phone, you’d be changing numbers more often than not, because if it was theft, your service provider would want to keep your service alive to catch the thief, WHAT-IF you can’t answer calls because your phone has no signal because you’re in a tunnel, underground, or you’re simply in a dead zone? WHAT-IF you’re on the road and your battery lost charge? You’d have to have your voicemail greeting set up anyway to answer calls, in case you cannot answer.
In my opinion, I think a land line is much better to use for such a sign because if you’re home, you can readily answer the phone. If you have call forwarding, you can actually forward the call to another number, and it doesn’t have to be your cell. What if you’re visiting a relative for a week? You can forward your calls to that number, makes it convenient.
Not sure about your question on prosecution. To my knowledge, I’ve never heard of anyone being prosecuted by violating a local ordinance banning placing bandit signs. Even so, why would you worry about a $25 fine or whatever it costs, when you can potentially make $10,000 on a great deal. Check your medulla oblongata if you’re that worried.
All the best!