How to Buy Mobile Phone Numbers for Text Message Marketing

July 7, 2018

I’m Derek Johnson with tatangocom, and I’m here to answer the question, “Can I Buy Mobile Phone Numbers for Text Message Marketing?” So right off the bat, it is legal to buy phone numbers

There is no law out there that says you cannot buy phone numbers It’s essentially data, you’re buying data What you cannot do with that data is you cannot send them text messages, especially text message marketing messages, because of the fact that we have laws in the United States And that law is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, sometimes known as the TCPA It’s federal law because it’s under the FCC, and essentially, what this law says is you cannot send text message marketing messages to a consumer if they have not given their expressed written consent

This essentially means that if the consumer didn’t ask for these text messages, you can’t send them text messages So, break it down You can buy phone numbers, you can buy millions of phone numbers from a data warehouse or you can scrape phone numbers, you can do whatever you want You can acquire phone numbers and that’s all great and that’s not illegal, but sending them a text message because those phone numbers obviously have not opted in to receive text messages from you because you purchased their phone numbers, sending a text message to those phone numbers that did not opt in is illegal It’s a violation of federal law under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or TCPA

Sending a text message to those phone numbers can cost you between $500 and $1,500 per text message in lawsuits from consumers So, it’s definitely something you don’t wanna do You can buy phone numbers, but you definitely do not wanna send text messages to those phone numbers So hopefully, that answers the question as to, ‘Can you buy mobile phone numbers, and then can you use them for text messaging?”

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