Provisions of the Federal Trade Commission's 900 Number Rule

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What Are the Provisions of the 900 Number Rule?

The FTC's 900 Number Rule requires that certain information be included in advertisements and preambles for 900 numbers. Advertisements in print, on the radio, or on television for 900 numbers must include:

On the advertisement, this information cannot be buried in small print. Rather, it should be placed next to the 900 number. It should also be printed at least half the size of the number itself. Such disclosures must also be made for television ads.

Can I Be Charged for a Preamble?

A preamble is the message that you hear when you first dial a 900 number (the introductory message). You cannot be charged for this. Also, this preamble must describe the service, the name of the company, and the cost of calling. It must also state the minimum age of calling (under 18 requires parental permission). After this, you must be given three seconds to disconnect the call without being charged.

What Types of 900 Numbers Are Covered?

The FTC's 900 Number Rule applies to various services:

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with These Issues?

A lawyer would be able to direct you to and guide you through the FTC's 900 Number Rule. A lawyer would be able to inform you of your rights under the Rule and can help you if you have any dispute.

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Last Modified: 01-11-2012 04:36 PM PST

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