Cingular Wireless sues telemarketers for calls to customers

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Cingular Wireless has filed three lawsuits to stop telemarketers from making unsolicited and illegal calls to Cingular customers.

The lawsuits were filed in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Cingular, one of the leading wireless operators nationwide, seeks injunctions and damages in all three lawsuits.

Cingular is the largest wireless company in the United States, with more than 54 million subscribers who use the nation's largest digital voice and data network. It is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp. and at&t Inc., whose merger was recently approved.

In one lawsuit, Cingular alleges that Sebell Telecommunications LLC of Miami made unsolicited marketing calls to Cingular subscribers through the use of an automatic telephone dialing system and a prerecorded message - actions expressly prohibited under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other laws.

Autodialing systems store or produce telephone numbers to be called using a random or sequential number generator.

Cingular alleges that Sebell conspired with a company in the Dominican Republic, called Florida Vacation Corp., to make the telemarketing calls that occurred in June and July.

Cingular originally filed a "John Doe" lawsuit on this matter in August. It has now amended the earlier complaint by identifying defendants discovered through Cingular's ongoing investigation.

Cingular's second lawsuit alleges that American Broadcast Systems Inc. of Seattle, used an autodialing mechanism to send prerecorded messages about "free vacations" to Cingular customers.

In a third lawsuit, Cingular alleges that Go2Prepaid LLC of Miami also made unsolicited prerecorded telemarketing calls to Cingular customers using an autodialing mechanism.

Cingular claims that Go2Prepaid worked in connection with Alo Hispanos of Bogota, Colombia, to make the calls.


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