Word of warning … never give your cellphone number to a credit card company.
Wal-Mart store credit card users received notice of an addendum to their agreement this month that is going to cost them money.
The addendum is basically saying that unless you opt-out they will send automated or pre-recorded messages to your cellphone whether it cost you money or not.
I’ve got a big problem with this. How can anything that is costing you money be an opt-out rather than an opt-in. Is that legal?
Who even reads those addendum’s. Even worse you have to call then to opt out … that’s pretty far down on my list of things I want to do .. right next to shoving bamboo under my fingernails ?
So if you are a Wal-Mart customer with a cellphone I have a suggestion for you … go to your Wal-Mart online account now and change your cellphone number to 866-630-2763 which is the number to call to opt-out … I guess the number for your local Wal-Mart store could be fun too.
This is the addendum they are sending!
IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENT TO YOUR ACCOUNT AGREEMENT
The following provision is being added to your account agreement:
You agree that GE Money Bank and any other owner or servicer of your account may contact you about your account using any contact information or cell phone numbers you provide (whether previously or in the future). You expressly agree to the use of any automatic telephone dialing system and/or automated or prerecorded voice when contacting you, even if you are charged for the call under your phone plan. .
The above provision will become part of your account agreement if you consent to the provision by (i) using your account more than 15 days after this notice is delivered to you or (ii) keeping your account open after January 15, 2009. If you do either of these things, we will conclude that you have consented to being contacted on your cell phone in this way. If you do not want to be contacted on your cell phone in this way, you may call us at 866-630-2763 at any time.