I haven’t had a landline in a while and can’t remember if this was on my bill, but Verizon has been charging its users $5.25 to keep their landlines unlisted. The author, who is a victim of this “scam,” talked with some professionals who reveal the obvious: Verizon charges the fee simply because they can and nobody can stop them. If you don’t pay, “Your number will get published.” Thanks to Kyle for this one. "The cost charged to offer unlisted phone numbers is chiefly systems and IT based. Specifically, the costs we incur and factor into the monthly charge involve three things: quality control, data integrity and the interface we have with other carriers and directory publishers. These activities help us protect the feed of customer information we have, and must protect, when customers request that their telephone number remains private when requested."