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  • Pioneer Press Watchdog: She died, but the T-Mobile phone bills kept coming [Ridiculous!]

    02/09/2010 10:35:07 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 30 replies · 1,912+ views
    Twin Cities.com/Pioneer Press ^ | 8 Feb 2010 | Debra O'Connor
    Last week was the final straw for Bruce Bethke and his family. His wife, Karen, answered the phone, and it was a collections call from T-Mobile, demanding payment on the cell phone account of her stepdaughter, Emily Bethke. She burst into tears and told the agent what the family, in increasing irritation mixed with their sorrow, had been telling T-Mobile for months: Emily is dead.....
  • Verizon to cut more than 10,000 workers

    01/26/2010 10:34:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 822+ views
    Providence Business News ^ | January 26, 2010 | PBN Staff
    Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it plans to cut more than 10,000 workers from its landline division this year as customers continue to get rid of home telephone service. The telecom giant made the disclosure the same day it reported a loss in the final quarter of last year as the company spent $3 billion on severance and other costs that stemmed from its decision to lay off thousands of workers last year. Verizon posted a net loss of $653 million, or 23 cents a share, in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $1.24 billion,...
  • Verizon to Cut More Than 10,000 Jobs After Sales Miss Estimates (Hope-n-Change!)

    01/26/2010 7:24:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 93 replies · 3,599+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 26, 2010, 10:01 AM EST | Amy Thomson
    Verizon Communications Inc., the second-largest U.S. phone company, plans to cut more than 10,000 jobs at its fixed-line unit this year after posting fourth- quarter sales that missed analysts’ estimates. The company plan to keep cuts at the same level as last year, when it reduced 13,000 positions, or about 9 percent of the unit’s workforce, Chief Financial Officer John Killian said on a conference call today. The business had about 117,000 workers at year-end. Sales rose 9.9 percent to $27.1 billion, missing the $27.3 billion average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Revenue at Verizon’s fixed-line service dropped 3.9 percent,...
  • Cybercriminals revive old scams to target smartphones

    01/16/2010 4:35:45 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 558+ views
    bbc ^ | 15 January 2010
    As mobile phones get more sophisticated, hi-tech criminals are dusting off some old tricks. Security companies have noticed a rise in trojans known as diallers that used to be popular during the days of dial-up net access. On a smartphone the diallers are being used to call premium rate lines leaving victims with a big bill. Experts say the diallers are proving popular as a quick way for criminals to cash in. Diallers were widely used during the days of dial-up net access when most people connected via modem. Many diallers lurked on porn sites and, once they snared a...
  • I’m thinking about switching to Vontage (VOIP) phone service.

    01/08/2010 5:55:43 PM PST · by doc1019 · 31 replies · 1,496+ views
    Need guidance from those with experience with this service. Is it worth it? What, if any, are the negatives?
  • Washington DC sues AT&T over calling cards

    01/04/2010 9:22:58 AM PST · by Abathar · 36 replies · 1,126+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | 01/04/2010 | unknown
    The attorney general for Washington D.C. has filed a lawsuit against an AT&T Inc unit, seeking to recover consumers' unused balances on prepaid calling cards. The suit claims that AT&T should turn over unused balances on the calling cards of consumers whose last known address was in Washington, D.C. and have not used the calling card for three years. "AT&T's prepaid calling cards must be treated as unclaimed property under district law," the attorney general's office said in a statement. According to the attorney general's office, that sum, known in the industry as "breakage," represents some 5 to 20 percent...
  • AT&T is latest to end Tiger Woods sponsorship

    12/31/2009 8:41:33 AM PST · by truthandlife · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12-31-09 | PETER SVENSSON
    AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the world’s top golfer, who’s taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity. The phone company hasn’t used Woods’ image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a “multiyear” agreement when it was signed early in 2009. Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007. The phone company said it would continue to sponsor the event,...
  • AT&T drops sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 9:33:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,099+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/31/09 | AFP
    NEW YORK (AFP) – US telecoms giant AT&T announced Thursday that it was hanging up its sponsorship deal with disgraced golfing star Tiger Woods who has been embroiled in a sensational sex scandal. "We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future," the company, which backs the US PGA Tour event operated by the golfer's foundation, said in a terse, one-line statement. It was the latest blow for Woods since he inexplicably crashed his car into a tree and fire hydrant outside his Florida home in the early hours of November 27, unleashing...
  • AT&T ends sponsorship deal with Tiger Woods

    12/31/2009 7:34:18 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies · 789+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 12/31/09 | Staff
    NEW YORK - AT&T says it will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after numerous allegations of infidelities.
  • AT&T wants out of landline business

    12/31/2009 5:15:15 AM PST · by decimon · 89 replies · 2,798+ views
    AFP ^ | Dec 30, 2009 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US telecom giant AT&T has asked US regulatory authorities to waive a requirement that it and other carriers maintain costly landline networks. AT&T, the oldest US telephone company, made the request in a filing last week with the Federal Communications Commission in which it also asked the FCC to set a "firm deadline" for phasing out wireline service. "The business model for legacy phone services is in a death spiral," AT&T said. "With an outdated product, falling revenues, and rising costs, the plain-old telephone service (POTS) business is unsustainable for the long run."
  • Thales-Orbital Team To Build Satellite for Mobile Telecom Startup

    12/28/2009 5:31:21 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/23/09 | Peter B. de Selding
    PARIS — Mobile satellite communications startup OverHorizon of Sweden has selected Thales Alenia Space of France and Italy, and Orbital Sciences of Dulles, Va., to build its first satellite, to be launched in early 2012 under a contract announced by the manufacturers Dec. 23.
  • McDonald's Switches to Free Wi-Fi in January

    12/16/2009 4:06:15 PM PST · by Poser · 19 replies · 976+ views
    Wi-Fi Net News ^ | 12/16/2009 | Wi-Fi Net News
    Starting in January 2010, US McDonald's restaurants will no longer charge for Wi-Fi: The quick-service chain has service in 11,000 of its 14,000 locations in the US, and previously charge $2.95 for two hours access. The network is operated by AT&T, originally contracted by Wayport which was acquired by the phone giant last year. Most AT&T subscribers get free access at McDonald's, Starbucks, and a few thousand other locations...
  • Verizon Droid ad calls Apple iPhone "tiara-wearing digitally clueless pageant queen"

    12/04/2009 12:43:52 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 87 replies · 2,044+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | Friday, December 04, 2009 - 09:28 AM EST
    Verizon has launched a new ad for the Motorola Droid, "Pretty." Electronista reports, "The new spot directly attacks the iPhone and calls Apple's handset a 'digitally clueless pageant queen,' making fun of its focus on style and even mocking the glass case Apple used to display the phone at its launch in 2007." MacDailyNews Take: Focus on style? Just because iPhone has style, doesn't mean that Apple focuses on it. If anything, Apple focuses on the apps available for iPhone. Something with which, along with style, the brick heavy Droid simply cannot compete. Electronista continues, "It meanwhile thrives on the...
  • Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enf. Requests for GPS Location Data in Past Year

    12/01/2009 3:24:41 PM PST · by Heartlander2 · 72 replies · 2,916+ views
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | December 1, 2009 | Kevin Bankston
    This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC's privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called "ISS World". ISS World — the "ISS" is for "Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering" — is where law enforcement and intelligence agencies consult with telco representatives and surveillance equipment manufacturers about the state of electronic surveillance technology and practice. Armed with a tape recorder, Soghoian went to the conference looking for information about the scope of the government's surveillance practices in the US. What Soghoian uncovered, as he...
  • Some Californians set to begin 11-digit dialing

    07/23/2006 4:15:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies · 2,360+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 23, 2006 | Dan Laidman
    LOS ANGELES – Starting Wednesday, seven-digit dialing will be a thing of the past for a broad swath of coastal Los Angeles County. Residents of such posh enclaves as Santa Monica, Malibu and Brentwood will be among the first Californians to be required to dial 11 digits each time they pick up the phone, even if they are calling a next-door neighbor. The change comes as part of the state's first-ever area code overlay, in which future phone numbers within a region receive a new area code while existing numbers keep the old one. It contrasts with the more common...
  • Hybrid Chip Means Verizon iPhone is Coming in 2010

    11/08/2009 12:14:43 PM PST · by Cyropaedia · 20 replies · 928+ views
    The iPhone FAQ ^ | 11/8/2009 | Thomas Estilow
    The second half of 2010 could finally bring a much-anticipated Verizon Wireless iPhone. A new hybrid chip developed by Qualcomm makes it possible to communicate with several different network technologies using only one component. This means Apple can manufacture one device, the "world mode" iPhone that will work on all of the networks it's currently compatible with as well as Verizon's CDMA network. Previous reports speculated that Apple would wait until at least 2011 for Verizon's launch of LTE technology.
  • French Telco Sets $1.5 Billion Program To Prevent Staff Suicide

    10/29/2009 2:55:19 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 621+ views
    All Headline News ^ | October 29, 2009 | Windsor Genova
    Paris, France (AHN) - France's largest telecommunications firm is setting aside $1.48 billion to fund a stress-reduction program for staff aimed at ending a spate of suicides among its workers. France Telecom SA revealed the plan Wednesday in the face of lower third quarter profits. Under the planned program, staff aged over 57 or those who feel full time work is adversely affecting their health will be offered part-time jobs. Last year, 28 staff of the firm committed suicide. The suicides were blamed on poor working conditions at the company, which is trying to cut cost to meet profit targets.
  • ATT phone service

    10/24/2009 11:50:38 AM PDT · by shadeaud · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    vanity | Oct.24,3009 | shadeau
    Cell Phone Service Interruption
  • Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat

    10/22/2009 9:36:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 493+ views
    WP ^ | 10/22/09 | Cecilia Kang
    Telecom firms face net-neutrality defeat LOBBYING BLITZ MAY FALL SHORT FCC expected to approve plan to develop Web access rules By Cecilia Kang Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, October 22, 2009 Facing a major regulatory issue that could be worth a fortune in future business, AT&T has unleashed the kind of lobbying blitz that makes it one of the grand corporate players of the great Washington game. And yet, for all the money AT&T and other old-line telecom and cable companies have spent pushing their cause, they are poised to lose a key vote to a bunch of younger technology...
  • Suicide toll at France Telecom hits 25

    10/15/2009 2:36:03 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies · 661+ views
    watoday.com ^ | October 16, 2009 | watoday
    A France Telecom employee committed suicide on Thursday, becoming the 25th staff member to kill himself over the past 20 months, a company official said. The 48-year-old engineer hung himself in his Brittany home, one month after he had taken medical leave following a recommendation from the company doctor. The latest death brought to 25 the number of employees who have taken their lives since February last year at France Telecom, a former state monopoly that has been under major restructuring. Many of the employees have left notes blaming management decisions or stress at work. The 25th death came just...