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  • Why Verizon is losing more cellphone customers than ever

    04/22/2017 7:05:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/22/2017 | Brian Fung
    For the first time, the nation's largest wireless provider is losing customers faster than it can replace them. It's a major milestone for Verizon, which on Thursday reported a net decline of 289,000 cellphone subscribers over the past four months. Even though Verizon usually loses some cellular customers every quarter, it has historically lured enough back to be able to report growth in that part of its business. But recent months have seen hundreds of thousands of customers defect to competitors such as T-Mobile and Sprint, analysts say. Things could have been even worse if Verizon hadn't suddenly reintroduced unlimited...
  • I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

    02/22/2017 9:07:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 39 replies
    A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile. On his way through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside....
  • Cell Phone Plan Advice

    07/10/2016 6:37:01 PM PDT · by Ferndina · 52 replies
    I have seen Freepers discuss different cell phone plans, my son is in search of a new plan and when I searched for past articles, nothing was found. I was hoping if you would share positive experiences with your cell phone carrier and plan. I'm not super excited about mine. My sone have Republic Wireless now and is thinking of switching to Cricket. Thank you in advance.
  • Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling

    05/27/2016 7:17:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 140 replies
    WSJ video ^ | 5/27/2016
    Phone Scam ‘Onslaught’ Has Authorities Scrambling 5/27/2016 Telephone scammers posing as tech support, lottery reps or even government officials are inundating U.S. homes as cheap technology and the rapid rise in Internet access globally makes it easier to set up ..
  • Huge breakthrough in blazing fast internet speeds

    05/26/2016 4:27:33 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 91 replies
    That's the promise of G.Fast. It's a new technology that can deliver blazing fast internet over the wires (phone lines) you already have in your home. For many, it will be the first time they'll have more than one choice for broadband.
  • Looking for call blocking advice

    12/02/2015 7:37:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    Have any Freepers used nomorobo to block robo calls? Can it be trusted when used with simultaneous ring from my home phone? Ringing has gone berserker today for some reason.
  • Steep Costs of Inmate Phone Calls Are Under Scrutiny

    03/30/2015 7:24:01 AM PDT · by edwinland · 104 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 30, 2015 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
    Since the Pennsylvania police arrested Anthony Kofalt last March for walking out of a Walmart with 21 boxes of Crest White Strips he had not paid for, his wife, Heather, has spent $3,000 — about $60 a week — on phone calls to the prisons and jails where he has been held. The cost of a 15-minute call is $12.95, although Mr. Kofalt is in a prison only a few hours’ drive from his wife’s home in Franklin, Pa. The cost for a similar non-prison call would be about 60 cents. And every time Ms. Kofalt deposits $25 into the...
  • Receiving multiple calls from political robocaller. Vanity

    09/09/2014 9:39:16 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Who called info. ^ | 9-9-2014 | self
    Need advice. I have been receiving robocalls from a research frim called WHERE AMERICA STANDS RESEARCH - Telephone 847-250-1400. I do not answer the calls, but learned from a Google search what the caller is identified as. Has anyone else received calls from this research company? I found this from a Google search: "Bert Peal‎The Telegraph & Yesterday at 7:57pm · I would like to let everyone know that "Where America Stands Research" Has called me 8 times today in four hours on behalf of Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. I wonder if he is aware that he are...
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 33 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • How to Use a Rotary Phone

    07/27/2013 1:00:37 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 70 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/27/2013 | YouTube
    Video Linky Here
  • Justice Seized White House, Fox Phone Records

    05/22/2013 6:33:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    News Max ^ | May 21, 2013 | Todd Beamon
    Justice Seized White House, Fox Phone Records Tuesday, May 21, 2013 08:01 PM By: Todd Beamon The Justice Department seized the telephone records of at least five Fox News reporters and several White House staffers in connection with the 2009 probe into a former State Department contractor who is accused of leaking classified information to Fox journalist James Rosen. The disclosure came in a document filed in the case of the former contractor, Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, on October 13, 2011, The New Yorker reported today.
  • (Vanity) Need help with overwhelming JUNK phone calls on land line.

    01/03/2013 7:29:53 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 68 replies
    1/3/13 | Mamzelle
    I need to keep my land line, but I'm about ready to turn the ringer off which means real calls won't get my attention. This all really started at the change of the year, and may have something to do with the small political donations. Maybe. I don't know. But it starts in the morning and ends in the early evening. One is particular is GE Capital and I do absolutely no business with them. I went throught the "don't call" years ago. Anyone else experiencing this?
  • Catholic Church's Exorcist Hotline - Press 1 for Demonic Possession, Press 2 for Visions of Hell

    11/30/2012 9:23:25 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 30 November 2012 | Kerry Mcdermott
    Press one for demonic possessions, press two for visions of Hell ... Catholic Church sets up exorcist hotline • The hotline has been set up in Milan, Europe's biggest Roman Catholic diocese, to cope with growing demand for exorcisms • People ringing the hotline will be able to schedule a visit from one of a team of 12 on-call priests Help is at hand for Catholics in Milan who need to ward off evil at short notice. The diocese has set up an exorcist hotline to cope with growing demand for assistance in dealing with potential cases of demonic possession....
  • Suing Telemarketers - Simple and Cheap [after they ignore your request to stop calling]

    10/29/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    Please Note! As I have not had a chance to fully compile the list of every Small Claims Court in the United States yet, please visit this list until such time. If and when I get my list fully compiled, I shall be including a lot of extra data such as links to the applicable court rules and which courts allow the filing of claims online as mine does. Suing Telemarketers - Simple and Cheap When most people think about the process of suing a business entity, they naturally consider it a complicated and expensive process. They consider having to...
  • Caption This (cute kid in the Oval Office)

    09/30/2012 10:57:28 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 29 replies
    private e-mail | 10-1-12 | vanity
  • Rutherford Gate - Historian responds to Obama's Slur

    03/15/2012 2:59:22 PM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 18 replies
    New York News and Features | 3/15/2012 | Dan Amira
    Obama today compared his visionary thinking to that of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Gotta check - ok, he was a republican. Couldn't blame Bush somehow. In his call for the need of alternative energy sources he had to put down President Hayes. Said Obama, "One of my predecessors, President Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone: 'It’s a great invention but who would ever want to use one?'" Obama said. "That's why he's not on Mt. Rushmore." Oh, the inconvenience of actual facts. According to the curator of Hayes' Presidential Center, it turns out President Hayes was right on...
  • Are you paying to provide free cell service to people with low incomes? [PA free phone & 250 min.]

    08/05/2011 3:04:01 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 45 replies ^ | August 5 2011 | Katrina Schaefer
    Did you know that some of the fees that you pay on your phone bill may actually be providing free cell service to people with low incomes? A debate started in Pennsylvania after people became aware of the program, which offers a free phone and 250 minutes a month. Here's how at works: The FCC requires all phone companies to pay into something called the Universal Service Fund. Companies get the money they send to the fund by charging you on you bill. Money from the fund goes to companies who provide the free service to help offset their cost....
  • Your Phone Bill extra tax at work...

    06/13/2011 3:57:00 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 17 replies
    My own experience | June 13,2011 | Myself
    Every one of us who actually PAY for our phone service (land line or mobile) pay a fee each and every month for each phone line - it is called the "universal service charge". For many years, this "fund" sat unused, but collected by law. Fairly recently the government finally decided to put it to use - so they implemented a program for "low income" individuals to receive a prepaid cell phone with an allotment of minutes each day. Many of us have probably seen or heard the ads on TV, radio, and even on the 'net. I wasn't really...
  • Mandatory Phone Books and Filmmaker Welfare in the 'Harrison Bergeron' State

    03/25/2011 7:15:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/25/2011 | Ken Braun
    If you have an old landline telephone in Michigan, one of many outdated regulations requires the phone company to print and deliver a “white pages” directory to your house. In his 1961 short story Harrison Bergeron, novelist Kurt Vonnegut portrayed a dystopian society of enforced equality, where the strong, swift, beautiful and smart had those values degraded by a government that deliberately burdened them with handicaps. Michigan government has devolved to the point where it advances an eerily similar policy toward businesses. Ancient rules holding back phone companies on one hand and a welfare subsidy for filmmakers on the other...
  • Black Widow attempted New Year Moscow attack but blew herself up by mistake

    01/27/2011 6:45:36 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 90 replies ^ | 28 January 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    A "Black Widow" suicide bomber planned a terrorist attack in central Moscow on New Year's Eve but was killed when an unexpected text message set off her bomb too early, according to Russian security sources. The unnamed woman, who is thought to be part of the same group that struck Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Monday, intended to detonate a suicide belt on a busy square near Red Square on New Year's Eve in an attack that could have killed hundreds. Security sources believe a spam message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours...