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  • 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 & macon.com 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
    abc15.com ^ | 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
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • Can you hear me now? Of course; I'm on a land line

    09/06/2010 7:28:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | September 6, 2010 | By Stephen Randall
    Sitting here in my den, I have two ways that I can call you and two ways that I can get a call from you. One of them has been around since the late 1800s and still does pretty much what it did when it was invented. The other is virtually magic in a box — and that box isn't much bigger than a deck of cards. One sits like a weird dusty antique on my desk. It's not pretty. No talented designer has ever bothered to make it museum-worthy. When it rings, I hear the same sound, no matter...
  • "We're Sorry The Number You Have Dialed..." Pat Fleet The Lady behind The Voice...

    08/21/2010 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 19 replies
    Pat Fleet ^ | 8/21/2010 | Pat Fleet
    Pat Fleet's "AT&T" is one of the most recognized sounds in the United States. Described as a "mega star" of phone voices by Ted Koppel on ABC's Nightline and affectionately called "Ma Bell" by telephone workers, Pat has been the voice behind literally tens of thousands of telephone recordings since 1981 - speaking to millions of callers daily with coin and credit card requests, explaining services or just thanking them for using AT&T... Her digital studio and online ordering over the internet make recording & delivering voice-overs whenever you need them incredibly easy.
  • What's your opinion re various cell phone packages?

    06/12/2010 10:53:17 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 34 replies · 776+ views
    This is for my wife. She's got to upgrade to a 4 gig Iphone (or some such) that has, among other things, email capability. She/we will thus have to have unlimited phone calls, unlimited texting and graphics/pictures, and internet/email. At the present we have AT&T but have to pay extra for texting, pictures and email. What companies/plans would you recommend? thanx so much.
  • Gov. Admits O'Keefe Didn't Commit Felony; Judge Then Orders Damaging Evid. On Landrieu Be Destroyed

    05/30/2010 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies · 1,201+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-30-10 | Curt
    Patterico has posted the court document filed in James O’Keefe’s criminal case bearing the title “Final Factual Basis,” signed by the Assistant U.S. Attorney representing the Government: In the document the government acknowledges that there was NO evidence that the defendants intended to tamper with Landrieu’s phone system. So what does the government do? They attempt to hide this fact from the press: O’Keefe told me last night that Assistant U.S. Attorney Ginsberg summarized the stipulated factual basis in open court, but initially omitted any mention of the paragraph I just quoted. (Consistent with O’Keefe’s statement that the AUSA read...
  • How to Dial a Telephone

    04/14/2010 11:49:46 AM PDT · by fishtank · 61 replies · 1,269+ views
    I guess there's LOTS of people now who never had to learn to dial a telephone!!!
  • AMF X 2

    12/15/2009 2:30:16 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies · 590+ views
    INTERNET HAGANAH.com ^ | December 15, 2009 | Aaron Weisburd
    Note: Telephone transcript and web posts included. 15 December 2009 "AMF X 2" SNIPPET: "Ehsanul Islam Sadequee and Syed Haris Ahmed were sentenced to prison yesterday in US District Court in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadequee got 17 years, and Ahmed 13 - both are subject to 30 years court supervision upon release. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the second link and read some of Judge Duffy's remarks to Sadequee). • Terrorism Defendants Sentenced • Federal Judge Sentences 2 Muslim Americans for Conspiring to Aid Terror Groups Sadequee and Ahmed were part of the global network of jihadis that...
  • Telephone emergency warning system set to begin

    11/27/2009 6:24:01 AM PST · by myknowledge · 3 replies · 332+ views
    The final trial of the new new national telephone warning system has been completed in Victoria. The new system, called the Emergency Alert System begins operation next week. More than 50,000 test messages were sent to phones in Torquay, Colac, the Dandenong Ranges and Maribyrnong as part of a trial that began on Tuesday. It allows text messages to be sent to mobile phones based on a billing address, and voice messages to landlines based on location. The Premier, John Brumby, says the system will allow emergency services to send 300 text messages per second, and 1,000 voice messages per...
  • Telephone workers brief Mass. Congressional Delegation on Verizon's proposed job cuts

    08/20/2009 11:13:35 AM PDT · by HalfFull · 24 replies · 860+ views
    Open Media Boston ^ | 7/20/2009 | Rand Wilson
    Angry about how a highly profitable corporation like Verizon is threatening hundreds of layoffs, telephone union leaders and some potentially laid off workers held an unprecedented briefing with the staffs of five members of Congress and both Massachusetts senators. The meeting was convened in Senator Kennedy's office at the Boston Federal Building and was attended by leaders of all the Massachusetts IBEW telephone workers' unions. "Despite being a very profitable corporation, Verizon announced it wants to cut 8,000 jobs nationally and as many as 500 jobs in Massachusetts," said Myles Calvey, Business Manager of Local 2222 and Chairman of the...
  • Remote Wash. Community To Get Phone Service [Stehekin]

    07/24/2009 1:59:50 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies · 2,033+ views
    WSBTV.com ^ | July 23, 2009 | staff reporter
    YAKIMA, Wash. -- One of the most remote communities in the lower 48 states is finally set to get phone service. The National Park Service is allowing a small telephone company to use public land to bring service to Stehekin, about 100 miles northeast of Seattle in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Stehekin has about 80 year-round residents and is reachable only by boat, float plane or a several-day hike through the wilderness. The phone company, WeavTel, has been pursuing a chance to install telephone service there for years, despite opposition from some residents who don't want it. A...
  • telephone dysetiquette

    01/24/2009 2:14:17 PM PST · by franksolich · 19 replies · 406+ views
    conservativecave ^ | January 24, 2009 | self
    I went to a wedding in a big church out in the Sandhills of Nebraska this morning, but before leaving on the long drive, I got all set up in the usual standard customary blue three-piece pin-striped suit, when I suddenly remembered something. There was a bonfire on Skins's island the other day, where the primitives were talking about cellular telephones, and Playboy Pedro mentioned that some time ago at a wedding party, he had gotten drunk and dunked his cellular telephone into the wedding punch. Never mind that Playboy Pedro is circa three decades too old for such nonsense;...
  • Google Wants Its Own Fast Track on the Web

    12/15/2008 8:39:47 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 26 replies · 1,709+ views
    WallStreetJournal ^ | 12/15/08 | VISHESH KUMAR and CHRISTOPHER RHOADS
    The celebrated openness of the Internet -- network providers are not supposed to give preferential treatment to any traffic -- is quietly losing powerful defenders. Google Inc. has approached major cable and phone companies that carry Internet traffic with a proposal to create a fast lane for its own content, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Google has traditionally been one of the loudest advocates of equal network access for all content providers. At risk is a principle known as network neutrality: Cable and phone companies that operate the data pipelines are supposed to treat all traffic...
  • How to beat the Obama $$$ advantage, Help needed

    10/21/2008 7:19:06 PM PDT · by fooman · 19 replies · 790+ views
    Bookmaestro and I have managed to recruit few a dozen friends to make hundreds of calls for the McCain campaign. It is actually quite easy to do from your own home and does not require travel to a 'call bank' by going to: www.johnmccain.com/dashboard You can make a hugh =) difference. A short script provided by the campaign (which you can improve on over time) makes this easy. The McCain site provides the numbers to call and you provide the time. At the end of the call you can quickly note how the call went, which will no doubt help...
  • Government will spy on every call and e-mail (UK)

    10/05/2008 6:29:55 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 17 replies · 1,176+ views
    Times Online ^ | 10/5/08 | David Leppard
    Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain. GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1 billion to finance the first stage of the project. Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers - thought to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers. Ministers are braced for a backlash similar to the one caused by their ID cards programme. Dominic...
  • Israel Accused of Phone Threats

    07/17/2008 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 8 replies · 125+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 07.18.2008 | correspondents in Beirut
    LEBANON'S new telecommunications minister has accused Israel of bombarding Lebanese people with threatening phone calls, a day after a controversial prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah. "Hundreds of people throughout Lebanon received threatening phone calls on their landlines from Israel,'' Gibran Bassil said overnight. "The phone would ring, the person would answer and they would hear a message saying, 'This is from the state of Israel. Abandon Hezbollah or there will be another war, like there was in 2006,''' he said. Mr Bassil, a member of the Free Patriotic Movement, the main Christian party in the Syrian-backed opposition, said he...
  • Honey, John McCain is on the line. Do you want to take the call?

    06/24/2008 3:49:23 PM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 21 replies · 72+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | June 24, 2008 | Mark Hollis
    John McCain is holding a town hall meeting tonight. Nothing unusual, right? Except that this time, he’s holding the meeting by telephone. And who’s on the line? Possibly 50,000 registered Democrats and political independents who live in Democratic-heavy Palm Beach and Broward counties. The call from the Arizona senator will go out at 6:45 p.m.
  • Dial-a-marriage, eh!

    02/16/2008 12:52:48 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 370+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | February 16, 2008 | TOM GODFREY
    Islamic law allows telephone nuptials, which enables Muslims to sponsor loved ones to Canada Long-distance telephone marriages can be dialled up under sharia law and then used to sponsor loved ones into Canada, Muslim leaders say. Two Muslim leaders have told the Toronto Sun telephone marriages are permissible under Islamic law and require two witnesses and imams here and abroad to conduct the vows, which may have the bride in Pakistan and the groom in Toronto. Once completed, a marriage certificate is obtained abroad legitimately in Muslim countries and can be used by the groom for sponsoring his new wife...
  • Romney's Florida Robo-Calls (VANITY)

    01/25/2008 1:45:33 PM PST · by surely_you_jest · 36 replies · 172+ views
    The upcoming FL presidential preference primary cannot come soon enough. My home phone is being spammed with junk taped telephone calls on behalf of Mitt Romney. We just received the third call in the last four hours on behalf of Romney. One call featured Bay Buchanan. another was Romney himself. My wife answered the third and hung up so quickly we don't know who recorded that tape. I accept that Gov Romney believes that he is in a tight race, but this is ridiculous. And, frankly, counter-productive. I really hate being spammed with junk phone calls in this fashion. And...
  • Need Phone Tech Advice Wireless Phone Plug?

    01/04/2008 10:40:08 AM PST · by purpleraine · 46 replies · 806+ views
    purpleraine | 1-4-08 | self
    I am trying to hook a phone line into my DirecTV TIVO box. I have no phone plug in that room or the two adjoining rooms. I don't want to run a wire open from the back rooms to the TIVO box.Is there such a thing as a wireless phone plug. Anyone recommend a fix?
  • Unethical VOIP Practices by Vonage

    12/28/2007 8:53:41 AM PST · by BuffaloJack · 21 replies · 192+ views
    In late October I switched my VOIP phone service from Vonage to Verizon's Voice Wing. The reason was a few features not offered by Vonage and the price was the same as with Vonage. It took over a month and several phone calls to Vonage customer service before they would release my phone number to Verizon. They then put a block on my phone number, without telling me, so that my phone cannot be accessed by any Vonage customer. It took me several weeks and help from friends with Vonage service to figure out what Vonage had done. I called...
  • Book argues that Bell stole phone idea[Alexander Graham Bell]

    12/27/2007 2:05:00 AM PST · by BGHater · 81 replies · 435+ views
    AP ^ | 26 Dec 2007 | BRIAN BERGSTEIN
    A new book claims to have definitive evidence of a long-suspected technological crime — that Alexander Graham Bell stole ideas for the telephone from a rival, Elisha Gray. In "The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret," journalist Seth Shulman argues that Bell — aided by aggressive lawyers and a corrupt patent examiner — got an improper peek at patent documents Gray had filed, and that Bell was erroneously credited with filing first. Shulman believes the smoking gun is Bell's lab notebook, which was restricted by Bell's family until 1976, then digitized and made widely available in 1999. The notebook...
  • Book argues that Bell stole phone idea (AP)

    12/27/2007 5:33:50 AM PST · by Slapshot68 · 2 replies · 46+ views
    "A new book claims to have definitive evidence of a long-suspected technological crime — that Alexander Graham Bell stole ideas for the telephone from a rival, Elisha Gray. In "The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret," journalist Seth Shulman argues that Bell — aided by aggressive lawyers and a corrupt patent examiner — got an improper peek at patent documents Gray had filed, and that Bell was erroneously credited with filing first."
  • Vonage anyone?

    05/16/2003 7:04:20 PM PDT · by paul544 · 9 replies · 274+ views
    Anyone else using Vonage? I hooked mine up yesterday in 5 minutes. The quality is outstanding. So far so good. A good month and Bellsouth and MCI can kiss my arse..
  • Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phones

    09/29/2007 11:31:20 PM PDT · by Stoat · 28 replies · 148+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 30, 2007 | JASON LEWIS
    Big Brother Britain: Government and councils to spy on ALL our phonesBy JASON LEWIS - More by this author » Last updated at 23:31pm on 29th September 2007  Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow.  The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will...
  • McLeodUSA Communications Down - Vanity

    09/13/2007 2:54:39 PM PDT · by Crusher138 · 17 replies · 499+ views
    We are customers of McLeodUSA Communications. They serve businesses and customers in several states. Our phones went down two hours ago and there is no answer from customer service. I did finally get through to someone in sales who told me that it was a "nationwide, catastrophic failure" and that all of the their techs are working on it. Is anyone else a McLeodUSA customer or is any other network having issues?
  • (867-5309) Jenny, They've Got Your Number in a Legal Battle

    05/20/2007 2:59:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies · 1,847+ views
    SignOnSanDiego.com ^ | May 20, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Jenny, they've got your number in a legal battle ASSOCIATED PRESS May 20, 2007 LINCOLN, R.I. – One-hit wonder Tommy Tutone made the phone number 867-5309 famous in the band's 1982 hit single, which uses the digits over and over in its catchy refrain. Now, a Rhode Island company and a national firm are battling over the right to use the number, which doesn't reach the “Jenny” that Tutone sings about but could find callers a decent plumber. Two years ago, Gem Plumbing & Heating of Lincoln, R.I., trademarked the phone number from the song, which reached No. 4 on...
  • VANITY: Anybody else have Arabic(?) interference on radio or phone?

    01/20/2007 4:08:13 PM PST · by Pirate21 · 26 replies · 571+ views
    my radio; acquaintence's phone | 01/20/2007 | Pirate21
         Too weird to be coincidence. This afternoon while listening to the radio, the broadcast was interrupted by a trasmission of someone speaking a foreign language. My thought, 'I don't think that's quite Spanish. Is that Arabic?' Went back to work around the house and forgot about it.      This evening, an acquaintence called to tell me about something odd that happened to them. They made a phone call, and when the other party picked up and said hello, the call was interrupted by someone speaking in a foreign language. "I didn't think it quite sounded like Spanish. I don't know if...
  • Phone, cable companies to battle in 2007 (Competition is good Alert)

    12/15/2006 11:21:30 PM PST · by Zakeet · 3 replies · 447+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2006 | Bruce Meyerson
    NEW YORK - Vonage tanked after its IPO. It's not entirely clear anymore why eBay paid $2.6 billion for Skype. And the long-awaited rollout of advanced TV services based on Internet technologies has resembled the drip of a faucet. It wasn't a banner year for some of the biggest names in Internet Protocol, the technical standard that makes the Web hum. But the technology itself continued to blossom, with newer innovations picking away at every corner of the telecommunications business, from voice to video to wireless. No doubt the main event for 2007 will be the impending smack-down between the...
  • The Phone of The Future (The Telephone is 130 years old!)

    12/01/2006 11:22:27 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 65 replies · 3,948+ views
    The Economist ^ | 11/30/2006 | The Economist
    Communications: The phone has had a splendid 130-year history. What will it look like in future? Will it even be called a phone? AT THE 1964 World's Fair in New York AT&T unveiled the Picturephone. In the future, the world's biggest telecoms firm pronounced, people would communicate via round, black-and-white screens that plugged into the wall. That prediction, like so many others about the future of communications, was wrong. The majority of today's phones are mobile handsets, not fixed-line ones, and although the technology for video-calling is widely deployed, hardly anyone uses it. And yet speculation about the future of...
  • Homeland Security re call tapping & the telephone network

    11/17/2006 1:05:48 PM PST · by RobtLE · 9 replies · 346+ views
    I am a long time telephone company COT (central office tech). I have some insight into our government's Homeland Security call "tapping" and I am getting more and more frustrated at people throughout the political spectrum who have stong opinions about it, yet they are uninformed. The equipment used to "tap" phones resides in telephone central offices and within the last few years I have seen equipment labelled CALEA. I knew from the location of the equipment that it is associated with the SS7 network and was told that it was Homeland's spy gear. This information was already enough for...
  • Alexander Graham Bell’s granddaughter dies at 101

    10/31/2006 1:17:12 PM PST · by GMMAC · 23 replies · 2,009+ views
    The Chronicle Herald ^ | October 31, 2006 | JOCELYN BETHUNE
    Alexander Graham Bell’s granddaughter dies at 101 The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) October 31, 2006 By JOCELYN BETHUNE BADDECK — Mabel Grosvenor, a granddaughter of famed telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell and likely the last person who had personal memories of him, died Monday at Baddeck. She was 101. Born at Beinn Bhreagh, the Bells’ Cape Breton summer home, on July 28, 1905, she was the third child of Elsie Bell Grosvenor and Gilbert Grosvenor, longtime editor of National Geographic magazine. While her parents travelled, writing and photographing faraway places for the publication, Mabel spent many summers...
  • AT&T Gets DOJ OK on BellSouth Buyout

    10/11/2006 10:49:42 AM PDT · by Livin_large · 11 replies · 587+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 11, 2006 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    DOJ Approves AT&T-BellSouth Merger Plan; FCC Members Copps and Adelstein Criticize Move WASHINGTON (AP) -- AT&T's $78.5 billion buyout of BellSouth Corp. won Justice Department approval Wednesday, a decision that sets the stage for further reuniting modernized parts of the old Ma Bell phone monopoly broken up by the government in 1984. The Justice Department approved the deal without conditions, which leaves the Federal Communications Commission as the final hurdle to the merger creating the nation's biggest provider of phone, wireless and broadband Internet services. The decision was immediately criticized by the FCC's two Democratic members -- Jonathan S. Adelstein...
  • IRS Announces Refund of Telephone Taxes

    08/31/2006 10:18:10 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 38 replies · 1,723+ views
    http://articles.news.aol.com ^ | 8 31 06 | MARY DALRYMPLE
    WASHINGTON (Aug. 31) - Consumers can claim a standard $30 to $60 refund next year for a tax on long-distance telephone calls that the government declared invalid, the Internal Revenue Service announced Thursday. Telephone customers had been paying the 3 percent federal excise tax on local and long-distance service. The government this month stopped collecting the tax on long-distance calls after businesses repeatedly fought the tax in court and won. Next year, consumers can use their 2006 tax returns to claim a refund on long-distance telephone taxes paid since March 2003. The standard refund starts at $30 and increases by...
  • IDF brass angered by phone logs check

    08/19/2006 9:05:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 559+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 8/18/06 | Amos Harel
    Senior Israel Defense Forces officers expressed dissatisfaction yesterday with the announcement by Chief of Staff Dan Halutz that he had recently instructed the Field Security Directorate at the General Staff to keep track of their telephone conversations. According to a report in Haaretz yesterday, Halutz instructed the Field Security Directorate to provide him with the telephone logs of the generals, their department heads and their secretaries, in order to crosscheck whether they have had contacts with journalists. [ . . . ] According to the disgruntled officers , the chief of staff's action "stinks of McCarthyism" . . .
  • On call 24/7 – Vatican operators, not answering machines, respond

    07/29/2006 3:13:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 323+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | July 24, 2006 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY – Even though it receives almost 2,000 calls a day, the Vatican is not about to outsource its small team of switchboard operators to answering machines or the labyrinth of automated phone menus.When callers dial the Vatican switchboard anytime of day or night, a recorded voice will not ask them to press the pound key or hold; instead, they will talk to a human being who will tactfully and efficiently handle every call. "There are people who are a little crazy and call at 2 a.m. to do nothing but rant and rave, and there are others who...
  • 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...