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The Telecom Digest for May 13, 2012
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Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 19:00:25 -0400 From: danny burstein <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: USPS curtailing international lithium battery shipments Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.email@example.com> [stripes.com] If you're a service member overseas planning to order the latest smartphone or laptop from the United States, take a second look at your options. Effective May 16, new U.S. Postal Service restrictions will ban air shipping of any electronics containing lithium batteries - such as iPads, smart phones and digital cameras - between the United States and overseas locations. ------ rest: http://www.stripes.com/gadgets-using-lithium-to-be-barred-from-overseas-shipments-1.176965 ----------- the USPS info sheet is at: http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22336/html/updt_010.htm and it clarifies that you can't send lithium batteries, even if in their own box "Primary lithium metal or lithium alloy (non rechargeable) cells and batteries, or secondary lithium-ion cells and batteries (rechargeable), regardless of quantity, size, or watt hours, and regardless of whether the cells or batteries are packed in the equipment they are intended to operate, with the equipment they are intended to operate, or without equipment (individual batteries). This standard applies to all APO, FPO, or DP locations." - and looks like this also applies to Canada/Mexico. Don't know about Hawaii. (The service rep at my local Post Office just got the notice Fri., May 11th, and it left the question of Hawaii up in the air, so to speak). - There are plenty of consumer items that have these batteries, sometimes obviously (such as a laptop), but frequently hidden away and/or built in. So if your brother-in-law leaves his cellphone in the US and asks you to mail it out to him in Switzerland, or if your kid's laptop needs a new battery... good luck. And that Mac Mini? Don't forget it contains a CR2032 3v lithium button cell. hmm, wonder what's in my ultrasonic tapeless tape measure? _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 20:30:08 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CWA Supporters Help Keep the Heat on Verizon, Verizon Wireless Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Three-time Grammy winner Steve Earle last week called out Verizon Communications for hitting up workers for another $20,000 a year in compensation cuts while posting another record earnings quarter this year. http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/cwa_supporters_help_keep_the_heat_on_verizon_verizon_wireless -or- http://goo.gl/BTPLm -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 20:34:59 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink announces executive changes Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> MONROE, La., May 11, 2012 -- PRNewswire -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today the voluntary departure of two executives and the related appointment of three executives to key positions within the company. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/11/4483396/centurylink-announces-executive.html -or- http://goo.gl/8eUti -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 20:39:44 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: CenturyLink's legacy services drag earnings down Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> CenturyLink's legacy services drag earnings down 5.2% amidst gains in broadband, business, IPTV CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) reported that its first-quarter 2012 revenue declined 5.2 percent, to $423 million, from $484 million in Q1 2011, a factor it attributed to ongoing declines in its legacy voice business. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/story/centurylinks-legacy-services-drag-earnings-down-52-amidst-gains-broadband-b/2012-05-10 -or- http://goo.gl/csahw -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012 20:24:57 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: T-Mobile turns down Verizon's_700MHz_spectrum_sale Message-ID: <4FAEFF59.firstname.lastname@example.org> Verizon's proposed purchase of $3.9 billion worth of US wireless spectrum formerly reserved for over-the-air cable broadcasts is not sitting well with competitor T-Mobile, as they've said before. Today T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm made it clear in no uncertain terms that the company wasn't interested in the bands that Verizon proposed to sell as a concession for its acquisition of prime wireless real estate in the AWS spectrum. http://www.slashgear.com/t-mobile-turns-down-verizons-700mhz-spectrum-sale-10227662/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
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