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 at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? 
 Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? 
 Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? 
 Internet links to amazon?
 Re: donations via cellphone "texting" to Haitian relief 
 FBI obtains phone records with a Post-it note
 Earthquake Survivor Calls iPhone a Life Saver 


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Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 11:15:22 -0800 (PST) From: hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? Message-ID: <4fc3aa1b-247e-4077-9e02-18413dd2be60@a32g2000yqm.googlegroups.com> Both companies have flooded television claiming their cellular telephone service is superior to the other, especially in advanced features. Who is right? Which claims are true and which are false or half- truths? (Note that today it's spelled "at&t" in lower case, and the company was formed in 2005 when SBC bought the old Ma Bell AT&T).
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:11:21 -0800 From: Steven <diespammers@killspammers.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? Message-ID: <hj7v2c$hcq$1@news.eternal-september.org> hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com wrote: > Both companies have flooded television claiming their cellular > telephone service is superior to the other, especially in advanced > features. > > Who is right? Which claims are true and which are false or half- > truths? > > (Note that today it's spelled "at&t" in lower case, and the company > was formed in 2005 when SBC bought the old Ma Bell AT&T). I would say it depends on the area you are in. I was up in the mountains North East of Sacramento, and a friend's at&t phone worked [only sometimes]. I use Sprint, and was roaming on Verizon with a very good signal. In Riverside, both work very well. -- The only good spammer is a dead one!! Have you hunted one down today? (c) 2010 I Kill Spammers, Inc., A Rot in Hell. Co.
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 16:56:10 -0600 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: at&t vs. Verizon TV ad campaign? Message-ID: <6645152a1001201456r3055b44bve20630a2f7c93c9c@mail.gmail.com> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM, <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> wrote: > Both companies have flooded television claiming their cellular > telephone service is superior to the other, especially in advanced > features. > > Who is right? Which claims are true and which are false or half- > truths? > > (Note that today it's spelled "at&t" in lower case, and the company > was formed in 2005 when SBC bought the old Ma Bell AT&T). And if I see Luke Wilson or floating maps one more time I'm going to throw my rotary Western Electric phone through the TV! My personal experience is at&t consistently puts 5-bars of signal into my house. Verizon Wireless gave me "NO SERVICE". A neighbor had the same experience. We live off a major highway in Austin, Texas, [which is] hardly the boonies. I looked up the tower and antenna location information, and the nearest at&t antenna was frighteningly close to me, while the nearest Verizon Wireless [antenna] was 3 miles away. Having said that, I can only repeat what I've heard about Verizon Wireless service. Verizon Wireless has much better 3G coverage. at&t has a faster 3G network. Just because there's no 3G doesn't mean smart-phones won't work, they simply run on the slower EDGE network. Clear has rolled out their 4G network in Austin and I saw it in action. Drool! It's basically your cable modem in portable form. Amazing! John -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> http://www.linkedin.com/in/jmayson
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:20:01 -0800 From: AES <siegman@stanford.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Internet links to amazon? Message-ID: <siegman-8C63A3.13193120012010@news.stanford.edu> Suppose a modest-sized organization -- e.g., a community historical society -- maybe incorporated, maybe nonprofit -- assembles a reading list of books related to the community, some of which can be purchased on or through amazon, and puts this list on its website. Can that organization set up an arrangement with amazon so that people browsing its site can click on some of the books in this list; be taken directly to that book's listing on amazon; maybe buy the book; and if so amazon pays the organization a (presumably small!) commission on the sale? [The straightforward answer to this query is of course "Ask amazon!" but I'm just wondering if anyone on these groups has experience with this, and can offer any informed advice as to whether it's worthwhile trying to do this? -- and if so, how to go about it?] ***** Moderator's Note ***** Since the answer to this question might benefit museums or other entities that are seeking to preserve the history of the telephone system, I declare this to be telecom related. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 10:49:52 -0800 (PST) From: "www.Queensbridge.us" <NOTvalid@Queensbridge.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: donations via cellphone "texting" to Haitian relief Message-ID: <b1fa1e40-3dd0-41c5-8c57-5bbd753852e0@21g2000vbh.googlegroups.com> Haiti Text-To-Give Numbers Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada You can even use some pre-pay cell phones such as Virgin Mobile, but be aware that with Virgin, you may be charged for 5 text messages at 15 cents each which will total to 75 cents: I paid 15 to send original donation I paid 15 to get a confirmation inquiry from RC I paid 15 to say yes, I really want to give $10.00 I paid 15 to get a "Thank you" from Red Cross I paid 15 to get another msg asking me if I wanted updates on fund raising etc. I did not reply to the last one. I use Virgin pre-pay, so I had more then $10.00 credit balance
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:41:15 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: FBI obtains phone records with a Post-it note Message-ID: <4B57B0BB.3090808@thadlabs.com> This from Slashdot today: The FBI was so cavalier -- and telecom companies so eager to help -- that a verbal request or even one written on a Post-it note was enough for operators to hand over customer phone records, according to a damning report (PDF) released on Wednesday by the US Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. http://www.justice.gov/oig/special/s1001r.pdf [306 pages, 5.6MB]
Date: Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:27:59 -0600 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Earthquake Survivor Calls iPhone a Life Saver Message-ID: <873DE18E-3943-4808-BC8A-63F5C1860B90@mayson.us> Man said he used health app on his iPhone to treat his injury while stuck under rubble "Usually, when someone says their iPhone is a life saver, they are talking about the phone helping them find a good takeout spot or an emergency bathroom. When Dan Woolley says it, he really means it. He used a medical app saved on his phone to treat a leg injury after the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince collapsed around him." More here: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local-beat/Earthquake-Survivor-Says-iPhone-a-Life-Saver--82081602.html John -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> http://www.linkedin.com/in/jmayson
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