The Telecom Digest for July 20, 2010
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Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:11:04 -0700
From: Richard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Apple July 16 Press Conference video
>***** Moderator's Note *****
>Come to think of it, why are ham operators so competitive about their
>Bill Horne, W1AC
It's an inherent trait of those who choose to become hams.
When I'm in a parking lot walking toward my vehicle, I keep clicking
the "open" button on my remote key, just to see how far away I can
communicate with my vehicle. Normal people (i.e., non-hams) wait
until they arrive at their vehicles.
Actually, doing it my way has one advantage: When my vehicle receives
my signal, it acknowledges by flashing its lights. That helps me to
locate it in a mass of nearly identical-looking vehicles.
Dick Grady, AC7EL
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 13:53:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Lisa or Jeff <email@example.com>
Subject: outdoor phone booth - photo
An article in the Phila Inqr described the closing of a classic
diner. In the accompanying photograph of the building there is an
outdoor traditional metal Verizon phone booth. Today, finding pay
phones is hard enough, but finding a phone booth is extremely rare.
Years ago the telephone companies converted from full booths to walk-
up kiosks, both inside and out. Some old buildings still have the
true classic wooden phone booths in their lobbies--complete with the
little seat, table, light, and fan.
(click on photo to enlarge. The story about the diner is interesting,
Diners often had a battery of pay telephones, usually near the
restrooms, to serve customers. To me, it seemed when the 'cocots'
came out many diners were quick to switch to them.
I know some diners still have a bank of Verizon payphones in them. I
wonder if such diners must make up a shortfall if the payphones don't
generate enough revenue--I doubt today the payphones get much use,
especially when there are several of them.
Many small luncheonettes had semi-public payphones as their only phone
line. There was a payphone for the public, and an blanked-dial
extension to the business to answer the phone. The payphone would
have a lift-up plastic tab over the coin slot "listen if phone is in
use". I wonder if such arrangements still exist, if so, at an
affordable tariff. (Sometimes the phone company will continue to
offer an old fashioned service but charge a very high rate for it
making it uneconomical for most businesses or homes to retain the
Would anyone accurately know what the monthly charge would be to have
a payphone from Verizon that does not cover its costs?
Would anyone accurately know what Verizon or other major companies
charge as a minimum for a business line to a small business (including
all the "fees" and "taxes")?
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