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The Telecom Digest for July 20, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 196 : "text" Format

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Re: Apple July 16 Press Conference video(Richard)
outdoor phone booth - photo(Lisa or Jeff)

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Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:11:04 -0700 From: Richard <rng@richbonnie.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Apple July 16 Press Conference video Message-ID: <6m49461jpbrs9c3sglb7s19e5dmv1qqu1h@4ax.com> >***** Moderator's Note ***** > >Come to think of it, why are ham operators so competitive about their >signal strength? > >Bill Horne, W1AC >Moderator 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 <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: outdoor phone booth - photo Message-ID: <db220f0b-3bc5-4681-b7c4-9bf064b30d38@f6g2000yqa.googlegroups.com> 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. see: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/home_region/20100719_Phoenixville_s_Vale-Rio_Diner_up_for_sale_on_eBay.html (click on photo to enlarge. The story about the diner is interesting, too.) 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 service.) 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")? Thanks.
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