The Telecom Digest for July 29, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 204 : "text" Format
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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:28:33 -0700
From: Sam Spade <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance
Marc Haber wrote:
> Sam Spade <email@example.com> wrote:
>>Usually the # key will end the timing.
> Of course. But that's still significantly different from what we're
> used to ("dial - ring").
Although domestic dialing in the U.S. and Canada is a fixed-number
system, international dialing is not. So, since the inception of direct
international dialing use of the "#" eliminates the 5-second ambiguity
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:16:06 -0400
From: Steve Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject:Do rate centers cross state lines? Excluding portability, do unique NPA/NXX combinations cross state or county boundaries?
Do rate centers cross state lines?
Excluding portability, do wired (not wireless) unique NPA/NXX
combinations cross state or county boundaries?
I'm working on a couple of databases used to send the right tech to the
right location based on
the callers NPA/NXX and zipcode, but if the NPA/NXX combo is used in
other zipcodes besides the one the tech services,
I have flag the call as going to the other tech. If NPA/NXX combinations
do not cross state lines (or perhaps even county lines) it makes my
coding alot easier. If NPA/NXX combos do cross state lines I have to
compare the source data to 3.5 plus million possible combinations of
NPA,NXX, and zipcodes.
73 de N2UBP
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:32:01 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Citi Discovers Security Flaw in iPhone Application
Citi Discovers Security Flaw in iPhone Application
By NICK BILTON
July 26, 2010, 4:38 pm
Citi The Citigroup iPhone application can be used for mobile banking.
After Citigroup on Monday discovered a potential security flaw in the
Apple iPhone app that its customers use to access its Web site, the
bank urged customers to upgrade to a newer version of the software,
which it says will correct the problem.
In a statement, Citigroup said the original app accidentally saved
information from a banking customer's account into a hidden file on
the iPhone. The statement from Citigroup was first reported by The
Wall Street Journal.
Citigroup said the update "deletes any Citi Mobile information that
may have been saved" to a customer's iPhone or computer. The bank
also said the update "eliminates the possibility that this will occur
in the future."
Although Citigroup was working with customers to fix the problem, the
bank said it did not believe its customers' personal information was
affected. Citigroup also said the bug only affected iPhone users in
the United States, though it did not say how many.
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:32:43 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed
Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed
by Brian Klug & Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/20/2010 4:27:00 PM
You have to hand it to Motorola; as little as a year ago their future
looked bleak. Android was still in its infancy and lacking polish,
mainstream devices running it were few, and there weren't public or
visible signs of any forthcoming devices which would challenge the
dominance of BlackBerry or iOS, especially from Motorola. A few
months later, they launched the Motorola Droid, and a few months
after the floodgates opened up - out has poured a steady stream of
relatively polished devices running Android 2.x. It's been breakneck
almost, with new flagships every 3 months on average - the latest is
Motorola's Droid X on Verizon - henceforth just 'X.'
You also have to hand it to Verizon for getting its act together.
Previously, they were infamous for crippling device hardware and OSes
- the Touch Pro notoriously lacked an entire row of keys, and half
the RAM. Their smartphone lineup also used to consist entirely of
BlackBerries and Windows Mobile devices. That's all changed.
Since the first Motorola Droid, they've been probably the single most
vocal proponent of Android, embracing and billing their lineup of
"Droids" as serious iPhone alternatives. The unique combination of
being the largest carrier and the largest 3G footprint (and the
perception of having above average coverage) has resulted in massive
growth of the Android platform. That's definitely a turnaround for
Eight months after launch, the Motorola Droid is now a relatively old
piece of kit. It's amazing how fast the market is moving - the fact
that an 8 month old handset is now obsolete is a testament to just
how breakneck this pace is.
Motorola and HTC are now locked in a battle for dominance of the
Android segment on the nation's largest carrier. On one side is the
HTC Incredible, on the other is the X and eventually the Droid 2.
Across the aisle at Sprint, HTC has the EVO 4G. If you're interested
in a smartphone of the Android variety, you've got the most options
ever right now, and the X is the newest contender. Let's dive in.
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:58:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <email@example.com>
Subject: CRTC Approves Manitoba 204/431 Area Code Overlay
Today, Wednesday 28-July-2010, the Canadian Radio-Television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the future overlay of
Manitoba's 204 Area Code with the new 431 Area Code.
The Canadian telcos, through the SAIC-CNA (Canadian Numbering
Administration) has been preparing for relief for Manitoba's 204,
with an overlay as the primary relief method, for about a year now.
The CRTC's press release, dated today, announcing their decision for
this forthcoming area code relief, Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-526,
can be found at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2010/r100728.htm
The actual CRTC decision (2010-526) can be found at:
Implementation dates for the 204/431 Overlay are as follows...
Note that not all of these dates are referenced in the CRTC documents;
Note that these dates might not necessarily be the same as tentative
dates I had mentioned in previous postings for Manitoba's 204/431 NPA
Transition from 7-Digit to 10-Digit Local Intra-204 Dialing
Start date of a week-long "phase-in" for (official) permissive 10-digit
dialing alongside existing 7-digit dialing where not already in effect
(some c.o.switches already allow 10-d permissive)
Start date of a week-long "phase-in" for a REMINDER recording on local
calls still dialed as just 7-digits -- the 7-digit dialed local calls
will still be completed following the recording.
Start date of a week-long "phase-in" for MANDATORY dialing of 10-digit
local calls (no more 7-digit dialing allowed) -- such 7-digit dialed
local calls will NOT complete, but will instead only connect to this
mandatory 10-digit recorded announcement.
New 431-NXX C.O.Codes Request/Activation Dates
earliest date for requesting assignment by the CNA of new 431-NXXes
(earliest) activation date for such new (pre-assigned) 431-NXXes
431-N10 Codes/Dates for -TEST/BILL Numbers
Start of Test-Numbers
Disconnect Test-Numbers (start of month-long disconnect period)
The TEST/BILL numbers could have distinct verbage for BILL vs. TEST,
and are also likely to be bi-lingual, English-then-French.
Also, the "10-digit reminder" and "10-digit mandatory" recordings for
local calls still dialed as just seven-digits following the respective
dates, are likely to be bi-lingual, English-then-French.
There is a rather sizeable French-speaking population in Winnipeg and
elsewhere throughout Manitoba.
The numbers ending -8378 (TEST) are NOT "supposed" to return billing
supervision, while the numbers ending -2455 (BILL) are "intended" to
return billing supervision.
At this time, it is expected that the MTS (the ILEC side of MTS-Allstream)
will have 431-610-8378/2455.
- Bell-Canada's "Bell-West" is a CLEC in Winnipeg MB;
- Telus Integrated Communications is a CLEC service in Winnipeg MB;
- Allstream (the CLEC and competitive IXC side of MTS-Allstream) has
had a presence in Winnipeg MB, long before MTS' 2004/05 purchase of
Allstream (legacy AT&T-Canada-LD, legacy Unitel, legacy CNCP);
- but at this time, Rogers does NOT have any service in Manitoba
(neither Rogers-CallNet legacy Sprint-Canada/CallNet, nor Rogers Cable);
- however Shaw (Cable-TV, CLEC) provides service in Manitoba.
At this time, I don't know how many other -TEST/BILL numbers will be
provided by the various CLECs, nor how other 431-N10 codes for those
-TEST/BILL numbers might "map" to the various CLECs which might choose
to provide 431 NPA -TEST/BILL numbers.
SAIC-CNA's webpage for downloadable documents on Manitoba's 204/431 NPA
Overlay is: http://www.cnac.ca/npa_codes/relief/204/relief_204.htm
The CNA/etc. has been preparing a draft Planning Letter which will be
eventually finalized and subsequently forwarded to NeuStar-NANPA at a
later date for NANPA to upload to their website as a NANP Planning Letter.
More details as they become available.
Mark J. Cuccia
markjcuccia at yahoo dot com
Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA pre-Katrina
Date: 27 Jul 2010 21:10:48 -0000
From: John Levine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance
>Additionally, we handle PBXes a little different here. Dependent on
>the number of lines (I think that you would say, the width of the
>trunk) to the PBX, the subscriber gets a base number of a certain
>length and can add on her own extension numbers ad discretion.
I agree that can be very convenient. I have stayed in hotels where
the front desk's number was something like 222-333-0. and you could
direct dial room 123 as 222-333-123.
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:08:51 +0200
From: Marc Haber <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance
John Levine <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>Usually the # key will end the timing.
>>Of course. But that's still significantly different from what we're
>>used to ("dial - ring").
>People who use mobile phones would probably disagree with you.
At least for me, it's a significant difference whether I'm using a
landline phone and a mobile, and I am comfortable with the mobile
behaving differently than the landline.
But I might not be a good example since I converted my landline to
ISDN in 1996 and since then lost familiarity with the behavior of an
With ISDN, you can either dial as with a landline (pickup, dial, hear
the calling tone after the number was completely dialled), but you can
also dial before picking up and usually hear the calling tone before
the received reached your ear.
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