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The Telecom Digest for July 29, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 204 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

Re: Overlay acceptance(Sam Spade)
Do rate centers cross state lines? Excluding portability, do unique NPA/NXX combinations cross state or county boundaries? (Steve Stone)
Citi Discovers Security Flaw in iPhone Application(Monty Solomon)
Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed(Monty Solomon)
CRTC Approves Manitoba 204/431 Area Code Overlay(Mark J. Cuccia)
Re: Overlay acceptance(John Levine)
Re: Overlay acceptance(Marc Haber)

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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:28:33 -0700 From: Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance Message-ID: <Yr6dnZrJb9489tLRnZ2dnUVZ_jWdnZ2d@giganews.com> Marc Haber wrote: > Sam Spade <sam@coldmail.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"). > > Greetings > Marc 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 period.
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:16:06 -0400 From: Steve Stone <n2ubp@hotmail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject:Do rate centers cross state lines? Excluding portability, do unique NPA/NXX combinations cross state or county boundaries? Message-ID: <i2o7fh$q40$1@news.eternal-september.org> Do rate centers cross state lines? Excluding portability, do wired (not wireless) unique NPA/NXX combinations cross state or county boundaries? Why? 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. Thanks Steve 73 de N2UBP
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:32:01 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Citi Discovers Security Flaw in iPhone Application Message-ID: <p062408c6c8756b84e0ba@[]> 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. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/26/citi-discovers-security-flaw-in-iphone-application/
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:32:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Motorola Droid X: Thoroughly Reviewed Message-ID: <p062408cdc875803ebc8a@[]> 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 two giants. 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. ... http://www.anandtech.com/show/3826/motorola-droid-x-thoroughly-reviewed
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 10:58:34 -0700 (PDT) From: "Mark J. Cuccia" <markjcuccia@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: CRTC Approves Manitoba 204/431 Area Code Overlay Message-ID: <675101.7766.qm@web31102.mail.mud.yahoo.com> 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: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-526.htm (HTML) http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-526.pdf (Adobe-Acrobat) 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 Relief Planning. Transition from 7-Digit to 10-Digit Local Intra-204 Dialing
Thursday 01-December-2011 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) Sunday 29-July-2012 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. Saturday 20-October-2012 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
Thursday 03-May-2012 earliest date for requesting assignment by the CNA of new 431-NXXes Saturday 03-November-2012 (earliest) activation date for such new (pre-assigned) 431-NXXes 431-N10 Codes/Dates for -TEST/BILL Numbers
Monday 30-April-2012 Start of Test-Numbers Monday 03-December-2012 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 <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance Message-ID: <20100727211048.35351.qmail@joyce.lan> >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. R's, John
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 08:08:51 +0200 From: Marc Haber <mh+usenetspam1002@zugschl.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Overlay acceptance Message-ID: <i2ohhj$r2n$1@news1.tnib.de> John Levine <johnl@iecc.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"). > >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 analog landline. 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. Greetings Marc -- -------------------------------------- !! No courtesy copies, please !! ----- Marc Haber | " Questions are the | Mailadresse im Header Mannheim, Germany | Beginning of Wisdom " | http://www.zugschlus.de/ Nordisch by Nature | Lt. Worf, TNG "Rightful Heir" | Fon: *49 621 72739834
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