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Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:19:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Fix your cellphone or iPod for a fraction of the cost Message-ID: <email@example.com> Fix your cellphone or iPod for a fraction of the cost Save money on smartphone repairs CLEVELAND - We've all dropped our cellphone dozens of times. Some of the more-sensitive smartphones can shatter easily. So what if you don't have cellphone insurance or you don't want to spend a lot? We found a few ways to fix your phone at a fraction of the cost. The do-it-yourself movement has taken over. These days, it's all about DIY, from fixing your home to fixing your phone. ... http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/money/consumer/fix-your-cellphone-or-ipod-for-a-fraction-of-the-cost-wews1338560945523
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:19:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: AT&T: Industry likely to offer data-only phone plans in 2 years; calls counting as data usage Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> AT&T: Industry likely to offer data-only phone plans in 2 years; calls counting as data usage By Associated Press June 1, 2012 NEW YORK - The CEO of AT&T Inc. said Friday that cellphone plans that count only data usage are likely to come in the next two years. In such a scenario, phone calls and texts would be considered as just another form of data. Randall Stephenson didn't say AT&T has such a plan in mind, but he suggested that someone in the industry will likely offer one. "I'll be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in the market place with data-only plans," Stephenson said at a Sanford Bernstein investor conference in New York. "I just think that's inevitable." Analysts see such plans as a logical extension of trends in wireless technology. Smartphones with data service can already use it for Internet phone calls and texting through services such as Skype. Phone calls are also taking a back seat to other things people do with their smartphones. AT&T has been recording a decline in the average number of minutes used per month. However, phone companies still make most of their money from calling plans and texting, which use very little data. That means phone companies would want to compensate for the revenue fall-off somehow, perhaps by raising data prices. ... http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/atandt-ceo-data-only-plans-likely-for-phones-within-2-years-calls-counting-as-data-usage/2012/06/01/gJQA5no06U_story.html
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:45:25 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Camp Shohola Communications & Technology Center Message-ID: <email@example.com> [referenced from AT&T Archives website.] This camp teaches campers about radio and television broadcasting and related engineering. Camp facilities include a fully operational Strowger switching system for internal communications, an operational Collins model 12H broadcast console manufactured in 1936, and an amateur radio club (WB3DGR) using a Kenwood TS-120s,TS-520, and Yeasu FTDX-400, transmitting up to 2,000 watts PEP. For more details about their equipment: http://www.shohola.com/kd3fg/ Radio club website: http://www.shohola.com/wb3dgr/ General camp website: http://www.shohola.com/
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:40:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Telemarketing Calls Keep Mounting Up, Along With Consumer Irritation Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Telemarketing Calls Keep Mounting Up, Along With Consumer Irritation By ALINA TUGEND June 1, 2012 SOMETIMES I just don't know when a column is going to hit a nerve. But judging from the response to my May 19 piece, annoying telemarketing calls and robo-calls rank high among the miserable irritants of everyday life. Readers said the calls, particularly those that offer lower interest rates for credit cards and mortgages, are becoming more frequent, despite using every tool available to block them. Reporting such calls to the Federal Trade Commission, as I suggested, was an exercise in frustration and futility, many readers told me. "I have all four of my phone numbers on the Do Not Call Registry," one reader, John Dingman, of Dallas, told me in an e-mail. "When I report such calls, the F.T.C. site thanks me and there is no other discernible response. The calls continue, perhaps from other companies, perhaps from the same companies with a new gambit and/or phone number. Who knows?" Readers told me that the Do Not Call Registry seemed to work just fine at blocking calls when it began in 2003 and for several years after that. But the number of unwanted calls has steadily increased. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/02/your-money/telemarketing-calls-keep-mounting-up-along-with-consumer-irritation.html
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:19:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Use Your Cell Phone Carrier's Data Limit Protection to Your Advantage Message-ID: <email@example.com> Use Your Cell Phone Carrier's Data Limit Protection to Your Advantage 6/1/2012 Children and teens can easily go over their cell phone data limit playing games, surfing the Internet, downloading music. When it comes to monitoring your child's cell phone and data use, there are easy steps parents can take to ensure that their monthly bills don't come as an unpleasant surprise. Better Business Bureau asked the major cell phone carriers for tips on overseeing family data usage. In 2011, BBB received 38,420 complaints against cellular telephone services and equipment, making it the number one complaint category in the BBB system. While many of those complaints were due to data billing issues, there are ways to prevent this and the cell phone carriers are willing to work with consumers to monitor and, in some cases, lower their bills. "By being proactive, and aware of the data activity in which your child engages, you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on your next cell phone bill," said Rod Davis, senior vice president of enterprise programs for the Council of Better Business Bureaus. "The cell phone industry has put together different data plans and restrictions that parents may want to consider if their child has a persistent problem of going over their data limit." BBB has put together a compilation of the major cell phone carriers' data plans and packages: ... http://www.bbb.org/us/article/use-your-cell-phone-carriers-data-limit-protection-to-your-advantage-34596
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 23:19:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Why your cell phone is ripe for spam texts in 2012 Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Why your cell phone is ripe for spam texts in 2012 By Nancy Scola June 1, 2012 In the late 1970s, the cutting edge of communications technologies was the autodialer, a machine capable of calling up scores of people in one shot, with little human involvement. It was innovative, and annoying. By the early '90s, Congress had had enough. "Computerized calls," railed South Carolina Democrat Fritz Hollings from the Senate floor, "are the scourge of modern civilization." And so, Congress legislated. But the focus was on commercial calls. Mindful of the free flow of speech and - let's be honest - interested in self-preservation, lawmakers exempted political calls from its Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act. But Congress decided that some phones were too sensitive to get even autodialed political calls: those in hospitals, those designated for emergency purposes - and those in our pockets. But here we are, some two decades later, and voters across the country are getting political text messages they never asked for. ... http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/06/01/why-your-cell-phone-is-ripe-for-spam-texts-2012/
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:40:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Research in Motion, Struggling, Ponders a Dim Future Message-ID: <email@example.com> Research in Motion, Struggling, Ponders a Dim Future By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED MAY 31, 2012 After rejecting the idea of a sale for months, Research in Motion acknowledged on Tuesday that it was considering "strategic business model alternatives" - or in banker's speak, RIM, which makes the BlackBerry, said it was pondering a potential deal for all or parts of the company. But did it wait too long? A year ago, RIM, a Canadian company, became the subject of takeover rumors, after Google's $12.5 billion deal for Motorola Mobility. Then, analysts believed that RIM would draw interest from Microsoft, Amazon.com or any number of Chinese phone manufacturers who could afford what would have been a pricey deal. The company's executives rebuffed the idea, arguing that RIM was on the verge of a turnaround. New phones were coming that combined touch-screens with BlackBerry's e-mail and security features. And the PlayBook, with an industrial-strength operating system, could stand toe to toe with the iPad. But RIM's prospects have withered since. In March, the company disclosed that its quarterly sales had plunged 20 percent from the previous quarter, as customers migrated to iPhones and Android devices. The company warned on Tuesday that it expected another loss. ... http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/research-in-motion-struggling-ponders-a-dim-future/
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 14:33:31 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow - Interactive Feature Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> The electric light was a failure. Invented by the British chemist Humphry Davy in the early 1800s, it spent nearly 80 years being passed from one initially hopeful researcher to another, like some not-quite-housebroken puppy. In 1879, Thomas Edison finally figured out how to make an incandescent light bulb that people would buy. But that didn't mean the technology immediately became successful. It took another 40 years, into the 1920s, for electric utilities to become stable, profitable businesses. (snip) ... That's what this issue is about: all the little failures, trivialities and not-quite-solved mysteries that make the successes possible. This is what innovation looks like. It's messy, and it's awesome. Maggie Koerth-Baker http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html ***** Moderator's Note ***** The site given in this post does not play well with Opera. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 12:33:14 -0500 From: Jim Haynes <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Just got some of those fraudulent calls Message-ID: <slrnjskjiq.30o.jhaynes@Frances.localdomain> A woman with foregin accent claiming to be from Microsoft just called me saying that they have a report that my computer is harboring a virus. I've heard of these calls, being a way to sucker the user into installing some malware or disclosing some personal information that can be used for financial fraud. So, not having a lot of patience, I cut her off by telling her that I do not use Windows (well, hardly ever).
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