30 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for July 19, 2012
====== 30 years of TELECOM Digest -- Founded August 21, 1981 ======
Telecom and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Digest for the
Internet. All contents here are copyrighted by Bill Horne and
the individual writers/correspondents. Articles may be used in other
journals or newsgroups, provided the writer's name and the Digest are
included in the fair use quote. By using any name or email address
included herein for any reason other than responding to an article
herein, you agree to pay a hundred dollars to that person, or email address
Addresses herein are not to be added to any mailing list, nor to be sold or given away without the explicit written consent of the owner of that address. Chain letters, viruses, porn, spam, and miscellaneous junk are definitely unwelcome.
We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime. - Geoffrey Welsh
See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest.
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:18:50 -0700 (PDT) From: rossman <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: How do I get a specific toll-free number Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> I have a specific 7-digit number I want to "own", with no preference for the prefix (800, 888, 877, whatever). Anyone have experience with securing a specific number? Thank you!
Date: 19 Jul 2012 04:02:39 -0000 From: "John Levine" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: How do I get a specific toll-free number Message-ID: <email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> you write: >I have a specific 7-digit number I want to "own", with no preference for >the prefix (800, 888, 877, whatever). Anyone have experience with >securing a specific number? Thank you! To save time, call 800-number, 888-number, 877-number, 866-number, and 855-number. With any luck, one of them will go to a reorder so you can just contact your favorite toll-free vendor and ask them to get it for you. More likely, they'll all be taken, in which case you have to negotiate with one of the current owners to see if they're willing to sell it to you. R's, John
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:05:14 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Message-ID: <email@example.com> Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Posted by Mitch Lipka July 17, 2012 If you've been getting peppered lately with a lot of computer-generated telephone solicitations, you're not alone. These pre-recorded "robocalls" are on the upswing and the Federal Trade Commission is trying to arrest this annoying trend --again.. The agency stopped a massive calling operation a couple of years ago, which appeared to have slowed these calls pitching everything from lower interest rates to auto warranties. But relief proved to be short-lived and now, even the infamous "Rachel from Cardholder Services" - the recorded woman's voice attached to so many millions of these calls - is back in a big way. She, or at least her robotic likeness, has called me a half-dozen times in the past couple of weeks alone. The FTC blames technology in the hands of people who disregard the law. Robocalls can be made by the millions and no one even has to pause to take a breath since the calls are computer-generated. ... http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/consumeralert/2012/07/robocalls_on_the_upswing_ftc_o.html
TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Bill Horne. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is moderated by Bill Horne.
43 Deerfield Road
Sharon MA 02067-2301
bill at horne dot net
This Digest is the oldest continuing e-journal about telecomm- unications on the Internet, having been founded in August, 1981 and published continuously since then. Our archives are available for your review/research. We believe we are the oldest e-zine/mailing list on the internet in any category! URL information: http://telecom-digest.org Copyright (C) 2012 TELECOM Digest. All rights reserved. Our attorney is Bill Levant, of Blue Bell, PA.
Finally, the Digest is funded by gifts from generous readers such as yourself who provide funding in amounts deemed appropriate. Your help is important and appreciated. A suggested donation of fifty dollars per year per reader is considered appropriate. See our address above. Please make at least a single donation to cover the cost of processing your name to the mailing list. All opinions expressed herein are deemed to be those of the author. Any organizations listed are for identification purposes only and messages should not be considered any official expression by the organization.