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Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:49:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Spam Invades a Last Refuge, the Cellphone Message-ID: <email@example.com> Spam Invades a Last Refuge, the Cellphone By NICOLE PERLROTH April 7, 2012 Text message spam has started waking Bob Dunnell in the middle of the night, promising cheap mortgages, credit cards and drugs. Some messages offer gift cards to, say, Walmart, if he clicks on a Web site and enters his Social Security number. Once the scourge of e-mail providers and the Postal Service, spammers have infiltrated the last refuge of spam-free communication: cellphones. In the United States, consumers received roughly 4.5 billion spam texts last year, more than double the 2.2 billion received in 2009, according to Ferris Research, a market research firm that tracks spam. Spread over 250 million text message-enabled phones, the problem is not as commonplace as e-mail spam. But it is a growing menace, with the potential for significant damage. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/technology/text-message-spam-difficult-to-stop-is-a-growing-menace.html
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 00:24:04 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:37:41 +0000 (UTC), Adam H. Kerman wrote: > Anyone can afford a $5 phone without a government program. Even someone without $5 :-) ? Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:30:49 -0500 From: "John F. Morse" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Mon, 09 Apr 2012 00:24:04 -0400 tlvp wrote: > On Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:37:41 +0000 (UTC), Adam H. Kerman wrote: > >> Anyone can afford a $5 phone without a government program. > > Even someone without $5 :-) ? > > Cheers, > > -- tlvp If you don't have $5, I doubt that anyone would want to talk to you. ;-) -- John When a person has -- whether they knew it or not -- already rejected the Truth, by what means do they discern a lie?
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 00:00:13 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Microsoft Is Writing Checks to Fill Out Its App Store Message-ID: <email@example.com> Microsoft Is Writing Checks to Fill Out Its App Store By JENNA WORTHAM and NICK WINGFIELD April 5, 2012 Nowadays, cellphones are all about apps. And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it is willing to pay for them. All an app maker has to do is sign on the dotted line. After years of struggling in the phone market, Microsoft teamed up with Nokia last year to challenge the dominance of Apple's iPhone and Google, which makes the Android operating system. The latest fruit of their collaboration is a gleaming machine called the Lumia 900, which goes on sale in the United States on Sunday and is considered to be the first true test of how well the partnership will fare. But the hundreds of thousands of apps that run on Apple and Android devices will not work on phones like the Lumia 900 that use Microsoft's Windows Phone software. And many developers are reluctant to funnel time and money into an app for what is still a small and unproved market. So Microsoft has come up with incentives, like plying developers with free phones and the promise of prime spots in its app store and in Windows Phone advertising. It is even going so far as to finance the development of Windows Phone versions of well-known apps - something that app makers estimate would otherwise cost them anywhere from $60,000 to $600,000, depending on the complexity of the app. The tactic underscores the strong positions of Google and Apple, neither of which have to pay developers to make apps. When Microsoft offered to underwrite a Windows Phone version of Foursquare, the mobile social network, Holger Luedorf, Foursquare's head of business development, did not hesitate to say yes. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/technology/to-fill-out-its-app-store-microsoft-wields-its-checkbook.html
Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2012 19:27:54 -0400 From: "news" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: SaskTel ending rotary dial service Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 08:52:05 -0700 (PDT), HAncock4 <email@example.com> wrote: >On Apr 7, 7:18 pm, Mike Spencer <m...@bogus.nodomain.nowhere> wrote: > >> We developed 60 hz hum on the POTS line 8 years ago when the Aliant >> line and service guys were on strike. Several visits from "crews" >> composed of accountants, marketing guys and managers failed to solve >> the problem. Finally, one manager type went tearing off in the truck >> to the big cabinet 5 miles away on the main road. Claimed to have >> yanked out a circuit board and stuck in a new one. The hum was >> gone. Off they go, happy and proud of theirselfs. > >Could it be that remote "concentrators" interpret the dial signals? >In old Bell System days, I believe the concentrators would switch the >call locally without going to the C.O. if the called party was served >by the concentrator (per the Bell Labs history 1925-1975). Perhaps >the modern circuit cards in the concentrator do not handle rotary >signals. The hardware detection of dial pulsing is exactly the same as on-hook/off-hook detection. That is true whether or not a CO switch or a remote switch or concentrator terminates the subscriber loop. All it takes is a few lines of code in the signaling processing microprocessor (or DSP...) to count the dial pulsing and such code has existed for scores of years. To include it or not is a management decision which, in reality, involves no real cost savings whatsoever. Take from an old line card device application engineer, there is no difference in the hardware, only some minor software code to count the pulses... If pulse dialing doesn't work anymore, it's because somebody made the decision to remove it without saving any money... ET PS - the 60 Hz hum was likely due to a bad connection that caused the line to become unbalanced. It could have been at the card/rack interface or any splice in the line. Maybe the manager got lucky.... It is possible that a component failure on the card caused the unbalance, but that should have caused other symptoms in addition to the hum. rest of the post clipped...
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:49:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: To Stop Cellphone Cramming, Don't Let It Start Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To Stop Cellphone Cramming, Don't Let It Start By DAVID SEGAL April 7, 2012 THE Haggler's last column apparently caused a lot of readers to take a close look at their cellphone bills, and many made a disturbing discovery: they had been crammed. To recap, cramming is the unsavory act of tacking an unrequested service fee to a phone bill. It's been a land-line scheme for years and now appears to be full-on scourge in the mobile phone world. Customers find themselves enrolled, without their consent, in a short-message service, or SMS, which delivers texts on celebrity gossip, dating and other kinds of invaluable information. The monthly fees - often in the $9 range - as well as the service come from third-party providers, which is a generic term for what are, in many instances, very shadowy companies that behave very badly. In our last episode, a woman discovered that a Georgia-based company called Wise Media had crammed a $9.99 charge to her cellphone bill in recent months. Her carrier, AT&T, promptly refunded the charges, which turns out to be standard operating procedure, and may go a long way toward explaining why the outrage about cellphone cramming has not yet exploded like cartoon dynamite. A handful of readers wrote last week to describe their own cramming and refund experiences. One crammee, Harry Wall of Larchmont, N.Y., found that two of five cellphones on his AT&T family plan had charges from Wise Media. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/your-money/cellphone-cramming-gets-a-second-look.html
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:49:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: AT&T Will Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones Message-ID: <email@example.com> AT&T Will Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones By JENNA WORTHAM | April 6, 2012 Starting Sunday, AT&T will allow iPhone customers whose contracts have expired to unlock their phones, or remove the restrictions that bind them to the carrier. Mark Siegel, a spokesman for AT&T, confirmed the news in an interview on Friday. "The only requirement is that the account has to be in good standing," he said. "And it can't be associated with a current long-term commitment with AT&T." Those customers will have the option of having their phones unlocked remotely or coming into an AT&T retail store. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/06/att-will-now-unlock-your-iphone-if-your-contract-has-expired/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/8275u24
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 20:49:34 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: What 23 Years of E-Mail May Say About You Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> What 23 Years of E-Mail May Say About You By ANNE EISENBERG April 7, 2012 MOST of us accumulate huge amounts of data in our lives - including e-mails, telephone calls and spikes of writing activity, as measured by daily keystrokes. Stephen Wolfram, a scientist and entrepreneur, wondered: Could all of that information be compiled into a personal database, then analyzed to tell us something meaningful about our lives? Maybe it could suggest when we tended to be the most creative or productive, along with the circumstances that led up to those moments. Dr. Wolfram runs Wolfram Research, which is deeply steeped in data analysis, along with Wolfram Alpha, a computational search engine that provides many answers for Siri, the personal assistant for Apple's iPhone 4S. Computers are good at spotting patterns, and Dr. Wolfram thought an analysis of his own personal data might reveal patterns in his life - for example, when he was most likely to come up with new ideas, "preferably good ones." Dr. Wolfram, who lives in the Boston area, calls himself a "remote C.E.O." - interacting with his company, which is based in Champaign, Ill., almost exclusively by e-mail and phone. He has accumulated data on the job for decades - whether for hundreds of thousands of his outgoing e-mails back to 1989, for 100 million or so of his keystrokes since 2002, or the time and duration of thousands of phone calls. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/business/mining-our-personal-data-for-our-own-good.html
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:36:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Move will affect new customers By Gail Waterhouse Globe Correspondent / April 7, 2012 Verizon will require new customers who want its high-speed DSL Internet service to also buy a landline phone connection, a move the company said would allow it to better control costs. The telecommunications giant told customers this week it would no longer offer high-speed Internet service as a standalone feature. As of May 6, people who want its DSL high-speed service will need to add a landline connection to their account. But Parul P. Desai, policy counsel at Consumers Union, said she believed the move makes little sense for consumers, many of whom are moving away from landline use. ... http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2012/04/07/verizon_to_end_dsl_only_service_to_new_customers/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/7l7xsp2
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:28:14 +0100 From: Stephen <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:36:29 -0400, Monty Solomon <email@example.com> wrote: > >Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package >Move will affect new customers >By Gail Waterhouse > >Globe Correspondent / April 7, 2012 > >Verizon will require new customers who want its high-speed DSL >Internet service to also buy a landline phone connection, a move the >company said would allow it to better control costs. FWIW this is standard practice in the UK for consumer broadband (and always has been since the original ADSL services) you have to have a phone line to "host" DSL in the 1st place, and if the line gets ceased or moved to an alternate provider then the DSL service goes as well. [Moderator snip] -- Regards firstname.lastname@example.org - replace xyz with ntl
Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:46:54 +1000 From: David Clayton <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:28:14 +0100, Stephen wrote: > On Sun, 8 Apr 2012 19:36:29 -0400, Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > >>Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Move will affect new >>customers >>By Gail Waterhouse >> >>Globe Correspondent / April 7, 2012 >> >>Verizon will require new customers who want its high-speed DSL Internet >>service to also buy a landline phone connection, a move the company said >>would allow it to better control costs. > > FWIW this is standard practice in the UK for consumer broadband (and > always has been since the original ADSL services) > > you have to have a phone line to "host" DSL in the 1st place, and if the > line gets ceased or moved to an alternate provider then the DSL service > goes as well. In Australia you can get "Naked" DSL services or have different Voice and DSL providers, most companies offer "bundles"of DSL and Voice but because of the choice in the marketplace no one makes it compulsory. -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have.
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2012 21:14:24 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon to require landline as part of DSL package Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Per Monty Solomon: >But Parul P. Desai, policy counsel at Consumers Union, said she >believed the move makes little sense for consumers, many of whom are >moving away from landline use. I assumed that was the main idea: to stop the hemmorraging of revenue as people use services like Skype. -- Pete Cresswell
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:56:17 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Ohio bill could doom landlines Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Apr 8, 2:26 am, bon...@host122.r-bonomi.com (Robert Bonomi) wrote: > There are distinct advantages over the land-line 'lifeline' subsidy > service -- the cell service provides a 'limited use' (roughly 2-4 hrs > airtime/month) phone at no cost to the subscriber, while the 'lifeline' > service for landlines provides only a partial reduction in the cost of > a landline The landline usually provides unlimited 'local' calling, > however.- The cellphone does provide portability, which is important these days since there are so few pay phones. If say a low-income senior goes out and their car breaks down or they fill ill and need help, they have their cell and can call someone, and be called back. The flip side is that the landline provides unlimited incoming calls as well as whatever outgoing allowance. Also, four hours over the course of a month isn't that much two-way walk time. That's 240 minutes divided by 30 days, yielding only 8 minutes of talk time per day. Not a lot.
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