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The Telecom Digest for October 4, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 206 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Caller ID numbers that start with '1' (John Levine)
Oi, Portugal Telecom to Merge, Creating 7 Billion Giant (Bill Horne)
Re: Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians (Neal McLain)
Verizon glitch let unlimited data customers upgrade phones (Bill Horne)

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Date: 3 Oct 2013 02:52:31 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Caller ID numbers that start with '1' Message-ID: <20131003025231.80907.qmail@joyce.lan> >Lately, I've been having numbers show up on my cell phone's caller ID >where the local exchange begins with 1. I thought 1, when it is used >as the first digit in a phone number in the NANP denotes that the >digits that follow are to be routed long distance. Has this changed? A dialing plan is different from a numbering plan. The world numbering plan assigns prefix 1 for NANP numbers, so a number that shows up with a leading 1 is just a full phone number. The dialing plan in North America is (oversimplifying a bit) 1+10 means a ten digit NANP number, while 7D is an NANP number where the first three are the same as yours. I've noticed the same thing, that CLID often has the leading 1, which makes sense since on calls from other countries, it starts with whatever the country code is, like 44 for calls from the UK. My telco also sometimes sends CLID that starts 1011-1NXX and is truncated, which I think is just a bug in the switch programming.
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 20:51:28 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Oi, Portugal Telecom to Merge, Creating 7 Billion Giant Message-ID: <20131004005128.GA28416@telecom.csail.mit.edu> By Anabela Reis - Oct 2, 2013 4:37 PM ET Oi SA, Brazil's biggest phone company, agreed to merge with Portugal Telecom SGPS SA to create a trans-Atlantic carrier whose 100 million customers make it more competitive against Telefonica SA and America Movil SAB. Shareholders of Oi will own the majority of the combined company after the transaction, which requires the Rio de Janeiro-based carrier to sell new stock for as much as 2.7 billion euros ($3.7 billion). Its shares soared as much as 12 percent in Sao Paulo. Portugal Telecom, whose investors will get 38 percent of the new Brazil-based entity, jumped as much as 23 percent in Lisbon. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-02/portugal-telecom-to-combine-with-oi-into-carrier-led-by-bava.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) And in the blue sky overhead The Northern geese fly south instead And leaves are Irish-setter red When Fall comes to New England - Cheryl Wheeler
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:18:07 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians Message-ID: <607bafb9-26ce-461e-b442-47a456479517@googlegroups.com> | Comcast cites 'total gridlock' at CSN Houston in bankruptcy filing | By Steve Donohue, FierceCable, September 30, 2013 | Comcast's NBCUniversal subsidiary filed an involuntary bankruptcy | petition on Friday aimed at letting it take full ownership of | Comcast SportsNet Houston, the regional sports network controlled by | the Houston Astros. | AT&T, Verizon, DirecTV, and Dish Network have refused to carry CSN | Houston since it launched in October 2012. That has made it | difficult to pay its bills, including rights fees owed to the Astros | and the Houston Rockets NBA franchise. The Astros criticized Comcast | for the filing. It accused the MSO of preventing the team from | terminating its contract with CSN Houston--a move which would allow | it to sell rights to its baseball games to another network. The team | also confirmed that it hasn't received payments from CSN Houston for | three months. Part of CSN's problem is that AT&T, Verizon, DirecTV and Dish Network don't carry it. Comcast has filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition aimed at letting it take full ownership of CSN. Continued: http://tinyurl.com/n7jf2h5 Neal McLain
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:08:38 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon glitch let unlimited data customers upgrade phones Message-ID: <20131004010837.GA31576@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Carrier says it has fixed software issue that allowed some customers to upgrade to a subsidized device and retain their grandfathered data plans. by Steven Musil September 30, 2013 5:16 PM PDT Verizon Wireless on Monday blamed a software glitch for allowing customers to upgrade to a subsidized handset while keeping their grandfathered unlimited data plans, despite a year-old policy change prohibiting that arrangement. Verizon last year killed off its unlimited data offering, instead opting for a tiered pricing model and family data plans that offer customers a bucket of data. Customers already on the plan could keep it unless they upgraded to a new phone and chose the subsidized price, at which time they would be forced to give up their unlimited data for a capped plan. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605386-94/verizon-glitch-let-unlimited-data-customers-upgrade-phones/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly) The warriors of Winter gave a cold triumphant shout All that stays is dying, and all that lives is getting out - Tom Rush
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