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The Telecom Digest for January 4, 2013
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Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:11:13 -0500 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Announces End of 900 Number Billing Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:50:36 -0800, John Reiser wrote: > ... Can the billed charge be as low as 0.30 euro? > What do you believe was the US minimum: 2 dollars? As I recall (Thad Floryan can confirm or refute, I suspect), the 900 number set up for accessing the modem pool to GET SouRCeS for at&t's Unix PC typically charged a quarter a minute: 1-900-GET-SRCS. Not that I ever used it, but I kinda' knew it was there if I needed it. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:47:41 -0800 From: Thad Floryan <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon Announces End of 900 Number Billing Message-ID: <50E634BD.firstname.lastname@example.org> On 1/3/2013 12:11 AM, tlvp wrote: > On Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:50:36 -0800, John Reiser wrote: > >> ... Can the billed charge be as low as 0.30 euro? >> What do you believe was the US minimum: 2 dollars? > > As I recall (Thad Floryan can confirm or refute, I suspect), the 900 number > set up for accessing the modem pool to GET SouRCeS for at&t's Unix PC > typically charged a quarter a minute: 1-900-GET-SRCS. Not that I ever used > it, but I kinda' knew it was there if I needed it. Hmmm, I was unaware of that number for that purpose. I just checked the latest 3B1 FAQ (both parts) and it doesn't appear. A Google search found this page: http://unixpc.taronga.com/comp.sources.3b1/volume01/info1 where we see this: " Site: uunet.uu.net " Contact: Dave Brierley (email@example.com) " Location: Fairfax, VA " Modems: Telebit " UUCP: uunet uucp customers only " FTP: anonymous ftp " Mail server: netlib@uunet " Additional: UUNET is keeping archives in ~ftp/comp.sources.3b1, " and I will be maintaining them. You can also use " 1-900-GOT-SRCS to access this archive. but no mention of the cost of the 900 line. I doubt it was very expensive since people would have been howling if it was. I did occasionally call direct into UUnet as a long-distance call from California but that barely made a dent in my phone bills way back then with 4 lines: one for the home, one for FAX, and two modem lines; I abandoned all four in 2002 and have been cellphone-only since then. FWIW, I usually would ftp into UUnet, and until UUnet's demise I would use it as a ping 'target' to test latency to the East Coast from Northern California (SF Bay Area). Thad
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:01:00 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Massachusetts SJC says Police can search cellphone call lists Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Mass. high court: Police don't need warrant to view cellphone call list after arrest 12/05/2012 By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff The state's highest court ruled today that police in Massachusetts do not necessarily need a search warrant to look at the call list of a person's cellphone when searching personal property following an arrest. But in two rulings involving the arrest of suspected drug dealers by Boston police, a unanimous Supreme Judicial Court said it would decide at another time whether people had constitutional rights to privacy for other cellphone contents, such as texts and e-mails. ... http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/12/05/sjc-police-can-make-limited-search-cellphone-call-lists-following-arrest/0wJwF8dQtIJWkeYOetyyVM/story.html -or- http://goo.gl/o5hYC Searching Cell Phones Incident to Arrest http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/mptc/cell-phone.pdf
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:01:47 -0800 (PST) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Announces End of 900 Number Billing Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Dec 30 2012, 2:57 pm, danny burstein > Verizon, which still handles a hefty chunk of landline calls, > will no longer accept any bills from "900" service providers. > That's pretty much the final nail in that coffin. Would anyone know about the '976' exchange, which served mostly the same purpose? In some places 976 was used for low-cost services (ie 25c/call) for the weather or time; but it was also used for high rate calls, too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premium-rate_telephone_number
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