31 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981
The Telecom Digest for March 6, 2013
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Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 07:31:02 -0800 (PST) From: Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <1362497462.10013.YahooMailClassic@web125202.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> --- On Mon, 3/4/13, Mark Smith <email@example.com> wrote: > In the boonies of Southern Maryland, one restaurant still has the > credit card machine attached to the voice (POTS) line. If anyone is > gabbing one the phone the machine won't work. It's not just in the boonies. Lots of small businesses don't want to pay for an extra phone line of any sort. This happens im doctors' offices and some small retail stores, too. Wes Leatherock firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:06:28 +0000 (UTC) From: danny burstein <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon Outages Strand Lower Manhattan Businesses 4 Months After Sandy Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> In <1362497462.10013.YahooMailClassic@web125202.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> Wes Leatherock <email@example.com> writes: > It's not just in the boonies. Lots of small businesses don't want >to pay for an extra phone line of any sort. This happens im doctors' >offices and some small retail stores, too. Many of those places also have a fax machine. I've saved a bunch of them money by explaining they can hook up their credit card dialer-outer onto the fax machine phone line (which, for most of them, is minimally used). -- _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key firstname.lastname@example.org [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded]
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:10:21 -0500 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: White House: It's Time to Legalize Cellphone Unlocking Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> White House: It's Time to Legalize Cellphone Unlocking MARCH 4, 2013 AT 10:13 AM PT The White House on Monday came out in support of the rights of consumers to unlock their cellphones once they have fulfilled the terms of the contract. Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, "The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties." http://allthingsd.com/20130304/white-house-its-time-to-legalize-cell-phone-unlocking/ -or- http://goo.gl/FmBbB -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 15:52:55 -0500 From: Rich Braun <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Smart Phones Message-ID: <51365B27.email@example.com> Moderator's note: I copied this post from another forum I read, with the kind permssion of Mr. Braun. > (Another person on the forum) wrote: > The costs of smart phones are ridiculous. I saw the Obama administration weighed in on one aspect of affordability this week: after another government agency declared that lawsuits by carriers against consumers who unlock their under-contract phones can go forward, the Administration accepted an online petition protesting such policy and declared that such lawsuits are lunacy. Net effect: zero. Sometime last year a major news organization (I think it was ABC) announced that the build cost of an iPhone is US$8, which if true means the markup is over 98% of the inflated price. Last week's Time magazine devoted its entire news section to a single 24,000-word piece about the so-called chargemaster, which is the computerized price list used by hospitals to compute bills. Welcome to the modern price-gouging economy. Profiteers are finding ways to corner many markets and jack up prices by ensuring that consumers pay for things indirectly, blunting the effects of comparison-shopping. If you want better/cheaper mobile phones and service, alas you have to escape the boundaries of the USA to get beyond the reach of profiteers. -rich
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