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The Telecom Digest for April 5, 2013
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Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:46:10 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Apple iphone thefts Message-ID: <email@example.com> Police in Lawrence, New Jersey, are warning the public to watch out for "apple-picking" thieves who snatch Apple iPhones from users' hands while they are using the pricey devices. full article at: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2013/04/lawrence_police_investigate_ap.html NYC subway safety article: http://new.mta.info/mta-new-york-city-transit-warns-subway-customers-safeguard-your-stuff subway safety poster: http://new.mta.info/sites/default/files/archive/pdfs/SafeguardYourStuff.pdf
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 19:54:32 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Letters, E-Mail, Texts - What's Next? Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://onpoint.wbur.org/2013/04/03/communication Letters, E-Mail, Texts - What's Next? On Point with Tom Ashbrook April 3, 2013 Letters are dead. E-mail outdated. Text messages so passé. What's going on with how we communicate? Forever and ever, it was letters and the telephone. That's how most people communicated. That was it. Then came the Internet, and - boom! - the world changed. E-mail rolled in. For a time, old-schoolers felt cool when they used it. That is so over and done. E-mail's dying. Among the young, only 11 percent use e-mail to communicate with friends. The big successor was texting. Now that's going passé. There was Facebook, but that's musty. Now there's Snapchat, WhatsApp, WeChat, Kakao. This hour, On Point: the zooming evolution of text communication. -Tom Ashbrook Guests David Gerzof, professor of media relations, social media and marketing at Emerson College. Founder and president of BIGfish, an integrated social media, PR, marketing, and social influence firm. (@davidgerzof) Pete Pachal, tech editor at Mashable.com. (@petepachal) Alex Hermacinski, 15-year-old freshman at Wellesley High School in Massachusetts. (@herma_crab) http://soundcloud.com/onpointradio/letters-e-mail-texts-whats
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:07:09 -0400 From: T <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Service Migration Advice Message-ID: <MPG.email@example.com> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com says... > > In <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> T <email@example.com> writes: > > >After eight years I finally shut my Vonage service off. The Cable > >company around here, Cox, is finally feeling the pressure of having a > >competitor in Verizon's FIOS product. > > >To the point where my bill went down by $20 a month, I now get the phone > >service from the cable company, and my net speed increases. > > >Interestingly the phone and net come from one device now. It's a Cisco > >device - even has a 2500mAh battery in it to keep the phone service up > >for eight hours. > > You might want to double check as to whether that Cisco unit's > battery power mode gives you both phone and internet or just > the phone mode. The standard FIOS units only provide phone. > > Oh, and as we all know quite too well, there's plenty of > electrical magic boxes between the cableco's (equivalent > of the) central office and most subscribers. When utility > power goes out in an area wide hiccup, having a battery > at your box might not do much for you. I did check. It only covers the phone service and not net service. So a UPS might be in order too. And yes - I'm aware that the amplifiers on the poles require AC power to operate.
Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:05:47 -0400 From: T <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <MPG.firstname.lastname@example.org> In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org says... > > >The big cost in producing a printed publication is in producting the > >first copy. The margional cost of producing additional copies is only > >a small fraction. > > The big cost in running a cable system is in running a wire to every > customer and provisioning the head end, power, and so forth to send > signals down that wire. > > I've seen analyses that say that if cablecos went to a la carte > pricing, they'd adjust the per channel prices and people would end up > paying about the same overall, because the cablecos need to generate > about the same revenue to be viable. Well actually what is driving the cost of cable up isn't the utilies consumed but the content producers and what they charge to carry their programming.
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 00:38:57 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Hurrahs and Harrumphs for T-Mobile Message-ID: <email@example.com> Hurrahs and Harrumphs for T-Mobile David Pogue April 4, 2013 In my Times column on Thursday, I cheered T-Mobile's bold decision to abandon the standard United States cellphone business model. There will be no more two-year contracts, no more idiotic 15-second voice mail instruction recordings, no more games with the cost of your phone. The column set off an unusually voluminous flood of reader response. Most were as thrilled by T-Mobile's new policies as I am. But there was, as always, a sizable crowd of people who pushed back and objected in various ways. Here are some of their comments, with my responses. ... http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/hurrahs-and-harrumphs-for-t-mobile/
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