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The Telecom Digest for April 7, 2013
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Date: 5 Apr 2013 21:16:27 -0400 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Rich Greenberg) To: email@example.com. Subject: Verizon FIOS Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> This was originally posted to comp.dcom.telecom.tech in error, it was intended for cdt, so reposting to proper place with some followup added. During the recent FIOS discussion, I had nothing to add, so I didn't. Its been fine since it was installed 2+ years ago. Just recently, I had some issues, and I wanted to pass along what I encountered for the benefit of the group. At first, both wired and wireless went dead. A power cycle fixed it, and the wired connections had no furthur problems. The wireless was not working. The first time or 2 the Verizon "In Home Agent" fixed it but then it became intermittant and Agent could do nothing. [I] found a bug in their online diagnostics and a related bug in Agent. The online diagnostic was reading my userid and passphrase, spelling it out phonetically. My passphrase is several words with spaces between the words, and the diagnostic ignored the spaces. Later, Agent asked me for the passphrase and wouldn't allow me to enter the spaces. Later, I called FIOS tech support and reported both bugs. I then described the problems and asked what would it take to get a new modem. He responded that he would send me one and it arrived the next day. Aparantly they have decided that the modem I have is obselete because they don't want it back. I will trash it after resetting it to clear the passphrase. It will be installed tomorrow and I will follow up if anything unusual happens. One oddity in the old modem, its too slow to copy/paste the admin uid and password. They must be hand typed. I will see if the new modem has the same oddity. Followup: If it wasn't obvious from the above, the Verizon "In Home Agent" is a PC program. The new modem accepted the spaces in my passphrase but rejected it because it now requires at least one alpha and at least one numeric. I added some numbers and its happy. Reconnected the PCs with the new passphrase and they are all happily chugging away. The new modem allowed me to paste in the logon password. -- Rich Greenberg Sarasota, FL, USA richgr atsign panix.com + 1 941 378 2097 Eastern time. N6LRT I speak for myself & my dogs only. VM'er since CP-67 Canines: Val,Red,Shasta,Zero,Casey & Cinnar (At the bridge) Owner:Chinook-L Canines: Red & Max (Siberians) Retired at the beach Asst Owner:Sibernet-L
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 01:24:04 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Breaking Free of the Cellphone Carrier Conspiracy Message-ID: <email@example.com> Breaking Free of the Cellphone Carrier Conspiracy By DAVID POGUE April 3, 2013 Where, exactly, is your threshold for outrage? Would you speak up if you were overbilled for a meal? Would you complain if you paid for a book from Amazon.com that never arrived? Or what if you had to keep making monthly mortgage payments even after your loan was fully repaid? Well, guess what? If you're like most people, you're participating in exactly that kind of rip-off right now. It's the Great Cellphone Subsidy Con. When you buy a cellphone - an iPhone or Android phone, let's say - you pay $200. Now, the real price for that sophisticated piece of electronics is around $600. But Verizon, AT&T and Sprint are very thoughtful. They subsidize the phone. Your $200 is a down payment. You pay off the remaining $400 over the course of your two-year contract. It's just like buying a house or a car: you put some cash down and pay the rest in installments. Right? Wrong. Here's the difference: Once you've finished paying off your handset, your monthly bill doesn't go down. You keep reimbursing the cellphone company as though you still owed it. Forever. And speaking of the two-year contract, why aren't you outraged about that? What other service in modern life locks you in for two years? Home phone service? Cable TV service? Internet? Magazine subscriptions? Baby sitter? Lawn maintenance? In any other industry, you can switch to a rival if you ever become unhappy. Companies have to work for your loyalty. But not in the cellphone industry. If you try to leave your cellphone carrier before two years are up, you're slapped with a penalty of hundreds of dollars. If you're not outraged by those rip-offs, maybe it's because you think you're helpless. All of the Big Four carriers follow the same rules, so, you know - what are you gonna do? Last week, the landscape changed. T-Mobile violated the unwritten conspiracy code of cellphone carriers. It admitted that the emperors have no clothes. John J. Legere, T-Mobile's chief executive, took to the stage not only to expose the usurious schemes, but to announce that it wouldn't be playing those games anymore. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/technology/personaltech/t-mobile-breaks-free-of-cellphone-contracts-and-penalties.html
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2013 14:29:24 +0000 (UTC) From: J. Horn <horn+NOSPAN@panix.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Verizon, Cablevision emerge as unlikely allies Message-ID: <email@example.com> Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Gee, I wonder if The New York Times would be willing to sell its > newspaper on an a-la-carte basis so subscribers could subscribe to only > the sections they like? I'm sure is must cost a lot to produce a sports > section, so it seems reasonable that the a-la-carte price without the > sports section would be substantially lower than the price for the whole > package. The NYT offers a separate online subscription for its crossword puzzles. The nose is under the tent. J. Horn -- Remove +STRING to reply by email
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