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The Telecom Digest for May 18, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 86 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: What is "Skype"? (David Harmon)
Re: ATT Universal Card & LD (Julian Thomas)
Re: ATT Universal Card & LD (tlvp)

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Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 15:53:10 -0700 From: David Harmon <source@netcom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: What is "Skype"? Message-ID: <QpCdnRQsjajtCuvOnZ2dnUVZ_vidnZ2d@earthlink.com> On 15 May 2014 20:07:46 -0000 in comp.dcom.telecom, "John Levine" <johnl@iecc.com> wrote, >>Skype would do what I want, but I don't believe there's an android version. > >Sure there is. Fire up Google Play, download and install it. Calls >to other Skype users or to numbers in the US are free. > >An alternative for making phone calls is Vonage (yes, that Vonage.) >They also have an Android app that lets you call US numbers for free. And also the Magic Jack app.
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 22:46:58 -0400 From: Julian Thomas <jt@jt-mj.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: ATT Universal Card & LD Message-ID: <46DE460B-7912-4B70-868C-2C09BA28D766@jt-mj.net> On 16 May 2014, at 01:54, David Lesher <wb8foz@panix.com> wrote: > ATT dabbled in the creditcard market in ~1990 era, but then > sold out to Citibank. and when I discovered that accessing my ATT account required using Internet Exploder, I cancelled. jt
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 19:51:35 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: ATT Universal Card & LD Message-ID: <19apqo4uhe6s5$.1lgssh7s6ddv9$.dlg@40tude.net> On Fri, 16 May 2014 05:54:26 +0000 (UTC), David Lesher wrote: > ATT dabbled in the creditcard market in ~1990 era, but then > sold out to Citibank. > > As part of that sellout, charter members got guaranteed > free calling privileges. It's 30 min. per month. I've used mine > for time to time, when traveling. I did so in December. > > But last night I went to use it, only to be told I had zero > balance. ... > > ... anyone else had an issue with their calling privs? Ah...yup! First, back when they initially offered the 30 minutes AND few free DA lookups, my card, though registered for that program, wasn't registered for it -- or rather, had rights to 0 minutes/month and 0 DA lookups/month. Many calls to CS later, citibank shipped a new card (same account number) with cover material indicating I now had 30 min/mo of (domestic) calling and a few free DA lookups/mo as well. BUT: the rebate scheme that the "old" card had benefited from before (something like 1% of charges for utilities, 5% of charges for at&t services (phone-line, ISP)) had gotten canceled for the "new" card. Many calls to CS later in my attempts to rectify that mis-step, citibank shipped another new card (same account number still) with cover material indicating I now had some gimmicky Thank You Points membership that would reward me for my purchases using the card. But in fact no such rewards ever seemed to get posted to my Thank You acct. I gave up using the card except for a very rare occasional, phone-card use. And then, a few months ago, I got USPS mail from the card issuer (at&t? citibank?) informing me that my card (not expiring until 2015 sometime) had been canceled/rescinded and was no longer valid. No grounds given. My thoughts? "Good riddance to lying rubbish." :-) . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
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