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> Per T:
>>> It's not going to happen. Most phone services allow call-block now. And
>>> on my phone I use Blacklist for Android - MetroPCS wants to charge me a
>>> buck a month for phone block. A $2 app does it forever and I don't need
>>> to pay MetroPCS for the privilege.
>> But don't Call-Block services depend on a blacklist? If so, who
>> maintains the blacklist?
>> What data does the Android app work from? Does it just block
>> anything where the calling number is not in your phonebook?
> No, you can tell the Blacklist application what numbers to block. I
> quite like it as when you want to add it'll go into the phone call log
> and let you choose a number.
There is a similar program for Blackberry, I use iBlocker Pro on mine.
It will reject calls (either dump straight to voicemail or auto-answer
and hang up on the call) and reply to texts from blocked numbers too
with your own "custom" message.
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an archive of recorded messages:
Dave Garland wrote:
> an archive of recorded messages:
heh heh, those have some humor potential!
Rick Merrill wrote:
>Dave Garland wrote:
>>an archive of recorded messages:
>heh heh, those have some humor potential!
Friend of mine had a very realistic sounding ring tone with perfect SIT
(tone) sequence and "We're sorry due to call overload, our system ...[TELECOM] Re: TELECOM Re: Wireless and 911.
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In a message dated 29 Aug 2007 14:50:20 -0700, email@example.com
> So I assume all land line phones now support 911. Some places took a
> while to go over to it. It's challenging because phoneco exchange
> boundaries often don't match public service boundaries. Further,
> local fire/police/resuce each may have their own service boundaries.
> (In my town the police is very local but the fire is regiona...Telecom News in TELECOM Digest
No offense, but I read other sources of news, and I see the stuff
below in several places where it's accurately sorted by topic. I read
Telecom Digest to get *telecom* related information, not the latest
Dish TV "special" or what Amazon is doing this week. Just a simple
> Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 12:10:52 -0500
> From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: DISH Network $999 HDTV Promo
[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And no offense taken. Monty Solomon is
a sort of e...[telecom] Need some guidance on telecom easements [Telecom]
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> IANAL, and you need a good one, experienced in both easements and
> tower leases. Don't go to the local guy: this is an area where new
> precedents are being set almost daily, as cell towers and cellular
> infrastructure pop up at every streetcorner. You need a firm that
> does this all the time.
> You can start by getting some facts by yourself:
> 1. What frequencies will the transmitter(s) operator on?
> 2. What company will hold the FCC license?
> 3. What are the authorized emission types?
&...Re: [telecom] Re: TELECOM Re: Analog cell phone equipment
In <email@example.com> "Herb Oxley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> Later on more modern phones were placed in Amtrak and commuter
>> trains. Metro North had a big push to have a phone on every train
>> which was completed just before personal cell phones became
>> widespread. The original Metroliner (and prior 1948 train phones)
>> used real phone booths, later units had a phone but no booth, so
>> everyone could hear and be disturbed by your call, just like ...Re: [telecom] Paper Is Out, Cellphones Are In [Telecom]
email@example.com (John Levine) wrote:
|There's two separate issues. One is electronic
payment, the other is
|tracking. It's really true that ETC* is faster and
|particularly when they've installed equipment that
|collection as people drive by at full speed.
Most of the turnpike gates in Oklahoma are
intended to be passed at full speed. One near
Newcastle, Oklahoma, has a sign "Ramp Speed 75."
That's one where the lanes diverge and the non-cash
lanes are to the side of the through (cash) lanes.
Most other places the reade...Telecom Digest F.A.Q. [telecom]
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...Re: [telecom] Goodbye to copper? [Telecom]
In a message dated 6/25/2009 10:57:30 PM Central Daylight Time,
> Yep, but that is essentially a political decision and highlights
> that such things hold back the use of potentially better
> You have to wonder if the costs of the newer technologies (in the
> long-term) would drop if they were to totally replace the older
> The issue (I suppose) is that by tying up old ways of doing things -
> either by fixed rates or just our attitudes of resisting change - we
> miss out on the bene...Re: [telecom] When Texting Is Wrong [Telecom]
In a message dated 7/18/2009 9:44:10 AM Central Daylight Time,
> My feeling is that automation must make things better for the customer
> than they were before.
The usual result nowadays is that it is done to make things better for the
company, not the customer.
...Re: [telecom] GSM-only interference [Telecom]
In a message dated 8/7/2009 2:13:36 PM Central Daylight Time,
> But the finger is pointing at GSM as the culprit. Though I realize
> the GSM interference isn't a life-threatening situation (hmmm, what
> about being in a hospital?), I thought consumer appliances are not
> supposed to be causing such interference.
I was in the hospital a few months ago and using my AT&T phone. So
were many of my visitors. Others I have no idea what carrier/system
they were using but I know some of them were ATM. Nurses and others
called and answered...Telecom Digest archives questions [TELECOM]
I had a discussion tonight with Bill about our archives. As most of
you are aware we have long maintained our own set of archives here:
http://massis.lcs.mit.edu/telecom-archives/. This forum started in
1981 when Sergey and Larry were doing whatever 8 year-olds did in 1981
and Google Groups did not exist. If we wanted an archive we had to do
it ourselves. I can't speak for everyone, but going back and reading
the old archives has been like a trip down memory lane. I remember
when we had The Phone Company and would wait until 11 PM to call our
grandparents to save on to...Digium Responses for Telecom Digest [Telecom]
After a recent thread that brought up the subject of Asterisk PBX's, I
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Herewith, the answers from Digium: because their response contained
Microsoft character remnants, I had to redo the numbering. I also
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Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 16...Re: [telecom] 5XB arcana [Telecom]
In a message dated 6/20/2009 2:10:35 AM Central Daylight Time,
> I visited the CEntral CO in Topeka, Kansas around 1970. That was a
> huge Stroger SXS office, with the auxiliary line finders in wooden
> cabinets with glass windows. I forget their actual name, but they
> appeared to oscillate back and forth, left to right, with contacts
> somehow stopping and held to terminals when a subscriber went ROH.
Are you sure that those weren't line switches instead of line finders?
had some of those in in the office named "North,...Telecom Digest Reader Survey [telecom]
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Hope this helps someone....
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The Telecom Digest moderator is Bill Horne, and he lives in the United
States....Re: [telecom] Cellphones and driving [Telecom]
In a message dated 7/3/2009 9:15:12 AM Central Daylight Time,
> I think a first-rate hands free system, although of some
> distraction, is far, far less hazardous than holding a phone to
Repeated studies have shown their is no difference in the
distraction caused by cellphone to your ear or hands-free. It's
apparently the conversation, not the holding of the phone to your ear.
> In a message dated 7/3/2009 9:15:12 AM Central Daylight Time...Re: [telecom] Payphones Re: ANI vs. Caller ID [Telecom]
In a message dated 6/3/2009 1:08:55 AM Central Daylight Time,
800 free 411 (800 3733411) ; 800 411 free (800 3733411) ;
800 goog 411 (800 4664411) ; 800 411 goog (800 41146
Most of them use voice recognition software, and I never could get
the software to understand a relative named Dzierla.
On Thu, 04 Jun 2009 06:12:35 -0400, <Wesrock@aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 6/3/2009 1:08:55 AM Ce...Re: CO backup power (was Re: [telecom] FiOS in MDU Buildings [Telecom]
In a message dated 5/10/2009 7:44:49 PM Central Daylight Time,
> Ahem. No battery is designed to float. They are designed to
> provide power ... and float when not doing that. I worked in those
> offices for 25 years and I assure you that their capacity to provide
> that power WAS tested regularly.
Usually [they were tested] every Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. In
autostart offices, the commercial power was disconnected automatically
to make sure the automatic transfer system and autostart system were
working right, as well as makin...Re: CO backup power (was Re: [telecom] FiOS in MDU Buildings [Telecom]
In a message dated 5/9/2009 8:54:13 AM Central Daylight Time, email@example.com
> IIRC ESS1 (Morris Ill.) had minimal batteries, and a system that was
> supposed to start the diesels within 1/3 sec after a primary power
Several seconds--maybe a minute or more--are required for sirens or
horns to notify persons near a generator that it is getting ready to
autostart. No way it could start in 1/3 sec.
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Wesrock@aol.com says...
> In a message...Re: [telecom] Cellphones and driving [Telecom] #2
In a message dated 7/27/2009 9:07:14 PM Central Daylight Time,
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> They could install high-speed readers for cars with transponders, and
> promote the service and the time saved in the 'Fly By' lane. That
> would cost very little in relative terms, especially compared to the
> value of the time wasted by all those motorists.
I had not really considered that they did not have transponders since they
have been used on all the toll roads I have driven on in Kansas, Oklahoma
or Texas...Re: [telecom] Cellphones and driving [Telecom] #2
In a message dated 7/27/2009 9:26:44 AM Central Daylight Time,
> Doesn't take much to slow down traffic. On a recent road trip to North
> Carolina I noted traffic jams most often occured near toll booths. About
> 4 miles out you'd come to a complete standstill and then inch your way
> to the tolls.
> They have to do something about that.
It would cost money--more toll booths, more toll takers. Many things
people think something ought to be done about never do get done,
especially if the state or turnpike au...