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The Telecom Digest for April 20, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 102 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: Where does 411.com get it's updates?(John Mayson)
Phone sex dominates 800 lines--article(Lisa or Jeff)
Porn Company Has Snatched Up Nearly 25% of 1-800 Numbers in U.S., Canada(John Mayson)
Re: Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?(David Clayton)
Re: Where does 411.com get it's updates?(Lisa or Jeff)
Re: The Tru SIM, anyone here used it?(Joseph Singer)

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Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:51:41 -0500 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Where does 411.com get it's updates? Message-ID: <BANLkTimb2RdB8j-FMArys8rOm672j6u2Lw@mail.gmail.com> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 12:23 AM, Adam H. Kerman <ahk@chinet.com> wrote: > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > > Thanks for the info. Is there an update process? In other words, how > can my eye doctor get her listing corrected? Admittedly I haven't checked myself in an online "white pages" in a couple of years, but phone numbers I had when George W. Bush was still governor of Texas, plus numbers I never had, still appeared. Do people still use services like 411.com? Apparently at least one Massachusetts resident does. These days I rely on Google. I think your eye doctor would be better off creating a Google Places page than trying to play whack-a-mole with all the online directories out there. John -- John Mayson <john@mayson.us> Austin, Texas, USA
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:40:49 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Phone sex dominates 800 lines--article Message-ID: <998931e2-1dc4-4262-ba54-a769de5c4118@c26g2000vbq.googlegroups.com> A report in the Phila Inqr says that a phone sex company has acquired a great many 800 numbers. http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/Philly-phone-sex-group-controls-1-in-4-US-toll-free-800-numbers-report.html
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 13:51:05 -0500 From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Porn Company Has Snatched Up Nearly 25% of 1-800 Numbers in U.S., Canada Message-ID: <BANLkTikm+WsSfYJtWaJE5P8zaSNTgO-pHA@mail.gmail.com> http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/04/19/porn-company-amassing-1-800-numbers/ NEW YORK - For years, teenagers across the U.S. could call a toll-free hotline if they had embarrassing questions about AIDS and safe sex. Dial the same number now and you get a recording of giggling women offering to talk dirty to you. "We both have big appetites for sex," they purr. "Pinch us and poke us. Spank us and tease us. We love it all. ... Enter your credit card number now." Those naughty misdials, and countless others like them, appear to be no accident. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that over the past 13 years, a little-known Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers in the U.S. and Canada, often by grabbing them the moment they are relinquished by previous users. As of March, it administered more 800 numbers than any other company, including Verizon and AT&T. And many, if not most, of those 1.7 million numbers appear to be used for one thing: redirecting callers to a phone-sex service.
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 16:42:14 +1000 From: David Clayton <dcstar@myrealbox.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer? Message-ID: <pan.2011.> Has someone else been reading this thread?: http://www.dilbert.com/fast/2011-04-19/ -- Regards, David. David Clayton Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Knowledge is a measure of how many answers you have, intelligence is a measure of how many questions you have. ***** Moderator's Note ***** David, I think Scott Adams is a subscriber ... ... to my life! Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:38:46 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Where does 411.com get it's updates? Message-ID: <e72fa87a-167b-4efe-9241-c3a896e4b1ec@z33g2000vbk.googlegroups.com> On Apr 18, 10:58 pm, Bill Horne <b...@horneQRM.net> wrote: > I looked up my optometrist in 411.com today, but it showed the wrong > number: the listing was for another optical shop that she hasn't worked > at in years. New Verizon phone books were distributed in our area, and they no longer contain white pages listing. The directory said to use wwww.verizon.com/whitepages . This link brought up a very different kind of directory search that seemed to be much more accurate than other types. It seems to be based on directory listings, and you can even see the directory page. I checked for my own current and past listings (that other search engines always got wrong) and they were correct on this page. It also did not have any links to advertised services. Other search engines have ads for what seems to be sleazy "find this person" services.
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 11:26:26 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: The Tru SIM, anyone here used it? Message-ID: <319619.71249.qm@web161517.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 11:08:41 -0500 John Mayson <john@mayson.us> wrote: > > While it appears to work globally, the cheap rates are only valid in > US, UK, and Australia with more countries coming soon. If they > could cover all of Europe I think this would be good for someone > continually hopping across borders. This is a possibility, but you also have to take into consideration that at least in Europe the EU in regard to roaming rates has decreed that roaming rates between EU countries has been reduced and is much more reasonable than it has been. That's not to say that it's as cheap as making calls within the home country it's not as egregious as it's been historically.
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