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    • ANI (Automatic Number Identification)

      ANI (Automatic Number Identification)

      ANI (Automatic Number Identification) is a system utilized by telephone companies to identify the DN (Directory Number) of a calling subscriber. Automatic number identification permits subscribers to capture or display caller’s telephone number. This feature was developed by AT&T, and it should not be confused with new caller ID services. AT&T developed this feature for

    • Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring are telephony slang for the two wires which make up the electrical circuit used for telephone wiring. Tip is the nickname for the electrically positive wire and Ring is the nickname for the electrically negative wire. Tip is the ground side, which is positively charged, and Ring is the battery side, which

    • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

      UMTS is an abbreviation for Universal Mobile Telecommunications System. It is one of the third-generation (3g) cell phone technologies quickly developing today. UTMS is also referred to as the 3GSM so as to emphasize the coalition between 3G technology and GSM standard. In theory, the UTMS, using W-CDMA, is supposed to be able to transfer

    • How to Unlock a GoPhone

      How to Unlock a GoPhone

      GoPhone is the trademark used by AT&T/Cingular to market their pay as you go cell phones. Most customers will eventually want to switch to a more normal post-pay cell phone plan, and many of them will want to take their cell phones with them. Unfortunately, the GoPhones are "subsidy locked." This means that the GoPhones

    • LEC (Local Exchange Carrier)

      LEC (Local Exchange Carrier)

      An LEC, or Local Exchange Carrier, is a telephone company that is responsible for managing calls within a specific territory, such as a city or county. The vast majority of the United States is managed by LECs, which differ from IXCs, or Interexchange Carriers. While LECs manage local calls between two parties, IXCs are responsible

    • How to Dial a DSN Number

      How to Dial a DSN Number

      DSN stands for the Defense Switched Network which is a global phone service used by the United States government capable of both non-secure and secure communications. Traditionally, the DSN network has only been used for voice communications, but in the past decade data and video service have been incorporated into the network through Integrated Services

    • CNA Number

      CNA Number

      CNA stands for Customer Name and Address. The CNA number is a phone number for telephone company personnel to call and get the name and address for a phone number. If a telephone lineman finds a phone line he does not recognize, he can use the ANAC Number to find its phone number and then

    • 110 Block

      110 Block

      A 110 block is a punch-down block used to connect wiring for telephone systems, data network wiring, and other low-voltage wiring applications. It improves on the 66 block by supporting higher frequencies and using space more efficiently. A punch-down tool is used to force solid wire into metal slots on the 110 block. Present residences

    • Country Direct Numbers

      Country Direct Numbers

      Country Direct numbers are used so that you may connect to an operator from a foreign telephone network, without incurring long distance charges. These numbers may be useful in blue boxing, as many countries still have older switching equipment in use. List of Country Direct Numbers Australia (Telstra) (800)682-2878 Austria (Telecom Austria) (800)624-0043 Belgium (800)472-0032

    • IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity)

      IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity)

      Each GSM and UMTS mobile phone has a unique IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. An IMEI number facilitates an important function – it easily identifies a mobile phone being used on a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network. The IMEI is a useful tool to stop a stolen phone from accessing a network

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