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    • Loop Start

      Loop Start

      Loop start is a a signaling technique in which a party gets a dial tone by closing (shorting) a DC current loop. In a loop start signaling system, the electrical loop between your telephone and your central office (CO) is normally open. When you pick up the telephone handset, it causes a circuit to be

    • How Do I Setup MMS on My Mobile?

      How Do I Setup MMS on My Mobile?

      MMS, Multimedia Messaging Service, is a widely used communication channel over mobile phones to send and receive multimedia like images, ringtones, and videos. Most modern mobiles phones are MMS enabled. To use MMS service on your mobile phone, you need to do 2 things: Activate the MMS Service from your Service Provider. Upon activation by

    • 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

    • How to Add Ring Tones to my BlackBerry

      How to Add Ring Tones to my BlackBerry

      Owning a Blackberry enables its owners to do much more than they could ever accomplish with a basic cell phone. However, one of the most popular features that have carried over from basic cell phone to the BlackBerry is the ability to add ring tones. In earlier models adding ring tones to your Blackberry was

    • 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

    • DTMF (Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency)

      DTMF (Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency)

      DTMF tones, or Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency signaling, are audible tones that are used by touch-tone telephones to identify which number key was pushed by the operator. DTMF tones have been used since 1963 and are used by all standard touch-tone telephones in the United States as well as in many other countries around the world. DTMF

    • IntraLATA

      IntraLATA

      IntraLATA refers to any telephone call that is made between two separate local telephone companies that are close enough to not constitute a long-distance call. To fully understand IntraLATA and InterLATA systems, a user must understand that a LATA, or Local Access and Transport Area, is a local telephone company that is responsible for managing

    • Ringback

      Ringback

      A ringback number is a number that you call that will immediately ring the telephone from which it was called. In most instances you must call the ringback number, quickly hang up the phone for just a short moment and then let up on the switch, you will then go back off hook and hear

    • How to Block Caller-ID

      How to Block Caller-ID

      Always test as much as possible before relying on any technique to block Caller-ID. Some of these methods to block Caller-ID work in some areas, but not in others. Block Caller-ID For a Single Call Using a LASS Code Dial *67 before you dial the number. (141 in the United Kingdom) Block Caller-ID On All

    • How to Block Incoming Calls

      How to Block Incoming Calls

      Blocking incoming calls can sometimes be quite important for many reasons. Someone may be troubling you over the phone, harassing you, giving blank calls and you just want to avoid a specific person. A simple way to do this is to block an incoming call of a specific person. That is, whenever that person calls

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