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    • Phone Switches

      Phone Switches

      Telephone switches route calls through the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network). When you pick up the handset on your home telephone, you are initiating a connection with your local telephone switch. When you dial a telephone number, your phone switch interprets the digits you dial and determines where to route your call. If your call

    • MIN (Mobile Identification Number)

      MIN (Mobile Identification Number)

      The MIN (Mobile Identification Number) is a number that uniquely identifies a mobile telephone subscriber. MINs are 34-bits in length. The first 10 bits are sometimes known as MIN2, while the last 24 bits are referred to as MIN1. Together they are simply known as the MIN. In the United States, the MIN is derived

    • 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

    • NEBS (Network Equipment-Building System)

      NEBS (Network Equipment-Building System)

      NEBS (Network Equipment-Building System) is a standard for telephony equipment. NEBS was developed in the 1970's by Bell Labs (now Telcordia). Many equipment vendors build their equipment to NEBS standards, even when they do not intend for their equipment to be placed in a Central Office. Equipment vendors do this because compliance with the NEBS

    • Telephone Network Interface Device

      Telephone Network Interface Device

      The telephone Network Interface Device (NID) is what connects your home telephone lines to the telephone company’s network. It is usually a small gray box located on the exterior of your home. It usually contains a modular phone plug that you can use for testing the line. They need both inside testing and outside testing.

    • How to Defeat Caller-ID Blocking

      How to Defeat Caller-ID Blocking

      One trick to defeat Caller-ID blocking is to forward your phone line to a friend who lives in another LATA. When your friend receives the anonymous phone call, have him use *69 Call Return to dial to offending party back. As he is now placing a long distance phone call, the telephone number of the

    • AMPS (EIA/TIA-553) and NAMPS (IS-91)

      AMPS (EIA/TIA-553) and NAMPS (IS-91)

      Mobile Frequency Range Rx: 869-894; Tx 824-849 Multiple Access Method FDM Duplex Method FDD Number of Channels 832 Channel Spacing 30kHz Modulation FM AMPS AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Service) was the first cellular mobile system in the United States. AMPS operates as an analog system using 30 kHz wide channels. NAMPS AMPS was later enhanced

    • 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

    • Predictive Dialer Software

      Predictive Dialer Software

      Predictive dialer software is designed to automatically dial the correct number of telephone calls to match the pattern of available call center personnel. Without predictive dialing software, an outbound call center will have to wait between phone calls until another person answers the phone. This can be quite expensive in terms of lost productivity. With

    • 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

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