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    • SCM: Station Class Mark

      SCM: Station Class Mark

      The SCM (Station Class Mark) is a 4 bit number which holds three different pieces of information. Your cellular telephone transmits this information (and more) to the cell tower. Bit 1 of the SCM tells the cell tower whether your cellphone uses the older 666 channel cellular system, or the newer 832 channel cellular system.

    • Smartphone

      Smartphone

      A smartphone is a mobile phone with a considerably greater amount of functionality than an ordinary mobile phone or a feature phone. Smartphones can be considered a blend between a mobile phone and a full featured mobile computer, similar to the PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) of the past, but even more capable. They typically include

    • How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      This is the “right hand” of both the professional and the amateur lineman. Basically, it is a customized portable telephone which is designed to be hooked onto raw cable terminals in the field and used to monitor the line, talk, or dial out. The monitor function is usually the main difference between the “butt-in” test

    • CLLI Codes

      CLLI Codes

      CLLI codes, or Common Language Location Identifier, pronounced “silly codes”, are codes used by telecommunication companies to identify specific industry equipment. CLLI codes are 11 characters long, may be comprised of a combination of letters and numbers, and are used by all telecommunication companies in North America. While CLLI codes were first created and used

    • Tumbling

      Tumbling

      Tumbling exploits a weakness in the AMPS/NAMPS roaming system. In tumbling, you first configure the SIDH in your mobile telephone to pretend to be from another cellular carrier. If you are in Colorado, for example, you would configure your mobile telephone as if it were subscribed to a cellular carrier in Texas. Next, you modify

    • Cell Phone Interceptors

      Cell Phone Interceptors

      Millions of people use monitoring systems and devices for several purposes. Monitoring systems and devices have been around for quite some time and are designed to increase the level of security and protection in facilities. Among the technologies that the cell phone industry created, the cell phone interceptor is what experts consider one of the

    • MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      The Mobile Telephone Switching Office, or MTSO, is a system that automatically keeps track of a cell phone user’s relative signal by monitoring readings from cell phone towers near the user. MTSO systems also automatically switch a cell phone’s service from one cell phone tower to another depending on which tower will provide the user

    • How to Unlock a Phone

      How to Unlock a Phone

      Many cell phone users remain confused on what it means to unlock a phone. Most commonly, this term is used to describe the process of removing restrictions placed on using a GSM cell phone by the manufacturer. These restrictions are intended to prevent the mobile phone from being used on competing cell phone carriers or

    • GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)

      GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)

      The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) system is a widely deployed digital mobile telephony standard that is deployed throughout Europe and other locations around the globe. The GSM standard leverages a variant of TDMA (time division multiple access) and is the most deployed of the three competing legacy digital wireless technologies on the market

    • 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

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