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    • 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

    • InterLATA

      InterLATA

      An InterLATA or long distance call refers to a telephone call made between two separate LATAs. LATA (Local Access and Transport Area) is a term used to describe the area that a local telephone company manages. Markets, rather than geographical areas, define LATAs. Therefore, LATAs can cross over state borders and use multiple area codes.

    • 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

    • How to Update the Blackberry OS

      How to Update the Blackberry OS

      The BlackBerry OS is deployed on mobile devices used in 91 countries across more than 500 service operators. Research In Motion (RIM) developed the operating system since 1999, which allows mobile devices to act as both digital assistants and portable media players depending on the type of device purchased. A common task that arises for

    • How Do I Locate My Lost Cell Phone?

      How Do I Locate My Lost Cell Phone?

      Many of us have lost our cell phones from time to time but some may have a harder time than others in retrieving their phone. What is worse is when you lose your cell phone in the middle of a texting session or when you have an important phone call to make and the person’s

    • Types of Mobile Telephone Systems

      Types of Mobile Telephone Systems

      The main mobile telephone systems in the last twenty five years have been: YearMobile Telephone System 1981 Nordic Mobile Telephone (NMT) 1983 Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) 1985 Total Access Communication Systems (TACS) 1986 Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT) 1991 American Digital Cellular (ADC) 1991 Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) 1992 Digital Cellular System (DCS)

    • Who Invented the Cell Phone?

      Who Invented the Cell Phone?

      Dr. Martin Cooper is the person credited with both inventing the modern cell phone as well as making the first cell phone call in New York City, New York in April 1973. A related invention is the cave radio phone invented by Nathan Stubblefield who was awarded a patent for the idea in the early

    • How Do Tracphones Work?

      How Do Tracphones Work?

      As many people are fed up with their cell phone providers, a new trend has opened up for tracphones. A tracphone, or TracFone, is a prepaid phone that gives you the accessibility of a contract plan without the commitment. Tracphones have become much more popular in the past few months as more people are finally

    • Ground Start

      Ground Start

      What is Ground Start? Ground Start or GST is a signaling technique for telephony from a terminal, or a subscriber local loop, to a telephone exchange in which a party gets a dial tone by momentarily grounding one side of a (telephone) circuit. The Ring side of a wire pair is usually the side that

    • Numbers that always Ring Busy

      Numbers that always Ring Busy

      In the following listings, "xxx" means that the same number is used as a constantly busy number in many different prefixes. In most of these, there are some exchanges that ring busy and some exchanges that are in normal use. ALWAYS test these numbers at least three times during normal business hours before using as

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