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    • How Do Prepaid Cell Phones Work?

      How Do Prepaid Cell Phones Work?

      A prepaid cell phone is one that allows users to pay in advance for their service without the commitment and penalties of a long term contract. While contract plans are still the most popular form of mobile phone service, prepaid cell phones have become very popular in recent years and have grown in use amidst

    • Milliwatt Test Line

      Milliwatt Test Line

      A “Milliwatt (102 Type) Test Line” is a signal generated from an Access Service Provider end office to the customer’s location for the purposes of transmission measurement, that is, testing the line quality and loss of transmission. The generated signal is a 1004 Hz tone at 0 dBm, which is the equivalent of 1 milliwatt

    • TTY/TDD

      TTY/TDD

      TTY/TDD stands for a group of telecommunication devices that make it easier for deaf and/or mute people to talk over telephone lines. TTY stands for telephone typewriter, teletypewriter or text phone. TDD stands for Telecommunications Device for the Deaf. Usually these devices are all categorized under TTY/TDD. Sometimes TTY means manual devices such as typewriters,

    • Telephone Voltage

      Telephone Voltage

      Telephone voltage is actually related to the physical distance at which you can operate the telephone. If the voltage is high, it can signal to great distance. However, higher voltage carries certain risks. 48 V is a compromise between distance and safety. 50-52 V is used in central office common batteries, but designations and documents

    • 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

    • 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

    • Call Back Security

      Call Back Security

      Call back security, also known as dial back security, is a security mechanism used to authenticate users over dialup lines. The way call back security works is the dialup user calls into the system and enters his username and password. The system then hangs up on the user and calls the user back at a

    • Who Invented the Telephone?

      Who Invented the Telephone?

      The invention of the telephone is credited to American Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson in the mid-to-late 19th Century. Although Bell ultimately prevailed in the early signs of patent wars to come in the tech industry, there are a number of inventors who helped contributed technological and conceptual advancements that furthered telephone technology in

    • War Dialing

      War Dialing

      War dialing, also called scanning, is dialing a large number of telephone numbers in the hope of finding anything interesting. Interesting items often include test tones, computers, Voice Mail Boxes (VMB's), Private Branch Exchanges (PBX's), and government offices. A common technique is to find one telephone number owned by a target and then to war

    • How to Unlock a BlackBerry

      How to Unlock a BlackBerry

      Many wireless providers across the globe, including AT&T/Cingular, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Verizon sell Blackberries. When these companies sell a BlackBerry, they do so at a discount in order to attract customers. The providers then make up the lost profits over the lifetime of their contract with the customer. To protect those profits, the wireless providers

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