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    • 15 Ways to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life

      15 Ways to Improve Your Phone’s Battery Life

      Although mobile phones have become almost ubiquitous in modern culture, device manufacturers have yet to solve the problem of significantly improving the battery life of mobile phones significantly. As a result, consumers must seek out methods to manage the overall application and program usage on their cell phones in order to improve the overall life

    • 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,

    • 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

    • 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

    • PCS (Personal Communications Service)

      PCS (Personal Communications Service)

      PCS (Personal Communications Service) is a set of standards. Most PCS standards are based on an existing standard. PCS is little more than the operation of these standards on the frequency bands of 1930-1990MHz for receiving and 1850-1910Mhz for transmitting. PCS StandardBase Standard PCS TDMA IS-136 PCS CDMA IS-95 PCS 1900 GSM PACS PHS cordless

    • ABCD Tones

      ABCD Tones

      The ABCD tones are additional DTMF tones that may be used in any way the standard (0-9) tones are used. These tones are generated using a Silver Box. Engineers envisioned phones being used to access computers and other devices. This vision led to the addition of the number sign (#, sometimes called ‘octothorpe’ or ‘pound’)

    • ANI (Automatic Number Identification)

      ANI (Automatic Number Identification)

      ANI (Automatic Number Identification) is a system utilized by telephone companies to identify the DN (Directory Number) of a calling subscriber. Automatic number identification permits subscribers to capture or display caller’s telephone number. This feature was developed by AT&T, and it should not be confused with new caller ID services. AT&T developed this feature for

    • 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

    • 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

    • POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)

      POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)

      POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service), also known as PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Service), refers to the dominant telephone service in most residential and small business environments. A telephone company controls POTS, which allows consumers to make and receive calls on one line at a time. POTS differs from PBX, T-1, T-3, ISDN, VOIP, and other

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