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    • 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

    • 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

    • RBOC (Regional Bell Operating Company)

      RBOC (Regional Bell Operating Company)

      RBOC (The Regional Bell Operating Companies) were created as the result of a legal dispute between the US Justice Department and the AT & T Corporation. In 1984, the American Telephone & Telegraph Company split its local operations into 7 autonomous RBOCs that became known as “Baby Bells”. In the beginning, these companies were called

    • 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

    • 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

    • Red Box

      Red Box

      When a coin is inserted into a payphone, the payphone emits a set of tones to ACTS (Automated Coin Toll System). Red boxes work by fooling ACTS into believing you have actually put money into the phone. The red box simply plays the ACTS tones into the telephone microphone. ACTS hears those tones, and allows

    • 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

    • Cordless Phone Frequencies

      Cordless Phone Frequencies

      Cordless phones, also known as cordless telephones or portable telephones, are a smarter replacement for the regular telephones. Cordless phones make use of wireless radio waves to connect to their base station equipments, unlike the wired cord of a regular telephone. Because cordless handsets use radio linking with their base stations, they operate within specific

    • Loop Start

      Loop Start

      Loop start is a a signaling technique in which a party gets a dial tone by closing (shorting) a DC current loop. In a loop start signaling system, the electrical loop between your telephone and your central office (CO) is normally open. When you pick up the telephone handset, it causes a circuit to be

    • How Do Prepaid Phone Cards Work?

      How Do Prepaid Phone Cards Work?

      As more and more people switch to cell phones for communication, many people are opting to use prepaid phone cards rather than signing up for a contract with a service provider. Prepaid phone cards allow users to purchase temporary plans ahead of time and use their minutes from wherever they are without having to worry

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