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    • 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

    • IS-95: CDMA

      IS-95: CDMA

      IS-95 is a standard for CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) Digital Cellular. Mobile Frequency Range Rx: 869-894; Tx: 824-849 Multiple Access Method CDMA/FDM Duplex Method FDD Number of Channels 20 (798 users per channel) Channel Spacing 1250kHz Modulation QPSK/OQPSK Channel Bit Rate 1.2288Mb How CDMA Works In a CDMA system, your encoded voice is digitized

    • 110 Block

      110 Block

      A 110 block is a punch-down block used to connect wiring for telephone systems, data network wiring, and other low-voltage wiring applications. It improves on the 66 block by supporting higher frequencies and using space more efficiently. A punch-down tool is used to force solid wire into metal slots on the 110 block. Present residences

    • 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

    • 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’)

    • 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

    • 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

    • How to Install Telephone Wires

      How to Install Telephone Wires

      Telephone wires are easy to work with and very safe due to the low voltages involved. The most complex part of installing telephone wires is complying with the defined standards. When installing additional telephone wires into an existing facility, it is usually best to determine which telephone wiring standard is currently in use and conform

    • Ringback

      Ringback

      A ringback number is a number that you call that will immediately ring the telephone from which it was called. In most instances you must call the ringback number, quickly hang up the phone for just a short moment and then let up on the switch, you will then go back off hook and hear

    • The History of Cell Phones

      The History of Cell Phones

      Cell phone technology¬† is based on radio technology that was developed from the 1940’s onward. For instance, the beginning of cell phones can be traced to the innovation in taxi cabs, police cars, and other service vehicles where two way radios allowed taxi drivers or police officers to communicate with one another or with a

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