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    • 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

    • iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

      iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

      An IDEN, or Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network, is a radio service provided by some mobile telephones that allows subscribers to talk to nearby subscribers who have similar phones without dialing their individual numbers. IDENs are often provided as a free service on modern mobile phones, such as Nextel, or as a premium service that can

    • LATA (Local Access and Transport Area)

      LATA (Local Access and Transport Area)

      A LATA (Local Access and Transport Area) is a geographical and administrative area that is the responsibility of an LEC (Local Exchange Carrier). It is an expression used in U.S. telecommunications law. LATA borders are outlined around markets, and not essentially along present state, province, or even area code borders. Several LATAs traverse over state

    • Telephone Tone Frequencies

      Telephone Tone Frequencies

      The Low Tone is a generic tone used with various interruption patterns for the specific tones listed below: Line Busy Tone Reorder Reverting Tone No Circuit Tone No Such Number Vacant Code Group Busy Tone Deposit Coin Tone Vacant Position Tone Dial Off-Normal Tone Trouble Tone Dial Jack Tone Dial Test Signal Class of Service

    • How Cell Phone Tracking Works

      How Cell Phone Tracking Works

      Before GPS started being deployed in the majority of mobile devices sold on the market, the only method available to track a cell phone was triangulating the cell phone’s position using one of several techniques available to law enforcement and other governmental agencies. Today, most cell phone tracking applications work by accessing the GPS location

    • 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

    • 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

    • How to Activate a TracFone

      How to Activate a TracFone

      TracFone is the 6th largest mobile network operator in the United States. It allows its customers to purchase airtime usage when they purchase phones that companies like Nokia, LG, and Motorola make. A TracFone customer has to activate the cell phone before using it. It can be activated via the TracFone website or TracFone customer

    • 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

    • Text Message Shortcuts

      Text Message Shortcuts

      Most people send text messages from the very small keypads on their mobile phones, and most people who receive text message messages read them on the tiny screens of their mobile phones. Because of those considerations, and because many service providers limit text messages 160 characters in length, most people who use text messages learn

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