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    • 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

    • TIMSI

      TIMSI

      A TIMSI, or Temporary International Mobile Subscriber Identity, number is a random number that is created from a telecommunications subscriber’s IMSI number in order to provide additional security. While an IMSI is unique to each subscriber and is a permanent number that can be used to track a subscriber or interfere with his/her services, a

    • 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

    • 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

    • What is SMS (Short Message Service)?

      What is SMS (Short Message Service)?

      SMS, or Short Messaging Service, is a text-based messaging service that is used by over 2.4 billion mobile phone users worldwide. SMS allows users to send and receive text-based messages, pictures, videos, and audio clips from other mobile phone users and desktop computer users who have applications that can interact with mobile phones. SMS differs

    • What is MiFi?

      What is MiFi?

      MiFi stands for “My Wi-Fi” or “Mobile Wi-Fi”, and represents a line of relatively small wireless routers developed by Novatel Wireless, which turn a mobile broadband internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot. These hotspots support up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices within a range of 10 meters. This means that any Wi-Fi enabled device, from

    • IS-54 and IS-136: TDMA

      IS-54 and IS-136: TDMA

      IS-54 and IS-136 are standards for TDMA American Digital Cellular. Mobile Frequency Range Rx: 869-894; Tx: 824-849 Multiple Access Method TDMA/FDM Duplex Method FDD Number of Channels 832 (3 users per channel) Channel Spacing 30Khz Modulation DQPSK Channel Bit Rate 48.6Kb IS-54 and IS-136: TDMA Security IS-54 and IS-136 use the CAVE (Cellular Authentication, Voice

    • PBX (Private Branch eXchange)

      PBX (Private Branch eXchange)

      A PBX (Private Branch Exchange) is a small telephone switch that a company or organization owns. These organizations purchase PBXs to reduce the total number of telephone lines they need to lease from the telephone company. Without a PBX, a company has to lease one telephone line for every employee with a telephone. With a

    • 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

    • 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

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