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    • 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

    • How to Dry Out a Cell Phone

      How to Dry Out a Cell Phone

      When dealing with a wet phone, it is important to act quickly. Few phone companies offer a warranty on wet phones and have gone as far as to place a "wet strip" on the phone that changes colors when it has gotten wet. What this means is that the wet strip will allow the company

    • 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

    • 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

    • Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring

      Tip and Ring are telephony slang for the two wires which make up the electrical circuit used for telephone wiring. Tip is the nickname for the electrically positive wire and Ring is the nickname for the electrically negative wire. Tip is the ground side, which is positively charged, and Ring is the battery side, which

    • IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity)

      IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity)

      IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber identity) is the information that is used for identification of a mobile phone end-user on a network  and is uniquely associated with a given cell phone The IMSI code is stored as a 64 bit number or field, and is sent by the mobile phone to the cellular network. The code

    • CLLI Codes

      CLLI Codes

      CLLI codes, or Common Language Location Identifier, pronounced “silly codes”, are codes used by telecommunication companies to identify specific industry equipment. CLLI codes are 11 characters long, may be comprised of a combination of letters and numbers, and are used by all telecommunication companies in North America. While CLLI codes were first created and used

    • 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

    • Mobile Software

      Mobile Software

      Mobile software refers to software that can be stored and executed on a mobile device such as a cell phone, PDA, smart phone, or similar device. Mobile software can range in its capabilities as some simply change the virtual appearance of the device while others provide important features such as menu layouts and password protection.

    • Pay as You Go Cell Phones

      Pay as You Go Cell Phones

      Sometimes called pre paid or prepay cell phone plans, Pay as You Go Cell Phones are usually used in specific types of mobile phone calling plans. Unlike standard mobile phone calling plans that charge a set monthly fee for a specific amount of calls, pay as you go cell phone calling plans only require the

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