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    • Loop

      Loop

      Loops are a pair of phone numbers, usually consecutive, like 836-9998 and 836-9999. They are used by the phone company for testing. What good do loops do us? Well, they are cool in a few ways. Here is a simple use of loops. Each loop has two ends, a 'high' end, and a 'low' end.

    • 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

    • InterLATA

      InterLATA

      An InterLATA or long distance call refers to a telephone call made between two separate LATAs. LATA (Local Access and Transport Area) is a term used to describe the area that a local telephone company manages. Markets, rather than geographical areas, define LATAs. Therefore, LATAs can cross over state borders and use multiple area codes.

    • How Do I Connect My Bluetooth to My Cell Phone?

      How Do I Connect My Bluetooth to My Cell Phone?

      Before any connection can be made between the Bluetooth and the cell phone, it is important that they both have a strong charge. Typically when these devices begin to run extremely low on battery, the signal they emit is not as strong and that can result in a failed attempt at configuring a Bluetooth to

    • How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      This is the “right hand” of both the professional and the amateur lineman. Basically, it is a customized portable telephone which is designed to be hooked onto raw cable terminals in the field and used to monitor the line, talk, or dial out. The monitor function is usually the main difference between the “butt-in” test

    • Telephone Network Interface Device

      Telephone Network Interface Device

      The telephone Network Interface Device (NID) is what connects your home telephone lines to the telephone company’s network. It is usually a small gray box located on the exterior of your home. It usually contains a modular phone plug that you can use for testing the line. They need both inside testing and outside testing.

    • How to Block Incoming Calls

      How to Block Incoming Calls

      Blocking incoming calls can sometimes be quite important for many reasons. Someone may be troubling you over the phone, harassing you, giving blank calls and you just want to avoid a specific person. A simple way to do this is to block an incoming call of a specific person. That is, whenever that person calls

    • 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

    • 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

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