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    • ESN (Electronic Serial Number)

      ESN (Electronic Serial Number)

      ESN (Electronic Serial Number) An Electronic Serial Number is a code created to identify mobile devices. An ESN is 32 bits long, and the distribution of information in those bits has changed as the standard has evolved. The first 8 bits originally represented the manufacturer code, leaving 24 bits for the manufacturer to assign codes

    • 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

    • 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

    • Cell Phone Interceptors

      Cell Phone Interceptors

      Millions of people use monitoring systems and devices for several purposes. Monitoring systems and devices have been around for quite some time and are designed to increase the level of security and protection in facilities. Among the technologies that the cell phone industry created, the cell phone interceptor is what experts consider one of the

    • MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      MTSO: Mobile Telephone Switching Office

      The Mobile Telephone Switching Office, or MTSO, is a system that automatically keeps track of a cell phone user’s relative signal by monitoring readings from cell phone towers near the user. MTSO systems also automatically switch a cell phone’s service from one cell phone tower to another depending on which tower will provide the user

    • How to Unlock a Phone

      How to Unlock a Phone

      Many cell phone users remain confused on what it means to unlock a phone. Most commonly, this term is used to describe the process of removing restrictions placed on using a GSM cell phone by the manufacturer. These restrictions are intended to prevent the mobile phone from being used on competing cell phone carriers or

    • CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)

      CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)

      Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) is a channel transmission standard that allows several transmitters to send information simultaneously over a single communication channel. This ensures that the available bandwidth is used in an optimized manner. It is a form of multiplexing and is used for wireless communication. Radio communication makes use of two resources: frequency

    • 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

    • 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

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