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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 26 May 2021
Volume 40 : Issue 146 : "text" format

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Verizon is down in major markets like New York City, Miami and Charlotte
Re: Cell phone bills too high? Here are some that start at just $10 a month
A New Name and Rebranding Likely Won't Help CenturyLink

Message-ID: <20210525174747.BB62B73B@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 25 May 2021 17:47:47 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Verizon is down in major markets like New York City, Miami and Charlotte By Alan Friedman May 24, 2021, 5:56 PM The nations' largest carrier, Verizon, has suffered an outage on Monday morning. Verizon customers and others trying to make a phone call to one of the wireless providers' subscribers have been unable to connect to the number dialed. Instead, the caller has been getting a message saying that Verizon can not complete the call at this time. The issue put Verizon at the top of DownDetector's listing of companies suffering with their own outages. UPDATE:This afternoon, Verizon fixed the issues that had it down in major markets since early this morning. The number of complaints submitted to DownDetector peaked at 12:04pm EDT and has been trending lower since. https://www.phonearena.com/news/verizon-suffers-outage-to-begin-the-workweek_id132313
Message-ID: <s8gsdi$1lgt$1@gal.iecc.com> Date: 24 May 2021 18:48:18 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Subject: Re: Cell phone bills too high? Here are some that start at just $10 a month According to Bill Horne <malQassRimiMlation@gmail.com>: > John Levine wrote: >> Tracfone offers unlimited talk+text and 1GB for $20/mo on any of >> AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mo. You can bring your own phone or they will >> sell you anything from a really basic smartphone for $20 to an >> iPhone 11 for $600. No contracts, it's all prepaid month to month. > Ergo, the problem: MVNO's get their connectivity from the cheapest > cell network provider they can find, and therefore I need to know > which "incumbent" network provider any MVNO I might choose is using > for its "physical layer," *AND* if my VoIP adapter, which is only > useful for Verizon's network, will allow them to connect. Oh, then you definitely want Tracfone. Their SIM kit, which you can buy on eBay for $1, has three SIMs, one each for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Activate your phone on one, if you don't like it you can switch to another and keep your phone number and prepaid credit. You might also look at Net10, same company, also provides three SIMs, better pricing if you use more data. You do need and unlocked phone but they're not hard to find. I buy used ones on swappa.com. You are right that most MVNOs use the cheapest network which these days means T-Mo, whose coverage outside of cities is not great. Tracfone SIM kit here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/283230124002?epid=27032161122 Regards, John Levine, johnl@taugh.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. https://jl.ly
Message-ID: <20210524145713.2F3E0799@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Mon, 24 May 2021 14:57:12 +0000 (UTC) From: Moderator <telecomdigestsubmissions@remove-this.telecom-digest.org> Subject: A New Name and Rebranding Likely Won't Help CenturyLink By Jon C. Ogg CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been one of the more controversial communications stocks over time because of its super-high dividend yield. CenturyLink comes with better than a 9% current dividend yield, and some investors have wondered just how sustainable that $1.00 per share payout will be in hard times. Now CenturyLink is trying a new twist for itself with a name change and rebranding to Lumen Technologies. https://247wallst.com/telecom-wireless/2020/09/15/a-new-name-and-rebranding-likely-wont-help-centurylink/ ***** Moderator's Note ***** This is from last year, but it's still a valid question, especially to those whom are responsible for the public interest, convenience, and necessity. Bill Horne Moderator

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