The Telecom Digest for June 02, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 149 : "text" Format
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Re: Prepaid cell phones under fire... (David Clayton)
Centurylink DSL speed upgrade rate supposed to be "forever" - but.... (Doc)
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Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2010 17:20:04 +1000
From: David Clayton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Prepaid cell phones under fire...
On Mon, 31 May 2010 10:39:18 -0700, Joseph Singer wrote:
> Mon, 31 May 2010 08:40:10 +1000 David Clayton <email@example.com>
> <<Nahh, just stock up now - or wait for later and buy one from those who
> will have a large stock of anonymous phones for all sorts of people with
> the need.>>
> Unfortunately, the way prepaid mobile works in the US at least is that GSM
> operators (principally AT&T and T-Mobile) don't activate prepaid phones
> when you buy them. They have to be activated and are not sold already
> activated. This is true for non-GSM i.e. CDMA operators and their MVNO's
> as well. It would do you no good to stock up on prepaid phones or SIMS
> since they'd need to be activated and to activate them you'd be under the
> restriction that you had to provide identification in order to use one on
> a network.
Then get a pile of SIMS activated now, get that "John Doe" guy must make a
lot of phone calls given the number of pre-paid accounts he has....
The point is that there will be ways anyone determined to use these things
for nefarious purposes can use to get around the restrictions, and like
so many "good intention" laws it will probably only mildly inconvenience
the very people it is supposed to affect.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 18:19:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doc <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Centurylink DSL speed upgrade rate supposed to be "forever" - but....
I'm currently on Centurylink DSL, the bargain-basement 19.95/mo
(768kbs) plan originally with Embarq and they were bought by
Centurylink. The deal was the rate is supposed to be good forever as
long as you keep the plan.
They had a double your speed for $5 more offer which I didn't go for
at the time but checking with Centurylink they have the same deal.
Again, supposed to be good as long as you don't change your plan or
The thing is, when I asked where I can see this in writing, I was
advised by the rep that it's not available in writing. Hmmm.....
Granted it's not major bucks we're talking about but obviously not
exactly the classic notion of a smart move when entering a contract.
Anyone have long term experience with Centurylink as far as them being
good on their word? My basic default position is to not trust giant
faceless corporations as far as I can throw them. The service has been
generally problem free other than occasional outages and once finding
a "mystery" phone number that I've never heard of or called on my bill
which they credited me for without too much hassle. However,
introducing a change seems to be where problems can occur.
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