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The Telecom Digest for March 16, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 67 : "text" Format

Messages in this Issue:

Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance(John Mayson)
Re: Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance(John Levine)
Law changes to discourage 'sexting'(Lisa or Jeff)
Re: Annoyance Calls(Fred Atkinson)

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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 08:06:33 -0500
From: John Mayson <john@mayson.us>
To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org.
Subject: Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance 
Message-ID: <AANLkTi=KMnf-0ucGbBg=EigGn35yQ1zya4n38UT0n400@mail.gmail.com>

My son is visiting Germany for about 10 days during in summer 2012.
He has a unlocked GSM phone.  I would like to get him a German SIM
card with enough credit on it for him to have broadband access and to
be able to make calls and SMS while over there.  The fly in the
ointment is I don't know if he'll have time to set that up given he'll
be on school trip with limited free time.

Is it possible for buy one ahead of time allowing me to set it up for
him?  I have searched online but all I seem to find are absolute
ripoff plans.  He'd be better off with global roaming from AT&T.


John Mayson <john@mayson.us>
Austin, Texas, USA

Date: 16 Mar 2011 01:24:47 -0000 From: John Levine <johnl@iecc.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Buying prepaid SIM cards in advance Message-ID: <20110316012447.48929.qmail@joyce.lan> Telestial offers SIMs from e-plus and Vodafone that you can activate before going: http://www.telestial.com/sim_bridge.php?ID=DE Poking around the e-plus web site, it looks like there are some pretty cheap data add-ons. http://www.eplus.de/Kundenservice/Tarifoptionen/Tarifoptionen.asp My experience in Europe is that there are mobile phone stores about every two blocks from one end of the continent to the other, so he's probably better off finding an e-plus store when he gets there, telling them what he needs, and getting a SIM on the spot. Calls to the US are expensive, but there are some very cheap dialround services. R's, John
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:15:44 -0700 (PDT) From: Lisa or Jeff <hancock4@bbs.cpcn.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Law changes to discourage 'sexting' Message-ID: <6a76145f-c971-4108-add3-86cb30bafcca@n2g2000prj.googlegroups.com> >From the Newark Star-Ledger "a bill that would divert teenagers caught "sexting" (sending or receiving explicit photos on a computer or cell phone) into an educational program as an alternative to prosecution is one step closer to becoming law after the N.J. Assembly approved the measure 78-0 Monday." For full article please see: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/nj_lawmakers_approve_education.html
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 21:54:35 -0600 From: Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Annoyance Calls Message-ID: <20110314035541.8030.qmail@gal.iecc.com> At 01:01 PM 3/13/2011, you wrote: >On Mar 12, 2:03 pm, Mike Spencer <m...@bogus.nodomain.nowhere> wrote: > > > A quick google shows: > > Texas Fruit & Berry > > > Oh, wait, this place says TF&B is "CLOSED". > > Ah, well, appears that TF&B may have been sued out of existence and > > now some telemarketing droids are using the number. > >Sometimes in situations like this a business is closed but the space >and phones remain intact for a while until it is liquidated. >Depending on the landlord, that can take quite a while. (We've looked >at various commercial space and often the prior defunct tentant's >stuff was left behind. In a low-rent district, that could be for a >long time.) > >I'm just speculating here: Is it possible this business is closed but >it's phones remain in service? Perhaps their system is broken and >sending out false calls, but no one is around to fix it. It could >take a few months before the service is disconnected for non-payment >of bill. When I was working for MCI, one of our customer's lines showed no activity for an entire month. It was the office of a politician who was running for office. He had a good number of lines with people making calls for them. No one answered the phone when we called. So they sent a saleman over there and found the place completely abandoned. We disconnected the lines since we couldn't contact the customer and never heard anything more about it. Regards, Fred
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