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The Telecom Digest for July 31, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 190 : "text" Format
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AT&T to slow speeds for top 5% of unlimited data plan users(Monty Solomon)
Wider-range cordless phones?(AES)

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Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 21:05:40 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T to slow speeds for top 5% of unlimited data plan users Message-ID: <p06240805ca590011fa8e@[]> AT&T to slow speeds for top 5% of unlimited data plan users July 29, 201 In yet another sign that true unlimited data plans for cellphones are heading toward extinction, AT&T said Friday that it will begin throttling data speeds for its top 5% of data consumers as of Oct. 1. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/07/att-unlimited-data.html AT&T: 'Eat too much data and we'll strangle you' Top 5% of heavy downloaders will be throttled By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco 29 July 2011 If you're a heavy downloader with an unlimited AT&T wireless data plan, you have two more months of full-speed all-you-can-eat before your service may be throttled. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/07/29/att_throttling_plan/ AT&T to Throttle Big Users of Unlimited Data By Stephen Lawson, IDG News July 29, 2011 AT&T announced service throttling for the heaviest users of its unlimited mobile data plans on Friday, saying the only way to truly solve its bandwidth crunch is for regulators to approve its merger with T-Mobile USA. http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/236979/atandt_to_throttle_big_users_of_unlimited_data.html An Update for Our Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans AT&T July 29, 2011 http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=20535&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=32318&mapcode=corporate
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 11:28:42 -0700 From: AES <siegman@stanford.edu> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Wider-range cordless phones? Message-ID: <siegman-36CFF5.11284230072011@sciid-srv02.med.tufts.edu> My spouse and I are just realizing that rather than attempting to clean up the incredible rat's nest of ancient telephone wiring that runs all through our elderly and sprawling house, we might just install (or leave in place) a single solid line to a convenient central point; put a heavy duty cordless phone base station there; and stick a lot of cordless phones in charger bases all around the house. Can anyone suggest any particularly good extended-coverage cordless phone models for this purpose? Single line models are all we really need, though a dual or even quad-line model could be of some use. Models where you can exert a fair amount of control over the base station from the cordless handset keyboards would be handy. [I can and will do my own Googling on this; but any helpful pointers are still appreciated.] ***** Moderator's Note ***** 1. If you have WiFi Internet, do NOT buy a phone that shares the same band. If you have 802.11B, G, or N, you'll need a cordless phone that uses either 900 MHz or 5.8 GHz. If your WiFi is 802.11A, which is very rare, then you must use 900 MHz or 2.6 GHz. 2. Remeber that cordless phone are radio transceivers first and telephones second. You'll have dead spots, fading, "picket fencing", and other problems that come with talking on a radio. They're also insecure, so remeber that anyone who wants to can listen in. 3. I recommend Panasonic: I've never been disappointed with them, and they're durable and reliable. Avoid Emerson: they're cheap and fragile. Bill Horne Moderator
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