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The Telecom Digest for October 23, 2011
Volume 30 : Issue 269 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Mobile shock: customer floored by $200,000 bill (David Clayton)
Bye-bye unlimited 4G: Sprint institutes data usage caps (Monty Solomon)
Danish study finds no link between cell phones, cancer (Monty Solomon)
Why Apple added little-known C-Spire as a US iPhone carrier (Monty Solomon)
Re: Coming soon: Verizon Droid Razr ? (Joseph Singer)

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Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:15:37 +1100 From: David Clayton <dcstarbox-usenet@yahoo.com.au> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Mobile shock: customer floored by $200,000 bill Message-ID: <pan.2011.> Mobile shock: customer floored by $200,000 bill October 19, 2011 A higher than usual phone bill can leave anyone stunned. And when Celina Aarons got a jaw-dropper for more than $US200,000 ($195,417), it was no mistake. The US woman has a plan that usually costs her $US175 ($171) a month. She includes two of her brothers on it, who are deaf and mute, and use smartphones extensively for texting and communicating more easily. "He's a sweetheart, and he goes to college and I would do anything for him," she told WSVN television of her brother Shamir. The problem was that Shamir went to Canada on vacation, and did not turn off his data roaming. The bad news for big sister, who lives in Florida: a bill for $US201,005.44. "I was freaking out. I was shaking, crying, I couldn't even talk that much on the phone. I was like my life is over!" she told WSVN. She said she thought "it's never going to get paid... I can't pay that. That's like paying a nice house right now based on what houses are going for". Though T-Mobile did not have to reduce her bill, it wrote down her charges to $US2500. "The case of Ms Aarons was extraordinary, even if the amount was correct. T-Mobile cut her bill to $US2500 [$2442] and gave her six months to pay," a T-Mobile spokeswoman said. AFP http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/mobile-shock-customer-floored-by-200000-bill-20111019-1m6tm.html
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:21:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Bye-bye unlimited 4G: Sprint institutes data usage caps Message-ID: <p062408eccac7f4fd71d9@[]> Bye-bye unlimited 4G: Sprint institutes data usage caps By Casey Johnston Sprint has announced that none of its customers with tablets, USB connection cards, or mobile hotspots will have unlimited 4G access anymore. Instead, the 3G and 4G data use will be combined and capped, with extra charges for overages. The restriction does not currently extend to mobile phones that are not used for tethering, and goes into effect next month. Sprint has been beating its chest in ads about its unlimited data services, but that bragging point is quickly crumbling. Last month, a leaked document stated the company would start capping data via mobile phone hotspot at 5GB per month, with overage charges for both new and current customers. ... http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2011/10/bye-bye-unlimited-4g-sprint-institutes-data-usage-caps.ars
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:33:33 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Danish study finds no link between cell phones, cancer Message-ID: <p062408f1cac7f8022706@[]> "Massive 15-year study finds no link between cell phones, cancer" By John Timmer Despite numerous studies indicating that cell phones pose no health risk to their users, a few studies have been released that suggest prolonged use might contribute to brain cancer. For the World Health Organization, that was enough to declare the phones "possibly carcinogenic" and to call for further studies on the link. At least one of these studies was already in the works. Some specific features of how Denmark tracks its citizens have made that nation a convenient laboratory for long-term population studies. Now, one study has looked at almost the entire Danish adult population and found that having a cell phone doesn't seem to be associated with any additional risk of brain cancers. ... http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/10/massive-15-year-study-finds-no-link-between-cell-phones-cancer.ars ***** Moderator's Note ***** The web page include this warning: "The only significant weakness to the study is that the authors couldn't associate corporate accounts with individual users, so they weren't considered in the analysis. " ... which means that corporate users, whom I suspect are more likely to have higher exposures, may have been undercounted. Moreover, the study did not consider societal or cultural differences that might affect cancer patterns of Danes compared to users in other countries. In other words, while this is "nice" news for the Danish markets, it might or might not be the whole story for cellphone users in other places. We'll probably hear every cellphone salesdroid on Earth trumpeting this report from every cell tower, but I'll wait until the results have been picked over by the scientific communities in other places, and corroborated by other studies, before I throw out my wired set. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 00:32:43 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Why Apple added little-known C-Spire as a US iPhone carrier Message-ID: <p062408f0cac7f7d21bf0@[]> Why Apple added little-known C-Spire as a US iPhone carrier By Christina Bonnington, wired.com Apple will be expanding its iPhone 4S availability to another US carrier in the next few weeks. No, it's not T-Mobile, but rather C Spire Wireless, a small, regional carrier that's popular in Mississippi and pockets of the Southeast. It's hard to resist that Southern charm. ... http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/10/why-apple-added-little-known-c-spire-as-a-us-iphone-carrier.ars
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 10:27:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Coming soon: Verizon Droid Razr ? Message-ID: <1319304439.22452.YahooMailClassic@web161516.mail.bf1.yahoo.com> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 14:48:09 -0400 tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> wrote: <<For all who wistfully remember -- or even still use -- a Motorola RAZR, an intriguing announcement of an impending Android RAZR through Verizon:>> Car manufacturers have been doing this for years. ***** Moderator's Note ***** Do you mean to tell me that John Belushi and Jim Belushi aren't actually related? Bill Horne Moderator
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