30 Years of the Digest ... founded August 21, 1981

Add this Digest to your personal   or  

The Telecom Digest for July 23, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 179 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
AT&T Mobile Share (Monty Solomon)
Re: Challenge-Response (John David Galt)
Re: Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company (Dave Garland)

====== 30 years of TELECOM Digest -- Founded August 21, 1981 ======

Telecom and VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Digest for the Internet. All contents here are copyrighted by Bill Horne and the individual writers/correspondents. Articles may be used in other journals or newsgroups, provided the writer's name and the Digest are included in the fair use quote. By using any name or email address included herein for any reason other than responding to an article herein, you agree to pay a hundred dollars to that person, or email address owner.
Addresses herein are not to be added to any mailing list, nor to be sold or given away without the explicit written consent of the owner of that address. Chain letters, viruses, porn, spam, and miscellaneous junk are definitely unwelcome.

We must fight spam for the same reason we fight crime: not because we are naive enough to believe that we will ever stamp it out, but because we do not want the kind of world that results when no one stands against crime.  - Geoffrey Welsh

See the bottom of this issue for subscription and archive details and the name of our lawyer, and other stuff of interest.

Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:38:24 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: AT&T Mobile Share Message-ID: <p0624083acc2c4ed71b46@[]> AT&T Gives Customers More Choice with New Shared Wireless Data Plans New Mobile Share Plans Allow Customers to Easily Share Data Across Smartphones, Tablets and Other Devices. New and Current Customers Not Required To Choose or Switch to Shared Plans Dallas, Texas, July 18, 2012 AT&T* customers will soon have more options in choosing the plan that's right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, available in late August, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, plus get unlimited talk and text. AT&T Mobile Share plans make it easy for customers to manage their data, voice minutes and texting, without needing to keep track of multiple plans. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T's existing individual or family plans. Current customers are not required to switch to the new plans, but can choose to do so without a contract extension. There are no changes to AT&T's device upgrade policy, which means customers eligible to upgrade to AT&T's best device price are not required to switch plans. The new plans will also be available for business customers. ... http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23084&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=34855 AT&T Mobile Share http://att.com/mobileshare/
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 19:35:51 -0700 From: John David Galt <jdg@diogenes.sacramento.ca.us> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Challenge-Response Message-ID: <jud4id$s6p$1@blue-new.rahul.net> On 2012-07-20 08:42, Pete Cresswell wrote: > I have been ranting about challenge-response periodically for a > couple of years now. > > "Captcha" for phones, so-to-speak. > > Does anybody else think that's where phone service is headed > globally? I doubt it. The same thing has been tried with e-mail, and most senders, even legitimate ones, will blacklist the address from which the challenge comes rather than give the response, especially if it requires going to a web site. But in my view, there are much better strategies for filtering out unwanted calls which can only be done if the calls go through the recipient's computer -- and for that reason alone, VOIP will largely replace wired phones within a few years. Indeed, I'd already have ditched my POTS, except that the only phone company which has wired my housing complex is AT&T, and they won't sell broadband without a POTS phone line (an illegal "tying" practice that I wish regulators would compel them to stop, already).
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:27:06 -0500 From: Dave Garland <dave.garland@wizinfo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Robocalls on the upswing: FTC on the hunt for Rachel and company Message-ID: <judb37$4kk$1@dont-email.me> On 7/20/2012 10:27 AM, Pete Cresswell wrote: >> The FTC blames technology in the hands of people who disregard the >> law. Robocalls can be made by the millions and no one even has to >> pause to take a breath since the calls are computer-generated. > > The cynic in me has to wonder how long Rachel would last if those > calls were threatening the lives/safety of high-level > politicians. > > The answer that burbles up is "less than a week... maybe a lot > less...". > You bet. Millions of phone records shared with government yearly, and that's not even counting the NSA's monitoring of the 'net. Dammit, if we're going to have ubiquitous surveillance and detention without trial, why can't we at least reap a few benefits from it?
TELECOM Digest is an electronic journal devoted mostly to telecom- munications topics. It is circulated anywhere there is email, in addition to Usenet, where it appears as the moderated newsgroup 'comp.dcom.telecom'. TELECOM Digest is a not-for-profit, mostly non-commercial educational service offered to the Internet by Bill Horne. All the contents of the Digest are compilation-copyrighted. You may reprint articles in some other media on an occasional basis, but please attribute my work and that of the original author. The Telecom Digest is moderated by Bill Horne.
Contact information: Bill Horne
Telecom Digest
43 Deerfield Road
Sharon MA 02067-2301
bill at horne dot net
Subscribe: telecom-request@telecom-digest.org?body=subscribe telecom
Unsubscribe: telecom-request@telecom-digest.org?body=unsubscribe telecom
This Digest is the oldest continuing e-journal about telecomm-
unications on the Internet, having been founded in August, 1981 and
published continuously since then.  Our archives are available for
your review/research. We believe we are the oldest e-zine/mailing list
on the internet in any category!

URL information: http://telecom-digest.org

Copyright (C) 2012 TELECOM Digest. All rights reserved.
Our attorney is Bill Levant, of Blue Bell, PA.

Finally, the Digest is funded by gifts from generous readers such as yourself who provide funding in amounts deemed appropriate. Your help is important and appreciated. A suggested donation of fifty dollars per year per reader is considered appropriate. See our address above. Please make at least a single donation to cover the cost of processing your name to the mailing list. All opinions expressed herein are deemed to be those of the author. Any organizations listed are for identification purposes only and messages should not be considered any official expression by the organization.

End of The Telecom Digest (3 messages)

Return to Archives ** Older Issues