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The Telecom Digest for September 1, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 209 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Re: SIMM Interchangeability? (SMS)
Re: SIMM Interchangeability? (tlvp)
Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing (Monty Solomon)
I've Got That Syncing Feeling (Monty Solomon)
Verizon to credit Merrimack Valley customers who lost service (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 07:00:06 -0700 From: SMS <scharf.steven@geemail.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: SIMM Interchangeability? Message-ID: <5040c368$0$65481$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net> On 8/28/2012 8:43 PM, Boris wrote: > I currently use a Samsung SGH-747 cell phone on the ATT network. It has a > 3G SIM card. > > If I get a Samsung Galaxy S3, will the Galaxy's 4G (LTE) SIMM card work in > the SGH-747, if I need to use the older phone sometime as a backup? You will need a MicroSIM to full size SIM adapter, but then it should work. See http://www.dealextreme.com/p/micro-sim-card-to-standard-sim-card-adapter-black-132296?item=18 . I suspect that such a thing is also available at many independent cell phone dealers. Whether all the contacts you may have saved will be readable by both phones is the question. You might want to first back-up all your contacts on Google contacts in case the phone tries to sync up a bunch of garbage due to a different format for contact storage on one phone versus another. With older SIM cards you could clone them so you could have multiple phones with the same SIM card, but of course only one phone could be turned on at a time. With newer cards, cloning is not possible. Cloning a SIM card wasn't illegal, using two phones on the same account at the same time to get service for two phones is what was against the EULA. Some carriers in some countries would provide multiple cards because switching SIM cards all the time when you have two phones was a pain.
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 02:03:30 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: SIMM Interchangeability? Message-ID: <17s691raxwxgw.1mxzzntg8se5v$.dlg@40tude.net> On Wed, 29 Aug 2012 20:50:35 +0000 (UTC), Koos van den Hout wrote: > Boris <nospam@nospam.invalid> wrote in <XnsA0BDD2DBB167nospamnospaminvalid@>: >> I currently use a Samsung SGH-747 cell phone on the ATT network. It has a >> 3G SIM card. >> >> If I get a Samsung Galaxy S3, will the Galaxy's 4G (LTE) SIMM card work in >> the SGH-747, if I need to use the older phone sometime as a backup? > > No: the Galaxy S3 has a micro-SIM (the format Apple made famous), the > Samsung SGH-747 has a normal mini-SIM card[1]. You will need a micro-SIM from > ATT and linking the micro-sim to your account will deactivate the mini-SIM. > > [1] found via the manual at > > http://images.comparecellular.com/phones/717/samsung-e747-user-guide.pdf > > > Koos van den Hout Well, another solution is to use a micro-SIM cutter to chomp a working micro-SIM core out of your full-size SIM ... or a SIM-sized micro-SIM carrier to expand your micro-SIM to standard SIM size. Google the string [micro SIM cutter] for suggestions -- one such solution (either way) is at: http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SIM-Cutter-Converter-adapters/dp/B003UEWF8I . HTH. Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:46:27 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing Message-ID: <p06240849cc62a62f55d1@[]> Active in Cloud, Amazon Reshapes Computing By QUENTIN HARDY August 27, 2012 SEATTLE - Within a few years, Amazon.com's creative destruction of both traditional book publishing and retailing may be footnotes to the company's larger and more secretive goal: giving anyone on the planet access to an almost unimaginable amount of computing power. Every day, a start-up called the Climate Corporation performs over 10,000 simulations of the next two years' weather for more than one million locations in the United States. It then combines that with data on root structure and soil porosity to write crop insurance for thousands of farmers. Another start-up, called Cue, scans up to 500 million e-mails, Facebook updates and corporate documents to create a service that can outline the biography of a given person you meet, warn you to be home to receive a package or text a lunch guest that you are running late. Each of these start-ups carries out computing tasks that a decade ago would have been impossible without a major investment in computers. Both of these companies, however, own little besides a few desktop computers. They and thousands of other companies now rent data storage and computer server time from Amazon, through its Amazon Web Services division, for what they say is a fraction of the cost of owning and running their own computers. "I have 10 engineers, but without A.W.S. I guarantee I'd need 60," said Daniel Gross, Cue's 20-year-old co-founder. "It just gets cheaper, and cheaper, and cheaper." He figures Cue spends something under $100,000 a month with Amazon but would spend "probably $2 million to do it ourselves, without the speed and flexibility." He conceded that "I don't even know what the ballpark number for a server is - for me, it would be like knowing what the price of a sword is." Cloud computing has been around for years, but it is now powering all kinds of new businesses around the globe, quickly and with less capital. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/technology/active-in-cloud-amazon-reshapes-computing.html
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:02:15 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: I've Got That Syncing Feeling Message-ID: <p0624084bcc62a9c82d9c@[]> I've Got That Syncing Feeling Your devices are eager to make all your content line up nicely. Sometimes the results are not so nice. By CRAIG FORMAN August 26, 2012 The trouble started when I innocently downloaded a free IKEA catalog app to my iPad. The trouble nearly ended with a $1,200 charge from AT&T. I was traveling in Europe for a short family trip. Before leaving the U.S., I downloaded the image-heavy catalog using a standard broadband connection. Aware of the costs of digital Internet access while abroad, my wife, son and I thought we had taken all the correct precautions. Were location-based services off? Check. Notifications off? Check. All three iPhones switched to Wi-Fi only? Check, check and check. So the midnight email from AT&T came as a surprise: "Unusually high volumes of data. 750 megabytes downloaded. Please check your phone." I checked my phone-but all potential digital gotchas had been put to rest. We were jet lagged and exhausted. Surely a couple hours' sleep couldn't put us in digital harm's way? But in these modern days of anytime, anywhere, cloud-based synchronization, those few hours of shut-eye were plenty costly. I awoke to a buzzing of my phone, an SMS and an email from AT&T: The data download had nearly doubled while I was sleeping. My account was in imminent danger of being shut off unless I called them. ... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443324404577594873646163262.html
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:35:29 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Verizon to credit Merrimack Valley customers who lost service Message-ID: <p0624084fcc67166e72a8@[]> Verizon to credit Merrimack Valley customers who lost service Aug 31, 2012 LAWRENCE, Mass. - Admitting there were some issues with customer service over the last four days, Verizon says it will credit 8,000 customers who lost phone, Internet and cable for the time they went without service because of Monday's fire under Lawrence's Central Bridge. Verizon officials said about 1,000 customers remained without service Thursday. Those affected are connected to Verizon through copper wires that melted under the intense heat of the fire. Verizon must get into each of those homes to get service restored. They said they are going door to door in areas of North Andover and South Lawrence, the area hardest hit by the outage. They also said the numbers of those affected could climb for two reasons: Some have yet to report their service disruption and the possibility of lines that still may fail because of unseen damage. ... http://www.wcvb.com/news/local/boston-north/Verizon-to-credit-Merrimack-Valley-customers-who-lost-service/-/11984708/16437676/-/i96rkrz/-/index.html
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