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The Telecom Digest for September 11, 2012
Volume 31 : Issue 214 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Are Unlimited Data Plans Dead? T-Mobile USA Says No (Monty Solomon)
Re: Problem using modem with phone on T junction (unknown)
Frankston: The Signal Has Left The Network (Monty Solomon)
Smartphone? Presto! 2-Way Radio (Monty Solomon)
Re: Any Non-free SMS Gateways for e-mail to SMS on Wireless Carriers (Bill Horne)

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Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 10:16:23 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Are Unlimited Data Plans Dead? T-Mobile USA Says No Message-ID: <p06240836cc6fb217517b@[]> Are Unlimited Data Plans Dead? T-Mobile USA Says No By BRIAN X. CHEN AUGUST 22, 2012 Just when cellphone customers were beginning to think "all you can eat" data plans were a relic of the past, T-Mobile USA on Wednesday said that next month it will begin offering a plan that does not put any limits on the use of data for things like browsing the Web, watching videos or streaming music. The company says that the new plan will be "truly unlimited," meaning there will be no curbs on data transfer speeds, or surprise fees added to a bill. The plan will be a new option on top of T-Mobile's existing data packages. Its older "unlimited" data plans, which are still being offered, allow customers to consume only a certain amount of bytes before the connection speed is slowed. Beginning Sept. 5, the new plan will be available for $30 a month for customers who bought phones subsidized by T-Mobile, or $20 a month for customers who bought phones unsubsidized or from elsewhere. ... http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/t-mobile-usa-unlimited-data/
Date: 08 Sep 2012 17:39:08 -0300 From: Mike Spencer <mds@bogus.nodomain.nowhere> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Problem using modem with phone on T junction Message-ID: <87zk50ntar.fsf@nudel.nodomain.nowhere> Angus <anguscomber@gmail.com> writes: > I have a normal analog phone and a modem going into a telephone T > junction and then into master socket to exchange. The reason for > this is I have problem collecting the Caller ID from the serial port > of the modem. The modem is not used for anything else. to answer > the call I use the ordinary phone. > > Now the problem I have is that if I drop the call on my local phone > the other end doesn't seem to get a disconnection indication? Their > end just stays 'line' indefinitely. If they have eg digital > handsfree telephones and don't drop their end they seem to stay > 'live'. > > I tried a few things. I used ATH on the modem to drop the call - > but this makes no difference. Possibly defective modem? I have a USR external modem (retired to the "emergency backup" drawer) that works fine, shuts down a PPP connection on ATH but fails to actually go on-hook. Picking up the phone after a modem session has apparently terminated finds the connection to the remote site still up. Only manually powering down the modem or unplugging the cable drops the connection. Clever or arcane Hayes commands were no help. I assumed lightening damage at the time I discovered and retired it. But who knows? -- Mike Spencer Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 23:53:38 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Frankston: The Signal Has Left The Network Message-ID: <p06240815cc706ff01972@[]> "The Signal Has Left The Network" Bob Frankston September 6, 2012 As I explain in this talk, the Internet is about radical simplicity. If we set our minds to it we can do amazing things. Yet everyday tasks are difficult because we have to negotiate with a service provider. http://frankston.com/public/?n=SignalHasLeft http://www.youtube.com/embed/0X0cy68weQs
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 09:25:46 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Smartphone? Presto! 2-Way Radio Message-ID: <p0624081fcc6f53001385@[]> Smartphone? Presto! 2-Way Radio By DAVID POGUE September 5, 2012 Cave drawings, smoke signals, letters, Pony Express, telegrams, phone calls, text messages. From the dawn of civilization, man has experimented with different modes of communication, each with pros and cons. Smoke signals, for example, contribute to far fewer car accidents than text messages. Text messages, on the other hand, leave much less soot. You might think that we've exhausted every variation on electronic communication - text, audio, video - but you'd be wrong. A new one is quietly winning over millions of gadget fans. They're free apps with names like Voxer, HeyTell and Zello, and they really do mess with the rules of the game. Nobody's settled on a good name for this communications category. But if we call them voice-texting apps, or walkie-talkie apps, you'll get the idea. They work on iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, Android phones and Windows phones. You open the app, tap someone's name, hold down the big Talk button and speak. A second after you start talking - yes, even before you're finished - your voice bursts to life, extremely clearly, on your friend's phone, wherever it may be in the world. Your buddy can respond to you by pressing his own Talk button, and the conversation is under way. Now, before you roll your eyes - "These youngsters today! Why do they need so many different ways to talk!?" - consider all the ways these apps improve on existing modes of chat. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/06/technology/personaltech/zello-heytell-and-voxer-make-your-smartphone-a-walkie-talkie-david-pogue.html
Date: Sat, 08 Sep 2012 01:14:15 -0600 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Any Non-free SMS Gateways for e-mail to SMS on Wireless Carriers Message-ID: <k2er88$7ms$1@dont-email.me> On 9/4/2012 12:39 AM, Javier wrote: > You can use bulksms.com Their email gateway is easy to use. When you > forward the message you need to add a password wiht the subject. What does it cost? -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
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