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The Telecom Digest for October 3, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 205 : "text" Format
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Caller ID numbers that start with '1' (Alan Smithee, A.S.C.)
Re: Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians (Garrett Wollman)
Re: Any way around Verizon blocking Page Plus on Verizon prepaid phones? (Joseph Singer)

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Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:54:28 -0400 From: "Alan Smithee, A.S.C." <anonymous@telecom-digesr.org> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Caller ID numbers that start with '1' Message-ID: <201310022204001@telecom-digest.org> Lately, I've been having numbers show up on my cell phone's caller ID where the local exchange begins with 1. I thought 1, when it is used as the first digit in a phone number in the NANP denotes that the digits that follow are to be routed long distance. Has this changed?
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:10:56 +0000 (UTC) From: wollman@bimajority.org (Garrett Wollman) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Astros draw 0.0 Nielsen TV rating in Houston market during loss to Indians Message-ID: <l2g6cg$2l1s$1@grapevine.csail.mit.edu> In article <p06240820ce6f3d9e116b@[]>, Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> quoted some Sports Illustrated webicle which said: >According to the Houston Chronicle's David Barron, Sunday's game, >which started at noon Central Time (1 p.m. Eastern Time in Cleveland) >and was broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Houston, received a 0.00 >Nielsen rating - a sampling of a small percentage of the TV-watching >population. Sunday's rating came via 581 meters in the Greater >Houston area, around half of which were in use by viewers for any >15-minute period [...] And the margin of sampling error for n = 581 is...? (Not that I expect a sports reporter to even know what that means.) If I recall correctly, it should be somewhere around 4.5%. So what this really says is that there is a 95% probability that fewer than 4.5% of Houston-area television households were watching the game. But that's not nearly as exciting a claim. -GAWollman -- Garrett A. Wollman | What intellectual phenomenon can be older, or more oft wollman@bimajority.org| repeated, than the story of a large research program Opinions not shared by| that impaled itself upon a false central assumption my employers. | accepted by all practitioners? - S.J. Gould, 1993
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:36:50 -0700 (PDT) From: Joseph Singer <joeofseattle@yahoo.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Any way around Verizon blocking Page Plus on Verizon prepaid phones? Message-ID: <1380721010.83647.YahooMailNeo@web121403.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:03:23 -0700 (PDT) docsavage20@yahoo.com wrote: > A few years ago when I first started using a prepay cel phone you > could use Page Plus on any Verizon phone. > Apparently things have changed which I discovered when I went to get > a newer phone. Now you can't use a Verizon prepay phone with any > plan other than a Verizon plan. > Or can you? Is there any hack or workaround? It seems the only > alternatives are to pay the insane price for a contract phone > without getting a contract or finding an older used Verizon phone. Unfortunately CDMA operators (such as Verizon and Sprint) have ultimate say on which devices can be attached to their networks. Since CDMA handsets are activated by the MEID (formerly by ESN or electronic serial number) they can block any range of numbers on devices that they like. I'm guessing that the more recent devices' MEID's are somehow flagged so Verizon will not activate these devices even if the device was used previously on Verizon.
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