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The Telecom Digest for June 20, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 111 : "text" Format
Messages in this Issue:
Fire Phone Immerses Users in Amazon's World (Monty Solomon)
Amazon Fire Phone's Missed Opportunities (Monty Solomon)
Re: Calling Old Numbers In Ads (Steven Lichter)

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Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:09:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Fire Phone Immerses Users in Amazon's World Message-ID: <p0624081bcfc820c0d5b9@[]> Fire Phone Immerses Users in Amazon's World By DAVID STREITFELD JUNE 18, 2014 SEATTLE - Amazon on Wednesday announced a device that tries to fulfill the retailer's dream of being integrated into consumers' lives at every possible waking moment - whether they are deciding where to eat, realizing they need more toilet paper or intrigued by a snatch of overheard music. The device is a cellphone, but making calls on it got almost no attention at all at the event in Seattle where it was unveiled. The Fire phone, the product of four years of research and development, offers Amazon fans the chance to live in an Amazon-themed world, where just about every element can be identified, listed, ranked, shared and, of course, ordered. It offered a view of a mobile future that will be alluring to some but might repel others. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/technology/amazon-introduces-fire-smartphone.html
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 01:07:44 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Amazon Fire Phone's Missed Opportunities Message-ID: <p0624081acfc8206dc233@[]> Amazon Fire Phone's Missed Opportunities JUNE 18, 2014 Farhad Manjoo SEATTLE - When Amazon invited the media and hundreds of its most loyal customers to witness the unveiling of a new device on Wednesday, everyone thought the company would introduce a smartphone made in the mold of its line of tablet computers: pretty good and really cheap. Everyone was wrong. Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon's new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer's intelligent warehouses. And it's not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon's Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone's uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The world needed a great, cheap smartphone. With its huge reach, obsessive dedication to customer service, and a willingness to forgo immediate profits, Amazon seems uniquely capable of delivering such a device. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/technology/personaltech/amazon-fire-phones-missed-opportunities.html
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:14:36 -0700 From: Steven Lichter <diespammers@ikillspammers.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Calling Old Numbers In Ads Message-ID: <lnv5ps$oi8$1@dont-email.me> On 6/18/14 2:20 AM, Koos van den Hout wrote: > Justin Goldberg<justgold79@gmail.com> wrote in<d4ce27e4-edf0-4ddb-9d70-8369da564737@googlegroups.com>: >> does anyone have any >> interesting stories of calling old phone numbers that are still working, that >> were featured in ads or other documents, especially pre-internet? (besides the >> ones that are now "chat lines", which probably comprises 95% of them). This is >> something that I do anytime I come across old numbers in the ads in Network >> World magazine on books.google.com, but unfortunately, I don't have any >> interesting stories to tell. > > I have considered calling some old BBS numbers triggered by this article by > Jason Scott: > http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/1835 > > > The old number for my BBS was re-allocated to a friend of a friend and I > heard via that link a few years later that the new owners of that number > did get weird silent calls sometimes. > > Koos van den Hout > The same with my old BBS number, the board has been down for years, but I still have the line, in the middle of the night it will ring. -- The only good spammer is a dead one!! Have you hunted one down today? (c) 2013 I Kill Spammers, Inc. A Rot in Hell Co.
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