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The Telecom Digest for Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Volume 35 : Issue 151 : "text" format

Table of contents
AT&T customers can now roam in... Persiadanny burstein
Re: Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone linesHAncock4
Re: Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone linesPete Cresswell
Samsung investigating third Note 7 that caught fireMonty Solomon
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <Pine.NEB.4.64.1610092234480.13838@panix1.panix.com> Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2016 22:35:10 -0400 From: danny burstein <dannyb@panix.com> Subject: AT&T customers can now roam in... Persia [NY Times] Sign of Thaw With Iran: American Cellphones Ringing in Tehran .... So it was something of a shock when, having fallen asleep after arriving at his sick grandmother's house in Tehran, the businessman, Faryar Ghazanfari, an intellectual-property lawyer [from San Francisco], heard a buzzing coming from the bag. ... Until recently, an American phone in Iran would not receive any signal. But that has quietly changed. This past week, a spokesman for AT&T acknowledged that the company was providing voice and data service in Iran to its customers with American phones... rest: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/world/middleeast/iran-cellphone-service-att.html _____________________________________________________ Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key dannyb@panix.com [to foil spammers, my address has been double rot-13 encoded] ------------------------------ Message-ID: <26c652a5-a6aa-445d-ba4a-c8cfb1ffd920@googlegroups.com> Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2016 12:41:16 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines On Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 10:33:48 AM UTC-4, Monty Solomon wrote: > Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines > > Verizon has told its field technicians in Pennsylvania that they can > be fired if they try to fix broken copper phone lines. Instead, > employees must try to replace copper lines with a device that connects > to Verizon Wireless's cell phone network. What about copper customers who also have DSL? What about the many customers who do not have FIOS in their community? In our area, we have an alternative of Comcast cable telephone and data services, but their service quality and support are significantly worse than Verizon. Also, their rates go up every year faster than inflation. > ***** Moderator's Note ***** > 2. Squeezing those oh-so-expensive and oh-so-ornery union workers out > on to the streets where they can learn to bow before their betters. It should be noted that in the last decade, union workers, especially CWA, have granted their employers many concessions in wages and benefits. Further, due to sub-contracting and new divisions, a high percentage of the workforce isn't even unionized. Today, extracting more concessions from unions will have little impact on the bottom line. However, union critics continue to throw out propaganda as if unions still had the power of the 1950s. They don't. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <4e2ivbpgvru98ldkmo9bf3ik6qcc566p5h@4ax.com> Date: Sat, 08 Oct 2016 11:02:28 -0400 From: Pete Cresswell <PeteCress@invalid.telecom-digest.org> Subject: Re: Verizon workers can now be fired if they fix copper phone lines Per Monty Solomon: >1. Forcing POTS users to accept the lower quality and reliability of > cellular connections, so as to deny potential cellular users any > standard of comparison by which to judge cellular. Can somebody comment on the 911 implications? Specifically, would that put the homeowner in the same position 911-wise as a cell phone user? i.e. more tables/lookups/possibility for error. How would it compare to a VOIP user? Same system - or something different? I've been ranting to myself about changing over to VOIP, but the sole fly in the ointment has been quality/reliability of 911 service. This might be the deal maker for me. -- Pete Cresswell ***** Moderator's Note ***** Yes, it's going to make it harder to get to 911, as the widespread outage that followed the Boston Marathon bombing makes clear. It will be just as bad as VoIP, vis-a-vis E911: if the network is borken, no 911 calls. It might be worse, since the Internet has more reserve capacity, but that would depend on time-of-day: have an emergency at 9:10 AM on a Monday? Good luck! Deal maker? Oh, Pete, I thought you were our friend! ;-) Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ Message-ID: <2E3CAB44-3A79-49EB-B54E-04829B22B713@roscom.com> Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:40:31 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> Subject: Samsung investigating third Note 7 that caught fire Samsung investigating third Note 7 that caught fire Samsung Electronics said Sunday it's investigating a Galaxy Note 7 that is reported to have caught fire in Kentucky, a third incident in less than a week involving its replacement phones. Michael Klering of Nicholasville, Ky., told WKYT that he woke up to a hissing sound in his bedroom Tuesday and found his replacement Note 7 on fire. He said he had owned the phone a little more than a week before it caught fire. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/10/09/samsung-investigating-third-note-7-fire-incident/91822726/ Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 burns Minn. teen SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung's smartphone troubles continue, with reports that a Minnesota teen was burned by the replacement for her original Galaxy Note 7. Abby Zuis, 13, of Farmington, Minn., told Minneapolis-St. Paul TV station KSTP that she felt a "weird, burning sensation" in her thumb while holding her Galaxy Note 7 Friday afternoon. The phone, which proceeded to smoke and burn, melted the protective cover. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/10/08/replacement-samsung-galaxy-note-7-burns-minn-teen/91807068/ ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Thu, 13 Oct 2016

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