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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 16 May 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 116 : "text" format

Table of contents
NOTICE TO DISREGARD – Verizon CommunicationsBill Horne
Verizon Aims to Be Much More Than a Phone CompanyBill Horne
Will Verizon Spoil Plans For A CBS-Viacom Merger?Bill Horne
Hey, Verizon Customers: 4 Ways To Cut Your Wireless Bill By 60% To 75%!Bill Horne
Re: Residential Follow/Find Me Services [Telecom]Fred Atkinson
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <20180515155817.GA19455@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 11:58:17 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: NOTICE TO DISREGARD -- Verizon Communications HONOLULU, May 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- We are advised by Verizon Communications that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, "Verizon customers can donate to support Hawaii disaster relief efforts with text-to-donate campaign" issued May 12, 2018, over GlobeNewswire. https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/05/12/1501318/0/en/NOTICE-TO-DISREGARD-Verizon-Communications.html -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180515155255.GA19429@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 11:52:55 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Verizon Aims to Be Much More Than a Phone Company Wireless is still in the driver seat, but other ventures are making money, too. By Nicholas Rossolillo Investors (rightly) think of Verizon Communications as a phone company. When subscriber numbers are strong -- like they were in the first quarter of 2018 -- the stock pops. It makes sense -- roughly 90% of the company's top line comes from its wireless and wireline businesses. While that big chunk of the company will remain the focus for some time, Verizon has other irons in the fire that could really pay off long term. https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/05/10/verizon-aims-to-be-much-more-than-a-phone-company.aspx -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180515153044.GA19358@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 11:30:44 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Will Verizon Spoil Plans For A CBS-Viacom Merger? by Jonathan Berr Well, add Verizon to the many plot twists in the on-again-off-again merger drama involving CBS, Viacom, and the Redstone family which controls both companies through the movie theater chain National Amusements. According to Reuters and other news sites, the largest U.S. wireless carrier has expressed an interest in buying CBS though it isn't clear how far the buyout discussions progressed. Deadline.com says the "high-level" talks occurred about a year ago, adding that Shari Redstone indicated that she could see "greater value" in a deal for both CBS and Viacom, which cooled Verizon's "urge to merge." I would suspect that the government's lawsuit to block the AT&T-Time Warner deal may have played a role in Verizon's decision to "slow its roll" as well. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonathanberr/2018/05/15/will-verizon-spoil-plans-for-a-cbs-viacom-merger/#3fd81fde5507 -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180515154824.GA19411@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 11:48:24 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> Subject: Hey, Verizon Customers: 4 Ways To Cut Your Wireless Bill By 60% To 75%! You can save up to 60% or 75% on your monthly cell phone bill while still enjoying the same service from your current cell phone provider! Here's how! The Big 4 have secret discount brands AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have long had secret sub-brands for price-sensitive customers. AT&T has Cricket Wireless, Sprint has Boost Mobile and T-Mobile has GoSmartMobile. Price points generally start around $25 to $35 a month for the same towers and the same service you could pay a lot more for. https://www.wsbradio.com/business/personal-finance/hey-verizon-customers-ways-cut-your-wireless-bill/gIvFks3zF6fHA7w1nBPF6O/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ Message-ID: <3C8D585A-3F5F-4390-BE3E-F0F5480DC4F9@mishmash.com> Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 14:42:44 -0700 From: Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.com> Subject: Re: Residential Follow/Find Me Services [Telecom] Folks, I thank all of you for the good suggestions on resolving this issue. I went with John Levine's suggestion (Callcentric). It seems to be working fine for me. I still have a couple of issues to resolve with it. One was getting my local number ported over. I have a VOIP phone on Magic Jack. I am trying to port that number to Callcentric since it is the one that most people dial to reach me. Magic Jack bills annually for renewal. And Callcentric [like most phone service providers] requires an invoice from the provider from which the number is being ported. However, it appears that Magic Jack purges their invoices out of their billing system after a center amount of time [and I last renewed over summer of last year]. I haven't seen the renewal invoice for this year and I don't know how soon I will receive it. The invoice must include my account number, the number to be ported, and my service address. All Magic Jack has been able to give me is a receipt for payment. I am going to get a new local number to replace the number on the Magic Jack phone after I port the old one. I corresponded with Callcentric. They told me to take screenshots of the required information in my Magic Jack profile and attach them to the porting request. They also requested that I provide them with the password to my Magic Jack profile so they could further confirm that the number is mine to port. So I did both. I changed it to a temporary password, of course. It only took them a couple of hours to confirm it. They have already noted on the case that the scheduled porting date is 5/22 (one week from today). Porting issue resolved. The remainder will just be cosmetic tweaking here and there. Regards, Fred ***** Moderator's Note ***** Are there any non-portable number blocks left? Bill Horne Moderator ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Wed, 16 May 2018

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