Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 12:07:56 -0700 (PDT)
From: HAncock4 <email@example.com>
Subject: Accessing old Bell Telephone ads in Google Books
The old Bell System used to advertise extensively in magazines.
Some of the magazines are now available on Google Books. Here is
how to search for them from LIFE Magazine.
1) Use the URL http://books.google.com/
2) In the search string, enter LIFE Bell Telephone.
3) Under TOOLS, select MAGAZINES. (This will eliminate books).
4) This will display various issues. If you click on a
reference, it will display the ad (or an article).
5) Some experimentation may be necessary.
You should vary the search string, such as "LIFE WESTERN ELECTRIC".
To get old Western Union ads, enter "LIFE WESTERN UNION" (no quotes).
Bell also advertised in other publications. For a while they
advertised in BOYS LIFE. Simply say "BOYS LIFE Bell Telephone"
to bring up those references.
In LIFE, Bell advertised roughly every other week. During
WW II, Bell asked customers NOT to use the telephone and be
patient due to war traffic, as well as touting their contributions
to the war effort. After the war they asked for patience while
they caught up on a huge backlog of service orders. In the 1950s,
they touted their contributions to the Korean War and Cold War
defense. By the later 1950s, Bell had caught up to consumer
demand was now advertising long distance and extension phones.
Bell sometimes advertised in Billboard magazine. These ads
were mostly geared toward the television industry.
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 13:56:03 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Pirates Are Valuable Customers, Not The Enemy
Pirates Are Valuable Customers, Not The Enemy
New research has revealed that 60 percent of all UK citizens have used pirate
services to stream or download TV, films or music. However, the vast majority
of these self-proclaimed pirates say they tend to find legal options first.
These and other findings suggest that piracy remains an availability problem
and that 'pirates' are among the most engaged consumers.
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:57:59 -0600
From: Fred Atkinson <email@example.com>
Subject: [Telecom] Spoofed from My Cellular Exchange?
I have noticed a few times that when I get a telemarketing call that
it is from a number on my own cellular exchange.
Example: Say that my cellular number is (625) 456-1234.
When I get a call from a few certain telemarketers, I get something
like (625) 456-2240 in the CID.
These are numbers that I made up as examples. According to
LincMad.com, 625 is not a live area code at this time (it is not
listed as an active area code). I dialed these numbers and got
I find it strange that they would be calling from a cellular
exchange! And they have the same exchange code that my cellular
phone is on?
I have little doubt that the CID number was spoofed. I called back
once or twice and I always get a 'not in service' recording. I
guess they are careful to spoof using a non-working number.
Do they actually believe that I would think [since it was coming
from my exchange] that I would assume they are a neighbor and answer
the phone anyway?
Oh, I'll answer. But [as soon as I hear the pitch] I shut them
down. I do that with all telemarketers. And I am very blunt when I
do. And I always tell them to 'Put me on your Do Not Call list!' so
I'm very clear.
I can't think of a way to block them since they are using different
spoofed numbers. Hopefully, they will get tired of getting an
earful from me and not call back. Fortunately, they don't call me
very often. In fact, it is months between such events.
I could add them to my blacklist. But they will just spoof another
number when they call back. So in this case, there is just no
The CallCentric service is terrific. I have gotten a few numbers
from telemarketers that were defined as low probability of a
telemarketing call. I just add them to my blacklist [which I can do
with a few clicks of a mouse from the CallCentric Web site] and I
don't hear from them any more. And with that mouse, I can also
report them so that the company [that rates the numbers] can
consider changing their status to medium or high probability of
being a telemarketer.
I wish I could hear the telemarketers reaction when they get the SIT
tones and the not in service recording that Callcentric sends to
callers on my blacklist and to numbers that are rated medium or high
probability of being a telemarketing call. Even if they do call
again, my phone will not ring for them nor will they get my voice
Bob Bulmash suspended Private Citizen's 'Do Not Call Directory'
service. Most telemarketers are calling from outside of the country
and can easily skirt the Do Not Call list law. And it is difficult
for him to serve them since most of them are outside of the United
I consider Callcentric a new way to fight back.
Like all things, it is not a perfect service. But my phone has been
relatively quiet except for legitimate callers. If they do get
through, at I have the tools to fight back.
Thanks to John Levine for being the first to suggest this service
and thanks to everyone else who made the same recommendation.
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:48:08 -0400
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Verizon Surprises Wall Street With Newcomer CEO Pick
By AARON PRESSMAN June 11, 2018
Verizon surprised Wall Street with the selection of former Ericsson
CEO Hans Vestberg as its next leader, pointing to a future still
focused on communications networks. While Verizon rival AT&T is
seeking to build a media and entertainment empire, Verizon's strategy
looks likely to hew more closely to its roots as a dominant telecom
Lowell McAdam, Verizon's current CEO, announced on Friday that
Vestberg, who had joined the company only a year ago, would take over
the top job on Aug. 1, seven years after McAdam himself got the
role. The other main contender for the CEO job, executive vice
president and 25-year company veteran John Stratton, is retiring, the
(Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly)
End of telecom Digest Tue, 12 Jun 2018