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The Telecom Digest for Tue, 12 Jun 2018
Volume 37 : Issue 135 : "text" format

Table of contents
Accessing old Bell Telephone ads in Google BooksHAncock4
Pirates Are Valuable Customers, Not The EnemyMonty Solomon
[Telecom] Spoofed from My Cellular Exchange?Fred Atkinson
Verizon Surprises Wall Street With Newcomer CEO PickBill Horne
---------------------------------------------------------------------- Message-ID: <2c5f61e2-3bc2-4359-ac4c-eef40887abee@googlegroups.com> Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 12:07:56 -0700 (PDT) From: HAncock4 <withheld@invalid.telecom-digest.org> 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. ------------------------------ Message-ID: <A597F239-2AF3-476E-A264-5FBDEFC4088D@roscom.com> Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 13:56:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> 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. https://torrentfreak.com/pirates-are-valuable-customers-not-the-enemy-180606/ ------------------------------ Message-ID: <6b5cf1d44bb343fee0d231d126d46235.squirrel@webmail.mishmash.com> Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 12:57:59 -0600 From: Fred Atkinson <fatkinson.remove-this@and-this-too.mishmash.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 recordings. 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 point. 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 mail. 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 States. 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. Fred ------------------------------ Message-ID: <20180612044808.GA6478@telecom.csail.mit.edu> 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 player. 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 company said. http://fortune.com/2018/06/11/verizon-hans-vestberg-ceo-wall-street/ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my email address to write to me directly) ------------------------------ ********************************************* End of telecom Digest Tue, 12 Jun 2018

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