Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:51:31 +0000
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: AT&T's speed test results aren't as fast as they seem
Its download speeds have been skewed by so many people testing 5G E.
By Rani Molla
AT&T is the fastest US mobile provider but probably not by as much as
first reported, according to new information from speed-test company
AT&T's overall mobile speed was artificially inflated in Ookla's
latest speed ratings by the sheer number of people testing their new
"5G E" connections, whose icon notification has recently started
showing up on newer iPhone models. This, along with AT&T's extensive
5G E advertising, is currently the subject of a Sprint lawsuit against
the company for deceptive practices.
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Date: 16 Apr 2019 14:33:17 -0700
From: HAncock4 <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Gatesville, TX police say 911 system is working
On Monday, April 15, 2019 at 3:41:52 PM UTC-4, HAncock4 wrote:
> ***** Moderator's Note *****
> One of my earliest memories is of the moment when I answer the phone
> in my parents' home in Dedham, Massachusetts, and a woman told me
> "This phone is now dial." I didn't know what she meant, but I and my
> siblings spent the rest of the day dialing calls to all our friends.
In some cases, telephone company personnel called subscribers
to check on the new dial line hookup, or to provide training.
The article below, from Prescott, AZ, describes the training
program. The trainers could send a dial tone, then monitor
the dial pulses with a special unit to verify the subscriber
is dialing correctly.
(see top right).
Scroll up to page one of the same issue to see more information.
Also, see the special second section, beginning on page nine,
for multiple additional articles and ads. (right side)
Note all the merchants offering congratulations to the phone
company for the dial conversion, as well as touting their
contributions to constructing the new building
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:48:43 +0000
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: Conversation with a stranger
I was sitting in a doctor's office, cranking out the HTML version of
the Digest while waiting for my wife, and I struck up a conversation
with a stranger sitting opposite me.
One of those spur-of-the-instant things, curiosity really: I had been
looking for an AC outlet on the wall next to him- I had my laptop with
me - and he'd volunteered to switch seats with me. The man was using a
dumb phone and I asked him how he could stand that small a screen and
he told me that it's just a way to get work done before his client
I asked him if he had a landline, and he told me "no," so of course I
asked why, and he said that he and his boyfriend had moved to the area
a few years back, and he'd refused to pay the high phone rates that
are charged around here.
I asked if him saying "client" implied that he's a lawyer, and he told
me that he just has one client, and that the man does research for
patent-infringement cases and that, although "he's a great
researcher," he can't put his thoughts to paper, and so hands my
interviewee "A bag of words" to organize and make coherent.
At that point, a woman came out of the back and he introduced me, and
she said she'd sit somewhere else for a moment, and I tried to find a
way to get more from him by pulling out my dumb phone and asking him
"is this thing an electronic leesh?"
His opinion was that dumb phones do waste a lot of time, and
addictive, and he digressed and said that if a doctor told him he had
six months to live, he would go out and buy a pack of cigarettes.
I knew he was going to leave, so I said "If you don't mind, may I have
your phone number?"
I may as well have slapped his face: he was instantly on guard, cold,
and distant, and said "no," while gathering his coat and hurrying
Well, I don't know what to make of that, then or now. I guess Bob
Woodward doesn't have to worry about competition from me.
Date: 17 Apr 2019 02:38:24 -0400
From: "Monty Solomon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Apple and Qualcomm Settle All Disputes Worldwide
Apple and Qualcomm said they had agreed to dismiss all litigation
between them worldwide.
By Don Clark and Daisuke Wakabayashi
SAN FRANCISCO - For the past two years, Apple and Qualcomm
have dueled on three continents over the division of billions of
dollars of smartphone profits and even how much consumers pay for
On Tuesday, just as a trial had begun in a federal courtroom in San
Diego over a suit Apple had filed against Qualcomm, the two companies
said they had essentially made up.
End of telecom Digest Thu, 18 Apr 2019