Archive for the ‘Weird Telecom’ Category.

AT&T skeletons from 1930


In a story that sounds like it came from a Hollywood movie script, Tim Wu’s new book The Master Switch discloses one of the secrets AT&T did not want the world to have. Its an interesting story in applied paranoia that large corporations are often very good at. We love telecom for it’s paranoid nature and it’s rationalization of any decision—but was this really smart or really stupid? Continue reading ‘AT&T skeletons from 1930’ »

Make The Dog Eat It


In what has to be one of the most ridiculous lawsuits in the history of Canadian telecom jurisprudence a cheating wife is suing Rogers because she was outed by a mobile bill.
Read all of the sordid details here.

Misappropriated Mobile And The Missus


Things couldn’t have been worse for the jealous wife from Skåne, southern Sweden. It seems she suspected her husband of extramarital activities and stole his mobile to check out his contacts and SMS. In her haste to do this all very secretly she stole away to the back yard in the wee hours of the morning and climbed up into her son’s tree house. As you might expect this story is going from bad to worse very quickly. She got stuck going up the tree and had to use the purloined phone to call for a rescue. You can read all about the ensuing rescue, the public ridicule and ongoing jokes at the local police station. The story was carried in a Swedish newspaper, The Local.

Theremon Revisited


For those of you who are fans of creepy science fiction you will know only too well the sound of the theremon. That strange electric instrument that is the mainstay of sound effects in most low budget scifi. Now you can get it in your mobile phone.
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You’ll Get Yours Later


We don’t think we can improve on this story. Its another case of truth is stranger…
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Turkey Time


While Thanksgiving in OHANL has come and gone, our southern neighbors are just getting the trimmings out of storage for another feast of the gobbler. It seems appropriate to trot out the latest of the great turkeys…
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Fast And On Time


In what might be the weirdest pairing in the mobile industry Tag Heuer and Lamborghini have joined forces and created, wait for it, a mobile phone. Not any mobile phone, but the Meridiist.
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Sonata For Touchtone


We suppose that folks with a little too much time on their hands eventually would get to this—as an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters would eventually produce all of Shakespeare.
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Follow That Cab


So a few days ago by mistake I mis-dialed a toll free number. I reached 1-800-987-0768. Nothing there but some guy reading out what at first appears to be random numbers and then it redials a number. I call back again and same thing but new numbers…

We Sherlock for you

Speed dial another time and this time I record the call to get all of the digits. Telephone service is predictable so this mystery should be solved shortly. I record the call three times and here’s what it gets to;

  1. Call number 1: 800-23-711-409-3944
  2. Call number 2: 500-31-711-409-3944
  3. Call number 3: 200-56-711-409-3944

Random pattern of digits to the first five characters but could that be an NPA then NXX and number? I check out the NPA lookup for 711 and direct hit! The NPA is an area code reserved for Telecommunications Relay Services;

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) is a telephone service that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls.

Now the numbers being dialed always ring busy so I cannot tell if they are intended to go to that actual 711 number location or if it’s dialing something else. Hmmm need my trusty DTMF decoder. While it’s possible that my DTMF decoder is on the fritz (not used for many years, though it tested good on my phone) it recorded what were, at best, random dialed numbers. So mystery remains…I hate being foiled on a case!

Bluster, Bluff and Braggadocio


On the eve of the FCC announcement of the proposed rules for net neutrality Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon Communications CEO, decided it was appropriate to float out a few gallons of FUD at the Supercomm 2009 in Chicago.
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