JmanA9

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  1. I'm chiming in pretty late, but since I was served by a Windstream (formerly Alltel, formerly Mid Continent), I figured I should add my two cents. Some things in Windstream territory followed the Verizon standard for the area. For example, the CO numbers were the same last 4 that Verizon used. Same deal for the milliwatt. In general, the standards from the nearby LEC might filter down to the independent companies. Might that situation apply to you as well? Other than that, I've noticed that Windstream varies quite a bit from place to place. The ANAC in my town was NXX-3NXX, so if your exchange was 234, you might want to try 234-1234, and 234-2234, etc. Try all the office codes served by your switch and see if you come across anything interesting. Even the remotes. For some reason, they put the ANAC on a remote! Also, I found some other interesting things by looking in the range of the old local business office number. See if you can dig up some old telephone directories for your town, and see if you can find the number for the business office. Also, it was posted on the old underground telephone lines placards, so see if you have any old looking telco signs in your area. Also, I think I also found the old business office number by searching for Alltel and Mid Continent online. That was many years ago, back when there was a lot more old, outdated directory information online.
  2. Around here, any payphone that was "forgotten" when Pacific Telemanagement took over and still has Verizon signage is dead. I found several payphones at Arnold Palmer (RIP) Regional Airport that were updated with Pacific Telemanagement logos but were still CO-controlled payphones. So, you never know. Always check!
  3. Cool, I haven't heard them called that before. Thanks!
  4. What's high-low mean?
  5. I guess it's worth noting that even with the rebrand, they kept 483 (GTE) as the code you need to dial to order service.
  6. From what I understand, some places do, some don't. I haven't encountered this in my area. Around here I usually find more pairs with battery but no dialtone than pairs that lack battery.
  7. Also, it sounds like this took a lot of work. Was this that big of a problem for the ambulance company? Or is Verizon trying to use this case to somehow gain something?
  8. Interesting! Seems legitimate, but I wonder why people are calling an ambulance company instead of 911.
  9. I would try asking in the SingingWires Yahoo Group.
  10. I don't think XY equipment is very rare so that price seems high. The seller is clear about the fact he doesn't know what he's got. Xhausted mentioned that control circuitry is required. That is true but at the 2014 Lancaster TCI show, somebody had one XY switch (not sure if it was a universal switch) in a demo unit. I could find out some specifics. If the requisite equipment to make it work by some means fit into a demo, XY seems small-scale-friendly. I'm putting together a small SxS system. I got most of the equipment at a TCI show. This stuff is out there, but only a minuscule amount is sold on eBay. You can place & receive calls with just a connector switch; small scale is possible.
  11. I couldn't reproduce the bug on a different DMS line this morning. This is cool though, I'll be sure to try it on every DMS I encounter from now on!
  12. I had someone call me from their DMS line, then I had them flash, dial 1-800-223-1*** and flash back. I heard the CBCAD recording, then silence. The call stayed up. Edit: I just realized what I did is not what you described in case 3. I'll try this on a different DMS tomorrow.
  13. Did you hear this recording of all, I think, of the verification recordings in 212 that I made a few (6!) years ago? I tried to only include one verification recording per CLLI, so if I got one on the first NXX in that CLLI, I moved on to the next switch and didn't dial the other codes. FWIW, the EQ is probably messed up on both. I may have been stupid enough back then to record it through a phono input (what's an RIAA equalization curve?) but I don't remember. http://jmana9.com/audio/212_Verification.mp3 Also: http://jmana9.com/audio/718%20Verification.mp3
  14. People actually use payphones in Frontier territory: https://www.google.com/maps/@40.0666479,-80.722401,3a,19y,15.59h,83.01t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1saWLdYBrKkx_e40l9aAlFCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1 Frontier doesn't seem to be in any rush to rip out their payphones. Further up the street there are two phones side-by-side. Now that's a rare sight!