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  1. Interesting news for AT&T Illinois customers (at least, though probably all of ex-Ameritech, if not all of AT&T's ILEC territory) on this month's landline bill: In other news, White Pages are moving to a 14-month publication schedule (where they are available), so good luck checking that number as the recording suggests. Also, Band C calls are 59¢ per minute starting in November. Because charging more for less is just another way that the Bell System puts service first.
  2. Besides no-test trunks, there might be other things out there. In the book Bigger Secrets (1986), William Poundstone wrote about remote observation (REMOB), saying: Bigger Secrets ranks somewhere only slightly above "I read it on the Internet" in terms of credibility, though. (For example, a few paragraphs above, Poundstone talks about eavesdropping on cellular phone calls by tuning your AM radio above 16 kHz, which is problematic for a couple of reasons.) It's an entertaining book, and maybe for plotting a play this opens some possibilities, but if you're looking for strict technical accuracy I wouldn't count on it.
  3. MCI certainly has, anyway. Their access number, (888) 624-8000, just goes to about 20 seconds of faint ticks, and then disconnects (to the local ACB recording on my landline). As far as AT&T goes, their operator services site still exists, and it's still got a come-on for AT&T calling cards, but actually clicking the link just bounces you over to their long distance plans. On the other hand, if you dig down into the tariff—sorry, service guide (Word document)—you eventually find a rate table (Excel spreadsheet) for intrastate calls that was updated this last June 1. It gets even more confusing: they've issued notices that they're discontinuing certain calling card billing, but they also still list OneRate calling card service among their available services. If you've got AT&T as your presubscribed LD carrier, I guess you can call them up and ask for the OneRate Calling Card Plan (UID CRD01002DD), and see what they make of that.
  4. Thanks for the heads up. Did they give you an FCC proceeding number or anything? For the life of me, I haven't been able to find anything on this. Nope. All they did was slip a note on the bill, in between "Hey! Didja know we got an app?" and "The Universal Service Fee is increasing [but we won't say by how much]". I've checked the FCC site for anything, with no luck, but if I find anything (for either AT&T or MCI), I'll report back.
  5. MCI stopped issuing post-paid cards a while back. They apparently took them out of the General Service Agreement on June 1, 2015. They've also just announced that they're shutting down the access numbers and the remaining cards on January 16, 2016. Verizon was actually still issuing MCI calling cards not that long ago. I got one with a Verizon cell phone. The idea was to use it to get through to customer service while in a foreign country. It has the same access numbers as my landline calling card, but charges to some Verizon customer service number, I guess (and I would assume is restricted to calling customer service, though I haven't tried that). I have no idea whether they'd keep that specific use alive, or cut the ex-CC access numbers directly over to VZW customer service, or what. As far as local operator service, AT&T Illinois just announced they're cutting off third party, etc., on March 18 as well. I don't know whether that means the ex-Ameritech area was effectively subbing out their local operator services to Long Lines, or whether it's just a corporate-wide decision.