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  1. nice! do you need the schematic? i might have a copy.
  2. I've only seen one VoIP service have 101-xxxx (FGD) work properly, and that's because it is a landline carrier who gives me dialtone off a DMS-10 by SIP. Really more of a landline-replacement service that they happened to be willing to hook me up with, than a "VoIP" service. JCSwishMan33 - I'm not familiar with this carrier, who are they? Sounds pretty interesting to me ... Telcos only have to provide LD carrier choice if they're a regulated telco. Most VoIP services work hard to avoid regulation, as does any good telco - it's expensive to comply with rules! And there are a lot of them. My ex-employer was a 100% real CLEC, and they had to sign a stack of forms about six inches thick to get that status. It was an eight person company, with a full-time lawyer on staff. This is normal.
  3. Aw, fuck. End of a fucking era, for sure.
  4. From meetings I've been in, CDMA carriers are mostly planning to keep their 2G gear running for a while after they shut down their 3G networks in preference for LTE. 2G CDMA is comparatively narrowband (a pair of 1.5 MHz channels can serve a whole area), and keeping the 2G network active allows for 2G/3G phones to have a network to fall back on. There are many 2G/3G only phones out there still; I assume each network is planning to keep at least one of these bands active to serve those customers. There's probably also a regulatory angle involved. GSM is distance-limited to I think like 50 km so it makes sense to keep UMTS but drop GSM, reducing the number of towers needed to serve the area, whereas CDMA isn't distance-limited in either 2G or 3G so it makes sense to use the narrower bandwidth one, freeing up spectrum.
  5. I bet the numbering plan is something like 287-3-1744, where 287 is a tieline or location code for "naperville area", and 3-1744 or 9-9599 are local numbers on the centrex.
  6. Pumping is a real thing and costs real money. I recently worked for a CLEC whose major source of revenue was running voice bridges for taxi drivers. Every month we would cut several-thousand-dollar checks to multiple hosts, who each had hundreds of people in their rooms. The hosts basically moderate a chat bridge; it's kind of like a combination radio show and chatroom. Sometimes they would feud over someone stealing someone else's callers. It was pretty funny, until one of the major LD telcos stopped paying the bills we sent them.
  7. I've looked in this direction, and it's a thing that apparently many people are interested in but none of them are motivated enough to make it happen. It's pretty disappointing.
  8. Well that's very interesting indeed. I have not received any such notice, hmmmm, and my calling card still works.
  9. I'll see about remembering to do that, some time or another. I'll have to redact it, and that's kind of a pain because it has my name or phone number in like eight places.
  10. Works just fine from my landline.
  11. Now that I'm home ... my card has an access number of 1-800-CALL-ATT. On the card it lists the same number for customer service. On the pamphlet (zine? brochure?) that was shipped with it, they list customer care as 1-800-222-0300, from overseas 1-800-331-1140. Or to set up conference calls, dial 1-800-232-1234. The PIN at the end of the card number is four digits, not three. So my card number is NPA NXX XXXX YYYY.
  12. I have AT&T as the preferred interstate carrier for my home landline. Last year I called them up and asked for a calling card. I believe it was the same line that I called to order my service in the first place. The operator knew exactly what I was talking about and didn't have to transfer me to anyone else. A week or two later I got an orange calling card for 1-800-CALL-ATT. It's a real thing and it exists, the card number is my NPA-NXX-XXXX + YYY (where YYY is something seemingly random), and the rate is around $1 per call + double my normal per-minute rate.
  13. My 1-800-CALL-ATT postpaid card still works great. I just used it for like the second time since getting it years ago!
  14. Other day I tried to place a person-to-person call with my AT&T landline long distance operator. You used to be able to reach them by dialing 0-0, but they have this IVR in front of it which requires another 0 and then another 0 because yes damnit I need to talk to a human. So they've become a 0-0, 0, 0 operator. Anyway, they discontinued that service on 18-March, just two weeks before I called. I was pissed! Fucking phone companies, taking away all the fun bits of telecom. I don't even understand why they would discontinue that. The only cost center has to be operator training, but they charge out the nose for a person-to-person call. I think it was like a three dollar connect fee before they disconnected it?
  15. the sound you're referring to is a result of robbed-bit signalling. i'm not sure why they would flash supervision. in some of evan doorbell's tapes you can learn that flashing busy was used on the long distance network to signal long distance operators by lamps on their cord board, but that went out of style decades ago.