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The PLA (Phone Losers of America, http://phonelosers.org/) Have been hosting a Answering Machine hacking contest where you attempt to break into answering machines and change random settings/listen to messages/set outgoing message etc. RBCP gives out the model of the answering machine's. The number is 1-206-424-8422. More info can be found at http://phonelosers.org/tni/ . Essentially, There is more than just answering machine hacking, there is also chose your own adventure, a conference line, and many more things, check it out.

All credit goes to RBCP for this, I just wanted to show you guys.

 

1-206-424-8422

 

http://phonelosers.org/tni/

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I love this phone line!!

Yeah, me too, with the help of textfiles, i have got the passes for 2-3 of them, http://textfiles.com/phreak/VOICEMAIL/

The textfiles are my main source for phreaking information, (Even though the codes/numbers are obsolete, the other ideas (beige box, redbox, etc) still work. (of course you would have to record different tones and find a payphone that doesnt mute mic and has an audible coin sound, for redbox)

 

http://textfiles.com/phreak/

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Redboxing is dead since at&t killed acts, changing the tones won't fix that.

beiging is just clipping onto someone's line, not really high tech.

most of what's on textfiles is useless or outdated, there's better more recent sources of info out there.

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If you find a non-COCOT payphone (which unfortunately, depending on where you are, can be a particularly big if), you can still dial an in-LATA toll call and get TOPS to accept your coin tones. AT&T killed long distance ACTS a while ago, which was done using an adjunct on their 4ESS tandems.

 

But yeah, eighties textfiles are a shitty source of information.

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Redboxing is dead since at&t killed acts, changing the tones won't fix that.

beiging is just clipping onto someone's line, not really high tech.

most of what's on textfiles is useless or outdated, there's better more recent sources of info out there.

Redboxing is just tricking the phone into thinking that you deposited coins using audio. Though, the most people think that it is just the 1700hz and 2200hz.  

 

And remember, I did say the other IDEAS. (the idea of tricking a payphone's coin recognition, the IDEA of making a linemans handset (still works) I dont mean to sound rude, but do you know what i am saying? But anyways, thanks for the post.

Do you know any recent sources of info? Thanks and sorry for sounding rude.

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On most COCOTs, there's either something that scans the coins,or something that mechanically separates them and puts them into one of three momentary switches hooked straight into the COCOT board depending on whether it's a quarter, dime or nickel. If it doesn't think it's any of the above, it goes in the coin return. You can usually tell which it is by the coin return lever; if there's a mechanical separating thingie, you should feel some force as you push down on the lever; on the units that scan the coins, it physically isn't connected to anything.

 

The problem with a lot of the eighties text files isn't always that they're outdated, but that they're almost always a copy or a slight variation on something else, and only inventive in the sense that they put out a lot of crazy rumors. They tell you how to build a bluebox - and if you looked around, you could probably still find the parts they talk about to make that particular circuit. But the only thing they tell you to do with it is m4k3 phr33 c4wlz. What they don't tell you, for example, is that on some 5ESSes, there's occasionally ANACs reachable from a trunk to the outside world, like 503-697-0053. And that instead of MFing KP, 3, the last seven digits of your phone number and ST, it'll just get confused and drop you on the trunk without any digits dialed. They also don't tell you how to identify PBXes or end offices that use MF tones and robbed bit supervision to communicate with the outside world, or that a lot of AIS trunk groups use MF.

 

So in a few words? Eighties text files are basically Alzheimers patients with bottles of viagra.

 

(/rant)

 

Anyway, though, that's kinda beside the point. There's a lot of things that're out of band now. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, either - there a *lot* of fields within SS7 that can make a call do different things or be treated differently; way more options then you'd have with MF. That's definitely something that needs to be explored in detail sometime. For most purposes though, the only sort of inband tones you'll need to worry about are DTMF.

 

As for sources, this'll probably sound ridiculous, but Phonetrips. The HowBPhreak and 1xx/0xx tapes in particular are really good. Not because it deals with anything that's still in service of course, but just because of the mindset it gets you in of feeding unorthodox input to a switch, and noticing small details about them. A good ability to do that, in my opinion, is easily one of the best things you can have as a phreak.

 

Then there's scanning. It's easily one of the most efficient ways of finding interesting numbers out there. Decoder wrote some good articles on the practice:

 

http://oldskoolphreak.com/tfiles/phreak/ex_scan.txt

http://oldskoolphreak.com/tfiles/phreak/espt2.txt

 

This board is also a pretty good source if you want to browse some old threads. A lot of good discussions have happened here over the years. Lemme know if there's any specific topics you have in mind.

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On most COCOTs, there's either something that scans the coins,or something that mechanically separates them and puts them into one of three momentary switches hooked straight into the COCOT board depending on whether it's a quarter, dime or nickel. If it doesn't think it's any of the above, it goes in the coin return. You can usually tell which it is by the coin return lever; if there's a mechanical separating thingie, you should feel some force as you push down on the lever; on the units that scan the coins, it physically isn't connected to anything.

 

The problem with a lot of the eighties text files isn't always that they're outdated, but that they're almost always a copy or a slight variation on something else, and only inventive in the sense that they put out a lot of crazy rumors. They tell you how to build a bluebox - and if you looked around, you could probably still find the parts they talk about to make that particular circuit. But the only thing they tell you to do with it is m4k3 phr33 c4wlz. What they don't tell you, for example, is that on some 5ESSes, there's occasionally ANACs reachable from a trunk to the outside world, like 503-697-0053. And that instead of MFing KP, 3, the last seven digits of your phone number and ST, it'll just get confused and drop you on the trunk without any digits dialed. They also don't tell you how to identify PBXes or end offices that use MF tones and robbed bit supervision to communicate with the outside world, or that a lot of AIS trunk groups use MF.

 

So in a few words? Eighties text files are basically Alzheimers patients with bottles of viagra.

 

(/rant)

 

Anyway, though, that's kinda beside the point. There's a lot of things that're out of band now. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, either - there a *lot* of fields within SS7 that can make a call do different things or be treated differently; way more options then you'd have with MF. That's definitely something that needs to be explored in detail sometime. For most purposes though, the only sort of inband tones you'll need to worry about are DTMF.

 

As for sources, this'll probably sound ridiculous, but Phonetrips. The HowBPhreak and 1xx/0xx tapes in particular are really good. Not because it deals with anything that's still in service of course, but just because of the mindset it gets you in of feeding unorthodox input to a switch, and noticing small details about them. A good ability to do that, in my opinion, is easily one of the best things you can have as a phreak.

 

Then there's scanning. It's easily one of the most efficient ways of finding interesting numbers out there. Decoder wrote some good articles on the practice:

 

http://oldskoolphreak.com/tfiles/phreak/ex_scan.txt

http://oldskoolphreak.com/tfiles/phreak/espt2.txt

 

This board is also a pretty good source if you want to browse some old threads. A lot of good discussions have happened here over the years. Lemme know if there's any specific topics you have in mind.

Thanks so much for the sites and the info, thats just what i wanted. 

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