Posts Tagged ‘Cellphones’

I have been an AT&T wireless customer starting in 2005. In mid 2009 I added DSL service. AT&T called in early November of 2009, and told me I was being moved to combined billing (for my DSL and wireless service on my account).

AT&T aka Death Star Communications

From November of 2009 to February of 2010 I did not receive a bill. I tried on multiple occasions to call and make a payment and was told as I had a $0 balance on my account that they would not take a payment.

In March of 2010 AT&T called and told me that I owed $1654 immediately or my services would be cancelled (at which point I would owe over $1800). As I did not have that kind of money lying around I was unable to pay before the phone call ended. I went to the store on Airport road in Huntsville AL where I lived to try to see if they could do anything. Taking with me screenshots showing my account had a zero balance for each of the last 4 months. The store refused to do anything and told me to contact support over the phone.
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Facebook Poke App

Facebook Poke App

Facebook released a new app for the Apple iOS app store and we can only assume will eventually come to the Android Market (now known as Google Play).  This new app is called ‘Poke’ and is basically the rebirth of Facebook’s old poke system, which was minimalistic communication and essentially the digital equivalent of a head nod. Poke’s are almost never used as over the years Facebook’s new features have greatly depreciated its use.

The new Poke app, released Friday afternoon, is a rebirth of the old concept with some kinda cool new features. We tried it out and heres what we learned. The simple free app, called Facebook Poke, allows you to send fleeting messages, pokes, photos and 10-second videos to Facebook friends. The messages expire after a set period of time, from 1 to 10 seconds, and cannot be retrieved by either party again.

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Cellular Carriers

Cellular Carriers

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Ok, It has come to our attention that with the holidays people will be getting new phones and new pone carriers. Here is a breakdown of speeds, network technologies, and lay-terms that you need to know before buying anything or signing a contract. This guide is posted to make sure you know how things work before your purchase and choice of carrier.

Terms you may here a lot are “4G”, “LTE”, “3G”, “CDMA”, “GSM”, “Bandwidth”, etc don’t get overwhelmed, its not as bad as you think, all of these terms do mean something.

Heres what everything means:
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Cellular Privacy

Cellular Privacy

The law enforcement officials in many cities are petitioning congress to require by law that cellular carriers store both the meta data (information like who the text massage is sent to and who the message is from) as well as the text messages content for a minimum of 2 years.

Out of the major US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) Verizon stores this information already for 5 to 30 days (depending on when the servers flush), while Sprint stores this information for up to 15 days. The GSM carrier AT&T stores only the meta data but not the content for up to 18 months. T-mobile however does not store any information. Last year there were more that 2.2 trillion text messages sent in the United States alone. (That works out to more than 6 billion messages a day) Meaning there would be huge (and more than likely expensive) modifications made to the infrastructure of all US carriers.
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