Carrier Access Codes
are a largely dated*, though still functional service to select your long-distance telephone carrier per phone call. In the United States
, these "dial-around codes
" reached a (commercial) peak in the late 1990s, as seen with ads featuring such semi-notables as Marla Gibbs, Christine Taylor and Reginald VelJohnson
, Harry Anderson
, John Lithgow
, Tony Danza
, Doug Flutie
, and even Alf and some well-known friends
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Mar 29, 2014 -
Collections: Bakelite telephones
modified rubix cubes
), minature cars
, novelty lamps
(warning: serious eyesore!), bobble heads
posted by grumblebee
on Oct 16, 2004 -
Dial-A-Cheater "proved what I couldn't. After he answered the call I scheduled, I asked him who it was. He lied. I totally busted him out. He was cheating with my best friend!"
Kill the illusion of joy with a cell phone (and $1.95 USD)
posted by LinusMines
on Apr 14, 2004 -
a new P2P Telephony service from the people who created KaZaA. [more inside]
posted by davehat
on Sep 23, 2003 -
Thought you were rid of the telemarketers?
Perhaps not. It looks like they're fighting back to items like the TeleZapper
that fake telemarketers into thinking your phone is disconnected by playing the three tones you get if your phone doesn't work. Castel, Inc
claims their DirectQuest software defeats devices like Telezapper by reading the connect messages delivered by your public switched telephone network. Fave quote - “It’s a privacy arms race.." Will this ever end?
posted by djspicerack
on Feb 27, 2003 -
Among the most confusing dilemmas facing today's consumer is the question of which cell phone carrier is right for you. Even though Consumer Reports just published an article
rating different carriers, the results are far from conclusive
. I've been searching for web resources to cut through all the crap, and I thought I'd share a couple with the MeFi community, since typing "compare cell phone plans" into Google brings up a load of pop-up laden vendors thinly disguised as dispensers of advice.
posted by grrarrgh00
on Jan 23, 2003 -
- PhoneScoop.com offers the most comprehensive lists of cell phone features I've seen, a handy comparison tool, and a good number of intelligent user reviews.
- LetsTalk.com suffers from a bit of that thinly-disguised-vendor syndrome, but it is useful for comparing different services and getting clearly presented, itemized lists of each service's features. Be wary of the service comparison tool, because it's rather incomplete, but it's a good starting point to compare plans.
Hackers target Cell Phones
With the connectivity of cell phones to the internet, hackers have begun to target cell phones, programming prank calls, placing calls to wherever and erasing the software in the phone.
posted by Lanternjmk
on Mar 11, 2002 -
Insane Collection of 555 phone numbers from TV-Movies-cartoons.
555-6542 Rev. Lovejoy The Simpsons
555-4044 Tanners residence ALF
posted by Niahmas
on Jan 12, 2002 -
(or 777film.com, or AOL/Moviefone if you want to be official) has long been my favorite place to look up movie showtimes, but lately I've been running into problems. The biggest one is this: if you search for movies by theater, then hit "more" a couple times, it reaches a limit of about 12 theaters. Here in LA, that limit corresponds to a 4-5 mile radius. The theater I want to look up movie times at is maybe 7-8 miles away, but no where in the interface is a real "search." It's all just lists and lists. Eventually, I found a list of local theaters (covering about a 20 mile radius) in the theater codes section, but it's not a real search engine, so looking up times at out of town theaters requires you to know the zip code of the place you're going to. I know they're trying to simplify their site by taking out a search engine, but what about the people that know exactly what they want? I use moviefone on the web because using it on a telephone requires you to navigate convoluted menu systems, but they've transferred the phone experience to the web quite well.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 16, 2000 -
This past summer, I bought a Microsoft Cordless Phone
, which I fell in love with after seeing all its cool features. My friends snickered when I bought it and they made little jokes about my 'proprietary' phone that would 'crash' during calls, but I defended my MS phone. So now the time has come to upgrade my home win98 box to Win2k, but apparently MS has no intentions of making the phone compatible with Win2k
, nor will they ever support it
. This phone is less than a year old, and it's going to be useless soon (all the answering and caller ID is software based). Anyone want to buy this $150 paperweight I have sitting here on my desk?
posted by mathowie
on Jan 13, 2000 -
Find the distance between two American telephone exchanges with the Interoffice Mileage Calculator
. Find the distance between any two cities in the world with How Far Is It?
. The latter also has a full database of American and Canadian towns, so I know that my hometown is 4864 miles from Athens, Greece, and 768 miles from Athens, Georgia.
posted by tdecius
on Oct 11, 1999 -