Disconnect Your Home Phone.. Forever

Marco Orlandi orlandi.marco at libero.it
Tue Nov 11 04:22:02 PST 2003

Sure Ian,

and wireless is taking it over in users authentication too...

Just have a look at this innovative idea that comes from overseas...


Mobile Phones used as a token for users validation...

Yes... maybe its weakness is that it relies on GSM CLID, but it's just an
example to let you all understand the potential that's behind the 'let it
wireless' paradigm...

Wireless is really "Cheaper, Easier and Effective..."

I've tested the saintlogin and it looks great, just think of your mobile
phone as a simple smartcard-replacer....


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Andrew Bell" <fork at ianbell.com>
To: <fork at xent.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2003 1:56 AM
Subject: Disconnect Your Home Phone.. Forever

Sorry, Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, you suck.

It took 100 years for the PSTN to reach 1Bn users, and it took Wireless
telephony (primarily GSM) less than 20 years to reach 900Mn.  We are
now poised to have wireless overtake land lines, and America will
champion this surge.

The RBOCs are now peeing their pants.

The ability to move all of your minutes to your wireless phone (free
evenings and weekends, anyone?) without changing your phone number
combines well with devices like this:


It's not so much that the Wireless Carriers are great... they just suck
less.  RBOCs could have innovated themselves away from this problem by
building next-generation networks with services to make telephony
personal and seamless, but instead they blew trillions on SONET and
proceeded to stick their heads in the sand.


Detox Your Inbox!


CC OKs Home-To-Cell Phone Number Rule
28 minutes ago
By JONATHAN D. SALANT, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON -  The days of having more than one phone number may be,
well, numbered for many people.

Federal regulators approved rules Monday making it easier for consumers
to go totally wireless (news - web sites) by allowing them to transfer
their home number to their cell phone.

For those who favor traditional phones, the Federal Communications
Commission (news - web sites) also plans to allow people to transfer
their cell number to their home phone, though initially only a few will
have this option.

These rules, which come on top of plans to allow people to keep their
cell number when they change wireless companies, are aimed at boosting
competition in the telecommunications industry.

All the changes take effect Nov. 24 for customers in the 100 largest
metropolitan areas. They will apply to everyone beginning March 24.

Consumer advocates predict the changes will lead to lower prices,
better service and more options for phone customers, many of whom have
been reluctant to switch service because it required changing phone
numbers they had given to relatives, friends and business associates.

It also is likely to spur more people to ditch the traditional landline
phone and go wireless.

"After today, it's easier than ever to cut the cord," FCC (news - web
sites) Chairman Michael Powell said. "By firmly endorsing a customer's
right to untether themselves from the wireline network — and take their
telephone number with them — we act to eliminate impediments to
competition between wireless and wireline services."

Chris Murray, legislative counsel for Consumers Union, which publishes
Consumer Reports magazine, said the changes should spur competition in
the local telephone market, which remains largely the domain of "Baby
Bell" companies like Verizon and Qwest.

"Wireless is the only near-term hope for real consumer choice," he said.

Phone industry officials complained the new rules make it easy for cell
companies to take away their customers, but difficult for them to go
after wireless users.

The reason has to do with the different local service areas for
wireless and landline companies. Under the FCC regulations, a phone
customer can unplug a corded phone and transfer the number to a cell
phone if the wireless company serves the same area. But a customer
wishing to transfer a number from a cell phone to a landline can only
do that if the exchange — the three digits following the area code —
falls within the same geographic area, known as a "rate center," in
which the house or business is located.

As a result, local phone companies will be able to go after only about
an eighth of cell phone customers, while the wireless industry has no
similar restrictions, BellSouth spokesman Bill McCloskey said.

"These new rules say our wireless competitors can take our customers
even though the technology does not allow us to offer the same benefit
of number portability to the vast majority of their customers,"
McCloskey said.

Commissioners acknowledged the inequities, but said the chance to
inject competition into the local phone market could not be passed up.

"While I do not believe that these concerns outweigh the very
significant benefits to American consumers ... I do want to highlight
my keen interest in working with both industry and the chairman and my
fellow commissioners on solutions to address this inequity,"
Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said. "The commission should constantly
strive to level the proverbial playing field."

As many as 7 million consumers use cell phones exclusively. Jeff
Maszal, research director for The Management Network Group, an Overland
Park, Kan.-based communications consulting firm, said another 19
million consumers are likely to drop their landlines for cell phones
now that they can keep their home or business phone numbers.

The cellular industry praised the new rules.

"Competition has proven to be the strongest force for falling prices
and increased innovation, and America's landline telephone customers
will have choices like never before," said Steve Largent, the former
Republican congressman from Oklahoma who now heads the Cellular
Telecommunications and Internet Association.

Landline companies must transfer numbers within four business days. The
FCC said it would look at whether to shorten the time.

Cell phone customers who want to switch wireless companies could have
new service as quickly as 2 1/2 hours after the new carrier has
contacted the old provider. The transfer will take longer if more than
one line is involved.


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