Got Minutes? Prepaid Calling Helps Generate Traffic Across Foreign Waters

Posted: 04/1998 By Jennifer Knapp It has been more than a year since the World Trade Association (WTO) completed the Basic Telecommunications Agreement (BTA), which has set the pace for international telecom deregulation. With more than 70 governments signed on under the BTA, it is news to almost no one that foreign telecom competition is […]

Local Number Portability

Posted: 01/1998 By Patt Rice Who said you can’t take it with you? You can now. Well, at least your telephone number. For the last several months–in the face of emerging local competition–the telecommunications industry has been devising an automated means of allowing local subscribers to change carriers while keeping their telephone number. This service […]

The Canned-Ham Approach to Long Distance Sales

Posted: 01/1998 By Dan Baldwin As unbelievable as it may seem, not everyone out there is just sitting around waiting for us to call and sell them long distance (sad but true!). So what’s a hard-core cold-calling long distance salesperson to do on a day when he just can’t make another long distance cold call? […]

800 Redirect

Posted: 12/1997   800 Redirect A Re-emerging Fraud Scam By Jim Marsh, Senior Manager, Fraud Control, MCI Imagine a business with a very active 800 service. Calls are coming in; people are busy; orders are being taken; and customers are being serviced. Now imagine that same business with no calls coming, people sitting around, no […]

Intelligent SS7 or Stupid Networks

Posted: 12/1997 Intelligent SS7 or Stupid Networks Why We Care By Gary Kim Going to the dentist for a root canal might be preferable to sitting through a discussion of Signaling System 7 (SS7). Nevertheless, we care about SS7 because it enables many types of services related to call completion and billing; little things like […]

Why Not?

Posted: 11/1997 Why Not? Call me a dreamer, but I’m stilling waiting for some crazy all-distance carrier to take advantage of network architecture–not just new technology–and change the way things are done in the public network space. Here’s an example. I routinely am told by the smart guys in the switching world that today’s state-of-the-art […]

It’s All in the Cards

Posted: 10/1997 It’s All in the Cards by Charlene O’Hanlon The prepaid calling card business is characterized by agents as a risky game, yielding high commissions or considerable losses depending on one’s tenacity and luck. Agents have been hustled by hit-and-run artists who print cards with bogus numbers. They’ve been hustled by carriers whose platforms […]


Posted: 10/1997 Interlopers? Shifting technological paradigms can be quite hazardous. Steam engines replacing sails, transistors usurping vacuum tubes and the development of the integrated circuit and microprocessor are examples of paradigm shifts that destroyed whole industries and replaced them. Needless to say, industry-leading companies rarely survive such shifts. It isn’t clear yet whether client-server architecture […]

Debit Card News

Posted: 09/1997 Debit Card News Prepaid Benefits From Momentum SOLONA BEACH, Calif.–Momentum Telecom recently introduced a prepaid phone card package with options to entice agents, retailers and customers. The package offers commissions up to 37 percent; a no risk, money-back guarantee; a cooperative advertising program; complete retail support; complete point-of-sale materials; and no sales-tax collection.The […]

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