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Communications

+ - AT&T/Cingular Blocking legitimate phone number

Submitted by
kickassweb
kickassweb writes "PennPIRG is reporting that AT&T/Cingular is blocking calls to the popular, and competing, service, FreeConferenceCall.com, as well as other similar services.

PennPIRG has learned that AT&T/Cingular recently began blocking phone numbers on its wireless service used by consumers to access free conference call services, such as those provided by Free Conference Call.com. The telephone giant has argued that calls to free conference call services are resulting in millions of dollars in losses to the company due to re-routing and termination fees, and has sued free conference call services and local phone companies in Iowa over the fees.


The article goes on to state that the free conference call service being blocked competes directly with Cingular's conference call service, and that this is the type of anti-consumer action we can expect on the internet if Net Neutrality is not mandated."
Handhelds

+ - Apple's Phone Uses Touchscreen, OS X

Submitted by
necro81
necro81 writes "As reported by Engadget's blow-by-blow of Steve Job's keynote at Macworld Expo, Apple's new phone (still called the iPhone, despite that name already being taken) is a smartphone-PDA that runs OS X (embedded), has a 160 ppi 3.5" screen, has a full-szied touchpad (no stylus), syncs via iTunes to OS X or Windows and, of course, is an iPod. The phone communicates to the outside world via GSM, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, and Dock connector."

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