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ThatHawaiiGuy Member Level  Saturday, 09/25/04 02:56:48 AM
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If you think your phone is tapped dial this # to find out:


An automated voice will then repeat your phone number followed by an "8" then nine "0's" and a number . If the last number is 1, 2, or 3 your phone is NOT tapped if it is larger than 3 then you have a problem.

"I keep hearing about this number 101073217709889664, what is all the fuss about?"

This is a very interesting number, and has become sort of an Urban Legend on the Internet, as you can well see when you place the number into a search engine and bring up over 6 years worth of questions and discussions regarding it, both on the Web and in Newsgroups. Lets use the knowledge we have learned today to decipher a legend! Here we have an 18 digit number starting with 1010, we now go to our PIC list and see that the first 7 digits correspond to AT&T (SDN). AT&T we recognize, as a long distance carrier, however, SDN is a division of AT&T governing the software defined network accounts, which are much like making an internet telephone call. Next we have the number 1 to signify an out of our Toll Center call, finally we are left with a 10-digit number that works out to a CO in Smyrna, GA, which is an area covered by Bell South. Now lets see if it is a good number, using just the final 10 digits, try the call collect! Not only is the collect call accepted, but also the line you are calling out on is identified for you along with several other digits following. This is called an ANAC test call (ANAC meaning, automatic, number, announcement, circuit). This test call alone has been available for use, nationwide (Except for within GA) for over 10 years, however about six years ago it started showing up on the Internet with the PIC code of AT&T (SDN) as a prefix. The line has always been known for its ANAC, but rumors started on why a PIC code was included and why were there additional digits repeated after the number calling from has been identified. No party knows why the PIC code was added, surely AT&T might have contracted with Bell South to use the line as a means to identify its SDN needs. However I would caution calling via the PIC code, as the numbers spoken after your ANAC has cycled are the identifiers of your network, and chosen long distance carrier! Thus, technically, your long distance carrier of choice information is disclosed to the carrier you have chosen for this call! Mind you, this is not the case whenever you use a PIC, this only concerns me if the PIC is attached to a test call, which gives out such personal information, to start with. There was also much concern about possibility of great bills being received by calling this number in its entirety, as, after all, there is a PIC code, and a 1 attached to the number! This however is a free call when you use the full access, as the AT&T (SDN) is only a means of routing. The number that would be receiving your monies if it were a toll call, is only a CO test call in Smyena, GA, not that of a private party, so no bill, as there is no party to receive your toll! However, if you must call the line, I suggest protecting your privacy, by losing the PIC and calling collect!

Here is an interesting thread:

Line verification not a line to tell if your phone is taped...

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