List of telephony terminology
- List of telephony terminology
This is a List of telephony terminology and acronyms which relate to telephony networks.
*Blue box - a device that was used to bypass the normal long distance call switching tones typically used to obtain free calls.
*call originator - (or "calling party", "caller" or "A-party") a person or device that initiates a telephone call by dialling a telephone number.
*call waiting - a system that notifies a caller of another incoming telephone call by sounding a sound in the earpiece.
*conference call (multi-party call)
*emergency telephone number
*fax - (contraction of "facsimile") a device connected to the telephone network to enable documents to be scanned and sent to a receiving fax machine.
*interactive voice response (IVR)
*Plain old telephone service, or "POTS"
*red telephone box
*ringer equivalency number (REN)
*rural radio service
*trap and trace
*vertical service code
*Wide Area Telephone Service (WATS)
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