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Old 06-02-2007, 01:12 AM   #1
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Unable to dial out on a charge card?

I am using Mepis 6.0, kde.

Please tell me how to use a charge card to dial an ISP.

It has become necessary to connect to an ISP via long distance charges.

I would like to use prepaid phone cards and I have not been able to do
this because I don't know how to configure the actual dial sequence so
that I can connect using my dialup modem.

Being a n00be, heres a minimum amount of things I did to find the answers
I needed to make this work.

At different forums I've searched for dialing codes, modem command and
dialing codes and many, many others as I though them up.
I have googled-up "how to modems", googled-up "command codes" and everything
else I could think of. I have read modem read-mes and modem howtos and I'm
not there yet!

Using the "MCI PREPAID CHARGE CARD" this is how I must dial to make a call:
( The phone numbers that I use below are sample numbers, I have removed
all "-" and used spaces to space the numbers out for clarity. )

First, I dial the charge card 800 number:

1 800 000 0000
then there is a pause and you hear:
"thank you for calling MCI press "1" for English"

then I press "1" for English:
1 800 000 0000 "1"

then it tells you "press "1" to make a call"
I then press "1"
1 800 000 0000 1 "1"

lastly, I punch in the area code and phone number I want to dial without the "1"
1 800 000 0000 1 1 "404 000 0000"

(The "1" before the area code is drooped here because it has already been used
in front of the 800 number.)

Help please!
Old 06-02-2007, 03:52 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by steelheat
Help please!
The first thing that comes to my mind is to put commas ',' between each group (when you are expecting a voice response from the calling card people) in your dialup string.

Like this:


Each comma represents a one second delay, adjust them as needed.

The second thing that comes to mind is to manually dial up the first half of the number:

"1 800 000 0000 1 1"

and wait for it to ask for the number that you wish to connect to. Then click on the ISP connection in linux and let it take it from there.

You might need to "Y" your phone lines so that the modem doesn't drop your handset out before it gets a chance to add its numbers to the call. Let linux start its connection and then hangup your handset.
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Both good suggestions. Especially the part about each ',' giving a 1 sec. delay & adjusting as necessary.
Old 06-04-2007, 02:30 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by archtoad6
Both good suggestions. Especially the part about each ',' giving a 1 sec. delay & adjusting as necessary.
Thanks, either one should work, now we just wait for the feedback.


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