At approximately 8am EST, 7am CST, 1300 UCT/GMT, which I think is also
2am American Samoa Time (I don't know if Am.Samoa observes Daylite time
though -- ALSO REMEMBER... THIS WEEKEND, most of the US/Canada switches
over to Daylite time in the early morning hours of Sunday Morning)...
011+684 type access to American Samoa began to be "intercepted" on SOME
call attempts on AT&T and MCI.
I was still consistantly able to reach American Samoa via US-Sprint-LD,
Qwest/LCI-LD, and Vartech-LD, via 011+ (IDDD) access, as if 684 is a
country code, even well in the 8am EST hour.
But with AT&T and MCI, using various access methods (Sent Paid 011+,
Standard post-pay account Card Access, prepaid card, AT&T-OSPS
"Call-Manager" access, etc), I began to be "intercepted", but not on all
call attempts, if I tried dialing American Samoa with 01(1)+ where 684
is a country code, instead of with 0+/1+ where 684 would be an AREA code
within Country Code +1 (NANP).
I got the SAME "generic" male recording that sounded almost like it
might have been computer generated, but I don't know for certain...
indicating that it is no longer necessarily to dial 011, but to rather
hang-up and dial 1, then 684, then the number.
The trailer-code was consistant for AT&T, and a different trailer-code
was consistant for MCI, for those 01(1)+ 684-nxx-xxxx-(#) call attempts
which did get "intercepted" -- but even on AT&T and MCI, SOME call
attempts did continue to get thru with this IDDD access method.
If I were "intercepted", AT&T attempts returned a trailer of "D3O" (I
don't know if the final character is really supposed to be the letter
'O' (oh) as it was pronounced in the recording trailer, or if it is
really supposed to be the numeral '0' (zero)...)
and MCI attempts which were intercepted returned a trailer of "DJS".
After listening to the "intercept" recording (and trailer) on AT&T,
after ONE play-thru, I was "SS7-crank-backed" to a standard vacant code
recording from the originating/homing 4ESS or 5E-OSPS.
On MCI, I simply got a fast-busy "re-order" after having heard the
"intercept" recording just once.
As I mentioned, the AT&T and MCI call attempts went to the SAME male
voice and verbage on the "intercept" recording (only the final "trailer"
being different on AT&T vs. MCI), so I wonder if American Samoa telecom
or Blue Sky (wireless) is playing these recordings? Maybe VZ-GTE-Hawaii
(soon to possibly be sold off to the Carlysle Croup?) is playing these
recordings for AT&T and MCI?
It might be possible for American Samoa Telecom to determine whether or
not one dialed the call as 1+/0+ (NANP) vs. 01(1)+ (IDDD) ?? Maybe as
long as the LEC and IXCs involved retained the dialed format in the
signaling protocal all the way to the distant LEC (Am.Samoa Telecom and
Blue Sky wireless), it is the "signaling protocol", i.e., CCITT-5 vs.
domestic "Bell System" MF or SS7, would indicate whether or not one
dialed as 1+/0+ vs. 011+/01+ ???
I assume that over the next several days/weeks/maybe months, all IXCs
and Intl. Carriers worldwide will eventually "turn off" Country Code
+684 access to American Samoa and instead require ONLY CC +1 NANP (with
NPA 684 within the NANP) access... it might take some time for ALL
service providers in the (worldwide) industry to make this change final.
The ITU will NOT make any attempt to reassign +684 to any other possible
(Pacific) point until 1997, according to the NANP Planning Letter. I
doubt that cc +684 will need to be assigned anywhere else for a LONG
CC +671 (formerly Guam) is still availble for future assignment.
However, the ITU did re-assigned CC +670, in 2000/01 or so, to East
Timor. +670 as a Country Code had only been Saipan/Mariana Islands all
the way thru 1997/98 when Saipan/Marianas were migrating their
destination digits from +670- over to +1-670-, back in 1997/98 when both
Guam and Saipan/Marianas migrated from being ITU Country Codes over to
Area Codes within the NANP.
Mark J. Cuccia
mcuccia at tulane dot edu
New Orleans LA CSA