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Telephone Service

Area Code in Milpitas, CA, is 408

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Emergency
408-263-1212
- Program this number in your cell phones. Goes to our local dispatch.
911 goes to Vallejo where calling number linked to an address, so use from home or business phones.
For all other non-emergency questions about police or fire services, call their business numbers:
408-586-2400 for Milpitas Police
408-586-2800 for Milpitas Fire

Directory Assistance
Locate People and Businesses based on name or by telephone number. (Reverse directory). Smart Pages.

Calling Bargains
A comprehensive telecom resource, providing industry news, consumer info and advice, as well as reviews for a broad array of telecom products and services with an emphasis on low cost calling solutions including 1+ long distance, Internet phone service, cell phone plans, conference call and more.

Do Not Call Registry
Most telemarketers cannot call your telephone number if it is in the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register your home and mobile phone numbers for free. Your registration will be effective for five years. File a complaint here.

Is the Do Not Call Registry a Joke?
Be aware that telemarketers making prohibited calls to Do Not Call registrants are subject to a $16,000 fine. Often, if you mention that fact with a threat to sue, that stops telemarketers from calling you again.

Companies

AT&T
Local phone service is provided by AT&T. At this site you can get an overview of the products and services offered to businesses and residents in Milpitas.

AT&T
140 N Milpitas Blvd. 408-942-8255
238 Ranch Dr.,946-4300
185 Ranch Dr.,942-7570
447 Great Mall Road, 956-8670

Infinitel Communcations
Pagers, cellular phones for the Asian community. 380 Barber Lane, (Milpitas Square), 943-1688

Directory Assistance

Directories
Online phone books for Milpitas.

Area Code Listing, by Number
Have an area code and need to know where it is located? This page will help. Use your browser's Find command to search fo a city to find its area code.

City of Milpitas Telephone Directory
Effective May 24, 1999. Telephone numbers for City of Milpitas services and information.

Commissions

Milpitas Telecommunications Commission
The Commission advises the City Council on matters of telecommunications policy, legislation, and implementation at the local, state, and federal levels. The Commission considers and recommends information technology services to benefit the Milpitas community.

California Public Utilities Commission - Telecommunications Industry
Since the transition from monopoly to competition began in the telecommunications industry, the California Public Utilities' Commission's focus is in developing and implementing policies and procedures to facilitate competition in all telecommunications markets, and to address regulatory changes required by state and federal legislation.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable.

Issues

Be on the lookout for phone fraud
From slamming to cramming and everything in between, con artists and companies have tapped into telephone bills as a place to bilk consumers out of money they shouldn't owe. Learn to spot the most common phone frauds.

Telco Consumer Protection Initiative
On March 2, 2006, the PUC adopted a Consumer Protection Initiative to empower consumers and prevent fraud in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. The initiative launches a multilingual consumer education program called CalPhoneInfo, creates a Consumer Fraud Unit to step up our enforcement activities, and expands the PUC's toll-free hotline (1-800-649-7570) for consumer complaints against wireless and other carriers.

Rate Comparison

A Bell Tolls
An impartial long distance rate comparison site. Seems to be updated regularly, but do check for new "deals" that the webmaster may not know about.

Epinions - Cellular Services in the Bay Area
Customers and salespersons review and rate cellular services in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Rates also available.

Recycle Cell Phones

Cash for Trash Fundraising Program
A new approach which enables your organization to generate significant revenue. Simply collect old unused cell phones that many people have just lying around.

Cell Phone Recycling
Links to other resources for recycling cell phones, or recycling for fund raising.

FundingFactory
Helps schools and nonprofit organizations Unlock the Power to fundraising success. The nation's largest free recycling fundraising program, FundingFactory offers free technology, sports & recreation equipment, playground systems and even cash in exchange for empty inkjet & laser cartridges and used cell phones.

HopeLine Phone Recycling Program
An exclusive program that uses wireless services and equipment to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations. Used phones can be returned to any Verizon Wireless retail store nationwide. Nearest store: 780 Montague Expressway, Suite 106, San Jose, 382-7077.

Recycle Wireless Phones
Most cell phone companies will now take back and recycle most cell phones and their accessories, such as battery chargers. Check here for how and where to recycle.

The Support Network for Battered Women
Sunnyvale. Collects old cell phones, reprograms them and distributes them to victims of domestic violence, allowing women to call the police in a domestic emergency. Cell phones with or without batteries and chargers can be dropped off on-site, Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM. Our address is: 1257 Tasman Drive, Suite C, Sunnyvale, CA 94089. 08-541-6100 x 117


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