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Events for Entrepreneurs to Attend in 2019

Events for Entrepreneurs - Speaker Conference

Entrepreneurs should be making an effort to attend as many events as possible each year. These events are helpful for industry insights, trends, networking, and giving you a leg-up over …Read More »

Why Inspiring Trust and Trusting Others are Important Leadership Skills

Business Men Shaking Hands Inspire Trust

To trust others and to inspire trust in others is a top trait to look for when finding a leader for your team. It’s not an easy thing to learn; …Read More »

Important Things to Know When Starting A Business

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Starting a new business is an exciting venture and a constant learning experience. Undoubtedly, there will be lessons learned and mistakes made along the way. Still, there are rules every …Read More »

Types Of Digital Marketing For Your Small Business

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Small businesses are known for being creative and finding organic approaches for expanding their company. Most times, those small companies became big once they harnessed the power of digital marketing …Read More »

Call To Action As An Art Form

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Whether your main advertising platform is the internet, television, or printed publications, a call to action (CTA) is necessary to inspire audiences beyond viewing your materials to becoming active participants …Read More »

Is Twitter Still Necessary Business?


Social media is has become an essential tool to bring attention to your business, but the landscape of the virtual social scene can change quickly. There are numerous social media …Read More »

Buying Phone Numbers in Multiple Countries

Global Call Forwarding makes it easy and cost-effective to buy phone numbers in multiple countries. We also provide toll free phone numbers in over 150 countries. The “View Rates” page on the website,, simplifies the process of shopping for and buying phone numbers in multiple countries. Global Call Forwarding even offers a free trial for their numbers.


There are several types of toll free numbers sold by Global Call Forwarding:

  • Toll Free
  • Toll Free Mobile Accessible
  • Toll Free Mobile Accessible (SMS Optional)
  • National
  • Mobile (SMS Optional)
  • Geographic
  • Geographic (SMS Optional)

The types of numbers available, rates and monthly minutes, and additional information and restrictions depend upon the telecommunications systems and regulations of the country with the toll free number. Generally, the National, Mobile, and Geographic rates are lower than the toll free rates. However, like Toll Free numbers, National, Mobile, and Geographic rates are toll free to callers.

World’s 10 Most Populous Nations

The US Census Bureau’s 2018 estimate of the world’s population was 7,452,667,034, and the combined number of people in the 10 most populous nations equal 58% of the world’s population. Therefore, it is instructive to look at these large countries to learn about Global Call Forwarding’s toll free numbers in those countries. The following table shows the world’s 10 most populous countries and their respective populations.


The World’s 10 Most Populous Countries
Rank Country Population Rank Country Population
1 China 1,384,688,986 6 Pakistan 207,862,518
2 India 1,296,834,042 7 Nigeria 195,300,343
3 United States 329,256,465 8 Bangladesh 159,453,001
4 Indonesia 262,787,403 9 Russia 142,122,776
5 Brazil 208,846,892 10 Japan 126,168,156


China has 206.64 million fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 1,364.934 million cellular phones, and 730,723,960 internet users. In China, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free, National, Mobile (SMS Optional), and Geographic numbers that people can buy. Callers may use landlines and fax transmissions when they call the Toll Free number. However, with the National, Mobile (SMS Optional), and Geographic numbers, callers may use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call from other countries. The SMS Optional feature forwards SMS text messages to your predetermined email address.


India has 24.404 million fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 1,127.809 million cellular phones, and 374,328,160 internet users. In India, Global Call Forwarding only offers Toll Free numbers. To make calls, callers may use landlines, pay phones or fax transmissions. They may not use mobile phones or dial the number from another country. In addition, international direct dial (IDD) capability in the caller’s phone is required.

United States

The United States has 121.53 million fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 416.684 million mobile cellular phones, and 246,809,221 internet users. In the United States, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free and Geographic (SMS Optional) numbers. With Toll Free numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, or fax transmissions. However, they cannot dial from another country. In addition, calls from USA pay phones using toll free numbers are subject to a mandatory FCC access fee of $0.69 per call. To use the Geographic (SMS Optional) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call from other countries.


Indonesia has 10,372,912 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 385,573,398 mobile cellular phones, and 65,525,226 internet users. In Indonesia, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free, Toll Free (mobile accessible), and Geographic numbers. With Toll Free numbers, callers can only use landlines and fax transmissions, and international direct dial (IDD) capability in the caller’s phone is required. With Toll Free (mobile accessible) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, and fax transmissions. With Geographic numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries.


Brazil has 41,846,846 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 244,066,759 mobile cellular phones, and 122,841,218 internet users. In Brazil, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free, Toll Free (mobile accessible), Mobile (SMS Optional), and Geographic numbers. With Toll Free numbers, callers can only use landlines and fax transmissions. With Toll Free (mobile accessible) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, and fax transmissions. With Mobile (SMS Optional) and Geographic numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries.


Pakistan has 3,067,911 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 136,489,014 mobile cellular phones, and 31,338,715 internet users. In Pakistan, Global Call Forwarding offers only Geographic numbers, which allow callers to use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries. However, the numbers are restricted to Pakistani nationals, and a copy of the Pakistani National ID card is required.


Nigeria has 154,513 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 154,342,168 mobile cellular phones, and 47,759,904 internet users. In Nigeria, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free (mobile accessible) and Geographic numbers. With the Toll Free (mobile accessible) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, and fax transmissions. With the Geographic numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries.


Bangladesh is in southern Asia, and it shares a 4,142 km border with India, a 271 km border with Burma, and a 508 km seafront on the Bay of Bengal. It is slightly larger than the US state of Pennsylvania. Bangladesh has 772,369 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 126,391,269 mobile cellular phones, and 28,499,324 internet users. Unfortunately, Global Call Forwarding does not sell any numbers in Bangladesh. However, if one desires to establish a local presence in Bangladesh, an Indian number is a reasonable alternative.


Russia has 32,276,615 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 231,393,994 mobile cellular phones, and 108,772,470 internet users. In Russia, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free (mobile accessible) and Geographic numbers. With the Toll Free (mobile accessible) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, but they cannot call the number from other countries. With the Geographic numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries.


Japan has 64,024,938 fixed-line telephone subscriptions, 164,265,142 mobile cellular phones, and 116,565,962 internet users. In Japan, Global Call Forwarding offers Toll Free, Toll Free (mobile accessible), and Geographic numbers. With the Toll Free numbers, callers can only use landlines and fax transmissions. With the Toll Free (mobile accessible) numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, and fax transmissions. With the Geographic numbers, callers can use landlines, mobile phones, pay phones, and fax transmissions, and they can call the number from other countries.

Scammers Steal Phone Numbers from T-Mobile

If you’re using a T-Mobile phone, you may want to watch your bank account.

Mobile cell phone provider T-Mobile is warning its customers about the appearance of a new scam that targets your phone number linked to your bank account. According to T-Mobile, this scam could potentially affect any other service provider (i.e. Verizon) who has provided security information to their bank.

It may seem ironic, but the same security measures used to thwart identity thieves actually create a loophole. Essentially, the scam is a straight-forward exploit of lax security measures: First, scammers obtain your phone number, pretend to be a consumer, and finally transport your number to another phone. The scam works because it takes advantage of how banks and other financial institutions use password-recovery options that are linked to cellphone numbers. These same numbers may also be linked to social media accounts, like Twitter and Facebook, further compounding the complications of identity-theft.

How the Scam Works

The scam all starts with thieves getting your personal information, which includes your name, phone number, email addresses, and possibly your Social Security number. From there, thieves typically take their victim’s T-Mobile phone number by accessing their account information. Combined with their victim’s personal information, they are able to transfer that number to another phone — for T-Mobile users, it can be Metro PCS, a company that is owned by T-Mobile.

According to technology experts, thieves then immediately contact the victim’s bank to reset the password on the victim’s bank account. Banks then provide a verification code sent to the phone number on the scammer’s MetroPCS phone (or another mobile device). Once the new password is set, thieves can transfer funds just as normally as if the victim were doing it themselves.

Users who have experienced this scam typically begin by receiving a text message from T-Mobile, alerting the user that they’ve made changes to their service plan and that their phone number has been transferred to a T-Mobile-related cell service, MetroPCS. However, the scammer has deliberately made this change, transferring the user’s phone number to a new phone and then cutting off service to the user’s phone. Those who get in touch with the cell phone provider naturally inquire about their phone account, which is usually rectified immediately.

While this may just seem like adding insult to injury, there is also has a compounding effect to this approach. For those who may not have a way to immediately get in contact with their financial institution to place a hold, freeze their accounts, and verify the account for suspicious activity, the thieves get a window of opportunity to transfer money from the bank account to another. By the time most customers begin to investigate their account activity and get their phones back online, the scammers have already moved on. It has been reported that this entire process only takes a few minutes, showing the speed and sophistication of the attack.

What makes this recent wave of identity theft especially possible is an app known as Zelle. Recently, banks have been offering a free money-transfer service via Zelle to process the transactions smoothly between other bank accounts. To use this service, people register their email addresses or phone numbers to verify their Zelle account — which creates the perfect opportunity for thieves to gather a customer’s private information. While Zelle’s purpose is to facilitate easy transfers of money between accounts, it may be too easy for scammers to empty an account in short order.

What Can Customers Do to Protect Themselves?

As with any scam or unusual account activity, it typically falls on the shoulders of the customer to be vigilant. This includes the normal preventative measures of not providing their personal information to untrustworthy sources, shredding documents, and creating passwords online that are hard to crack. In most cases, when the scam has been caught early, consumers have been able to mitigate their losses and stop the unwanted money-transfers.

However, basic preventative measures may not be enough to protect consumers. The extent of the scam has forced T-Mobile and other cell phone service providers to issue an alert to combat this issue. The company has provided a link on its website dedicated to this scam, stating, “Our industry is experiencing a phone number port out scam that could impact you.” Additionally, the Better Business has issued a nationwide alert in an effort to stop the scam that is responsible for stealing thousands of dollars from T-Mobile customers.

To further protect its customers, T-Mobile has been contacting their customers via text message to immediately add extra layers of security protection to their accounts. This new security feature requires any number-porting request to be verified with a special passcode. T-Mobile users are encouraged to call 611 from their T-Mobile phone and create a new 6-to-15-digit passcode to add another barrier to identity thieves. Additionally, T-Mobile suggests that its customers have strong passwords on all of their accounts and ask their bank for any other added security measures, including text-to-PIN authentication or unlinking of their contact information.

For more information on T-Mobile’s security and privacy resources, click here.

According to recent estimates, this scam has been able to siphon anywhere between $1,000 – $3,000 in unwanted transactions per attack, but it may be more widespread than is being reported.

Experts have detected similar bank-verification scams dating back to 2016 and 2017, indicating that this is not the first instance of tech-savvy cellphone crimes that can exploit your bank account via phone. In similar circumstances, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T phone-number verifications from a financial institution were exploited in the same fashion — ill-gotten personal information allowed thieves to pose as a customer and attempt to change information for account transfers.

With newer money transfer services like Zelle and VenMo, transactions can occur rapidly with minimal verification. This may indicate a trend of identity theft that focuses on manipulating security measures for a window opportunity. Despite the industry-wide warnings, there continue to be instances of this scam appearing across the United States, particularly in the Seattle area.

Most Anticipated Marvel Movies 2018

There’s no doubt that 2018 will be a great year for Marvel fans. With the upcoming blockbuster line up, there will be a lot of crime-fighting action to go around. A few stories that viewers are eagerly anticipating, include a young prince coming home to stake his claim as king, the dissolution of the most powerful X-Man on earth, an ending to a bloody civil war, and the hilarious hijinks of a mercenary with his time traveling, one-eyed mutant best friend. These superheroes can’t seem to catch a break, but read on to find out what Marvel has up their
sleeve in these seven new films.

Black Panther – Feb 16

Watch as Chadwick Boseman reprises his role from Captain America: Civil War as, T’Challa, the royal leader of the tech-savvy and wealthy African community of Wakanda. This movie has been rumoured to seamlessly blend current political conversations into the storyline. Don’t be surprised when you start feeling the “fight the power” vibes as you watch an all-star cast of well-trained operatives fight a malicious agency intent on corrupting their peaceful nation.

Avengers: Infinity War – May 4

As far as speculation goes, this movie will continue after the events of Captain America: Civil War, with both sides supposedly still warring with each other, only to come together when an evil menace, Thanos has come to threaten-not only the world-but the entire galaxy. Speaking of galaxies, in an exciting twist the Guardians of the Galaxy members are even slated to appearas shown in this playful finish from the cinematic trailer. But is Thanos’ daughters, Gamora and Nebula ready to go against their mad father?

Deadpool 2 – May 18


In the second Deadpool installment, true comic book fans will get to see their favorite anti-hero in the unlikely team up that made Deadpool rise in popularity in the first place. The “odd-couple” best friends, Wade Wilson, a mentally off-balance mercenary with regenerative healing powers, and Cable, a time-traveling super mutant soldier from the future and son of founding X-Men members, Cyclops and Jean Grey, come together in this film to battle ninjas and the evil Yakuza crime group. Not much is known about the plot at this time, but Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are returning for the sequel; plus, mutants Domino – Cable’s on-again, off-again love interest- and Black Tom Cassidy will also appear in the fourth-wall breaking film.

Ant Man and The Wasp – July 6

The Wasp, played by Evangeline Lilly, shares the title in this action/comedy alongside Paul Rudd AKA Ant Man. In very exciting news, Michelle Pfeiffer will be debuting as Janet Van Dyne, the original Wasp from the “Tales to Astonish” series created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee in the 1960s. While Lilly and Rudd will be doing most of the fighting, it is exciting that this movie won’t be ignoring the old school comic book storyline. You can expect a funny and feel-good plot that will continue Scott Lang’s story after Captain America: Civil War.

Venom – October 5

Venom, a character made infamous by the Amazing Spider-Man comic books, headlines in his first solo movie starring Tom Hardy. From the confirmed R-rating, it seems like this film will be a dark and suspenseful thriller- a huge departure from the usual upbeat MCU. From what is shown in these recently released pictures from set, the movie will be taking a few cues from the comic books- such as an alien symbiote suit falling down to earth and attaching itself to an unsuspecting victim- but some things, like Eddie Brock’s (Venom’s) career as a photojournalist will not be his backstory. It has been surmised that he will be portrayed as a former soldier.
Hardy will share the big screen with stars, including Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams, and Woody Harrelson.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – November 2

Finally, it’s the ladies turn to take a starring role in the MCU. Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner will reprise her role from X-Men: Apocalypse as the powerful telepath, Jean Grey. This movie is sure to be an epic installment from the widely popular X-Men franchise and will closely follow the original Phoenix Saga plot from the comic books. This film took an entire year to work on post production, which means one thing is for sure; the visual effects are going to be breathtaking. That’s good news considering the main character is a giant flaming bird.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – December 14

This film is the only computer animated movie on this list, and it will focus on a web-slinger that we’ve yet to be introduced to in the MCU. Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, headlines this movie as the new Spider-Man. He took up the moniker because of his arachnid-like super powers, and on account of his universe’s Peter Parker suffering an untimely death. However, he soon finds out that the universe is much bigger than he could have ever imagined. Check out the official trailer by Sony here:

Call Recording Regulations for Forex Trading and International Banks

In recent days, compliance regulations and requirements for traders and banks have been expanding dramatically due to leveraged technology and the need for accountability and higher standards. Due to these new regulations, Global Call Forwarding has increased our long-term call recording storage up to 6 years to enable easy access and a trustworthy platform for banks and Forex traders. As a result, these changes ensure that traders, banks, and contact centers are in full compliance with every new regulatory requirement.

Naturally, governments around the world have stepped in to increase regulations to combat ever-widening capabilities of corruption by forcing companies to expand their recordkeeping capabilities via audio. Because traders and bankers are now required to record and archive voice communications, Global Call Forwarding understands the need to have these recordings easily available on demand in the event a dispute should arise. Due to the highly sensitive nature of such calls, we offer the safest security standards. Our platform makes it simple to access and download calls kept in storage with the simplest navigation.

Globally, call recording is becoming required across a multitude of industries for the purpose of record keeping. This is why long-term storage is such a necessary service. Consider the following examples:

  • As of January 1, 2018, the markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has now required stockbrokers to compulsorily keep a record of orders placed by clients from January 1, 2018. This mandate includes phone recordings. This puts the burden of proof on the broker to produce documentation for trade disputes that may be unauthorized.
  • As of August 31, 2017, the FDIC has ruled that banks and other financial institutions must keep recordings (and other documentation) of “suspicious activity” for 5 years from the date of filing a suspicious activity report (SAR).
  • In Europe, under the General Data Protection Regulation, bankers and traders are required to keep recordings or face steep penalties as a consequence. For firms that don’t comply, they can be fined €10,000 per infraction. However, these fines can reach up to a staggering €20 million or 4% of a firm’s annual revenue.

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Why Do You Need to Record Your Calls?

It’s obvious that brokers and bankers should take these new regulations seriously and record/ store their calls immediately. Here are a few reasons you should consider:

  • The Price of Noncompliance: As mentioned before, the price of noncompliance can be high. If traders or banks don’t record their calls, they could potentially be hit with significant fines or potentially lose their license. Even for companies that are willing to roll the dice when it comes to avoiding potential audits, the risk of being unable to conduct business is a significant deterrent against not integrating call recording services into your business.
  • Maintaining Your Public Image: In the Information Age, having records and proof is often an essential part of your business. Therefore, call recording needs to be at the forefront of your business strategy. Staying ahead of the curve, and in line with regulations can keep your business away from negative outcomes and any possible disasters that await unprepared banks and traders if they choose not to take the necessary precautions in long-term storage of their calls.
  • Peace of Mind: Even without such regulations, call recording services are an excellent way to ensure that your business is accountable internally. Consider a few of the advantages, including the ability to verify suspicious activity from customers and the ability to ensure your employees maintain accountability for adhering to your company’s standards of ethics.

Quality of Recording Services Matters

Not all call recording services are created equal. Consider the ramifications of having lesser-quality recording services that cannot be trusted when you need them most.

Hypothetically, what would happen if you discover that some of your recorded calls aren’t audible or are missing? By the time that you discover these anomalies, your records may be, in fact, missing thousands of calls. Sometimes, stored calls need to be accessed immediately, and if you can’t trust the storage system, you may run into some serious trouble. By most standards of legislation, not having the recording document is the same as not having made the effort to record them in the first place.

And even if there is an attempt to find the information, many auditors request recorded calls typically within 60 days. With this short time frame, your company may not be able to respond quickly enough to avoid violating the law.

How Global Call Forwarding Can Help

No one wants to lose their license or be fined over a simple mistake. To avoid these possibilities, it is so important that you have a quality service provider that can help you store your calls and provide instant access when you need it. However, we cannot stress enough that this service needs to be top-notch. This is precisely why so many businesses rely on Global Call Forwarding, especially when it comes to call recording for Forex trading and international banks.

Global Call Forwarding’s easy to use technology ensures that all calls required to be recorded for legislation and regulatory purposes are recorded with high-quality content, and are not inaudible. To help Forex traders and banks to comply with these new requirements, we have increased our long-term call recording storage capacity to ensure absolute peace of mind.

In addition to the increase in Global Call Forwarding’s long-term call recording storage capabilities, our platform provides customers the ability to store calls for up to 6 years and access each recorded call with an easy-to-navigate user interface. With only a few clicks, recorded calls can be easily accessed for listening or downloading through a highly secure online control panel. Multiple levels of redundancy ensures safe and secure storage of recorded calls. Best of all, our customers can combine call recording and long-term storage with the ability to reach international markets by utilizing local and/ or toll free numbers available in over 140 countries on our network

How Many Phone Numbers Are Prime?

About Prime Numbers

Remember doing middle school math? That was around the time we started learning about complex algorithms, multiplication, long division, and prime numbers. If you can recall, a prime number is a natural number (also called a whole number) that is greater than 1 and cannot be formed by multiplying two other smaller numbers together. This means that prime numbers cannot be decimals or fractions, either.


For example, the first ten prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23 and 29. Ten is not considered a prime number, for instance, because when you multiply two smaller numbers together, 5 and 2, you get ten. The number 1 is not a prime number, and two is the only even number in existence that is considered prime. 13 is a prime number because the only way to get this result through multiplication is 13 X 1. It takes some practice, but it’s easy to get the hang of it once you get started!

Though you may not inherently “know” a number is prime just by looking at it, there are larger prime numbers as well. Numbers such as 739, 853, and even 997 are all prime. In fact, it is calculated that billions of numbers are prime, so it’s impossible to list them all in a single place. It’s not just 3 digit numbers, 10 digit numbers are also included. This means that it’s very likely for a person’s telephone number to also be a prime number.

Calculating Prime Numbers

At times, a number can be so large that it is difficult to determine if it’s prime right away, just upon visual examination. However, there are some websites that allow you to enter a number of any size and see whether or not it’s prime. This is the easiest way to figure it out. If a number is not prime, this website resource will actually tell you which numbers it is divisible by.

If you would rather do things by hand, and tend to be fascinated by the process, prime factorization is a commonly known practice. This is another method taught in school to see which numbers multiply together to make the original number. All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil.

First, let’s take the number 24 as a simple example. 24 is divisible by 4 and 6. Neither of these numbers is prime, so you must branch this out even further:

2 X 2 = 4 and 2 X 3 = 6

The results, 2 and 3, cannot be broken down again, so we don’t need to add any more steps. Instead, we can conclude that the prime factorization of 24 is 2 X 2 X 2 X 3.

However, when working with large 10 digit numbers, prime factorization may not be the best route to take since this will require many more “breakdowns” and a longer amount of time to do the work. If you are privy to mathematics and have a knack for solving problems, you can also do the calculations yourself. While there is no complete “pattern” for discovering prime numbers, there are a few different formulas that can help.

First, there is a formula founded on Wilson’s theorem. This states that if integer p > 1, then (p – 1)! + 1 is divisible by p if p is prime. An integer is a whole number that is either positive (1, 2, 3) or negative (-1, -2, -3).

There are several other more complicated formulas for figuring out if a number is prime as well. One of these is Matiyasevich’s theorem, which explains: “Because the set of primes is a computably enumerable set, by, it can be obtained from a system of Diophantine equations.” In mathematics, a Diophantine equation contains two or more “unknowns.” Another individual, James Jones, discovered a set of 14 Diophantine equations which could work if a given number k + 2 is prime, if and only if the system produces a natural number. Check out this Wikipedia page to see each of these 14 formulas.

Prime Telephone Numbers

Once you start making calculations on your own, you might get curious enough to wonder if your own telephone number is a prime. Actually, it was a man named Michael Lugo who pointed out that the telephone number in the famous song “Jenny”, 867-5309, is a prime number (8,675,309). This song was on the Billboard Top Ten in the year 1982. This began a small trend of others wanting to see if they had a “famous” prime telephone number.

So just how many U.S. phone numbers are prime? The fastest method is to conduct a search online of all 10 digit prime numbers. However, this is not necessarily the most accurate way to do this. Ones of the reasons why is because not all 10 digit numbers in existence have been assigned to a landline or mobile number.

According to mathematics and applications writer Kevin Knudson, you can “denote by π(x) the number of primes less than or equal to x.” Again, you have to rule out some phone numbers from the equation. Not only for the reason listed above but also because not all 10 digit numbers are phone numbers. For example, the number 1 cannot begin an area code.

Knowing all of this information, the range we are actually looking at is 200-200-0000 and 999-999-9999.

According to Knudson, the equation is “π(9999999999) ≈ 434,294,481 and π(2002000000) ≈ 93,475,343.” It is a little difficult to solve on paper ourselves, so he did the math for us. This equals out to about 340,819,138 prime phone numbers. If you would rather read that figure as a percentage, that is 4.2% total of all American phone numbers or one out of 25.

For those who do not own a prime phone number, but want one, it’s possible to buy your own custom number from a vanity service. Either way, aren’t you glad we did the math for you?

Thailand Fights Caller ID Spoofing by Scammers

You may have heard of phishing – the fraudulent act of sending out emails, which pretend to be from a reputable company, in an attempt to obtain personal information such as bank account details, social security numbers, or credit card details. But you may not yet have heard of vishing. Vishing or voice phishing is a similar type of scam but using telephone calls rather than emails, in an attempt to dupe unsuspecting victims into giving up money or confidential information. The practice is becoming common all over the world and has seen excessive activity in some countries, such as Thailand.

After a recent revival of vishing scams in Thailand, some of the country’s top Telecommunications companies have been instructed to jam 50 phone numbers which have repeatedly been used by fraudulent callers to con their victims out of money. The service providers have been allowed just eight weeks to devise a system to prevent caller-ID faking using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

The mandate was issued in January 2018 after a meeting was held between the Royal Thai Police, the Thai National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), and the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo), as well as six major Thai telecom service providers. According to Thai authorities, the groups agreed on several strategies to protect consumers from transnational vishing gangs who have been using VoIP networks.

The groups of scammers have been trying to dupe their victims by using numbers which belonged to courthouses, police stations, and post offices. They were making the calls from VoIP networks and using software to conceal the original caller ID. The number that the recipient sees is a fake number.

The scammers pretend to be state officials, police officers, or bank clerks. They make false accusations against their unsuspecting victims about debts or drugs to try to intimidate them into giving up money or their personal information.

Though the six telecom companies have been ordered to block the fifty numbers, they must also come up with a more permanent solution. Their answer is to create a system which will maintain a record of all calls made using VoIP networks and to detect the caller’s real identity. This system is supposed to be in place by the beginning of April 2018. Henceforth, all incoming calls using the VoIP network mush show their real caller ID so that people who receive the calls can verify them. Within two months, the whole system will be completely upgraded, and gangs using fake numbers will no longer be able to operate.

The six Thai telecommunications providers involved in the task force are Triple T Broadband (3BB), CAT Telecom, TOT, Total Access Communication (DTAC), Advanced Info Service (AIS), and True Move. So far fifty numbers have been logged as being used to scam victims. Since December 2017, eleven Thai victims were conned out of a total of 8 million baht. Thai authorities were able to retrieve 1.6 million baht from the scammers and return it to the victims.

How the Thai Vishing Scams Typically Work

The scammer, posing as a bank employee or police officer informs the call recipient that he or she is suspected of having committed a money-related crime, such as laundering money. The scammer then asks the victim for information to verify their innocence and instructs them to go to an ATM to perform a “checking procedure.” The scammers tell the victim that the procedure is to prevent them from having their bank account frozen. However, the procedure results in the victim unwittingly transferring money into an account set up by the vishing gang.

The police warn that the gangs frequently change their tactics. Some of the more recent scams have involved the use of forged arrest warrants. The police have issued more than 200 real arrest warrants for members of vishing gangs, and so far, 162 perpetrators have been arrested.

In a related incident, the Thai police have been investigating several commercial banks after a 24-year-old Thai woman, Nicha Kiartthanapaiboon, allegedly had her identity stolen. Ms. Nicha reported that identity thieves used her ID card to open nine accounts within seven different banks. The scammers used the account to handle money which was obtained through a call center scam. Ms. Nicha was charged in connection with the crime, although she maintains her innocence. Thai authorities are investigating the commercial banks where the accounts were opened to assess if the financial institutions were negligent in following the proper authentication processes. If the banks are found to have flouted the rules, they can face fines of up to 1 million baht.

The New Wave of Vishing Scams

No matter what country you live in, you can still be targeted by vishing scammers. It is important to note that this type of scam is becoming more and more sophisticated. These days just by answering a scammer with a simple “yes,” can lead to unwanted subscription charges, call charges, and sign-ups that will be billed on your next monthly bank statement. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of caller ID spoofing is to know what to look out for so you can avoid giving your personal information to the wrong people.

How to Catch a Vish

Vishing scammers often offer services, products or fake prizes which are grossly exaggerated, before asking for your personal information to get money out of you. Red flags include:

  • An offer from a company you do not do business with, or you have never heard of
  • A notification that you have won a prize from a competition you did not enter
  • Assurance of unrealistic returns on your money
  • Pressure to make an immediate decision or to follow instructions such as:
  • Give money
  • Give up personal information
  • Give banking details
  • Give information about your business
  • Threats (such as fines or legal action) if you fail to provide the information requested
  • Unprofessional manner or language
  • Unsolicited calls with offers to help you with unpaid taxes or other debt

You can find out more about vishing, phishing, and other kinds of scams at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Interesting Facts We Know and You Don’t

Ready to learn 17 interesting and fun facts? Whether you’re fascinated by computers or human behavior, you’ll enjoy these random tidbits of information. Pick your favorites and share them with friends!


  1. Some people can scroll Facebook and simply go on with their day. Others are constantly online to share their status updates and to keep an eye on their feed due to fear of missing out, also known as FOMO. If you’ve ever thought you might be addicted to Facebook, you could be right. Facebook Addiction Disorder is now an actual disorder that can be treated by a psychologist.
  2. Fiction writers have the power to change people as they read. Readers relate to fictional characters and take on the traits of the character to be part of the story. This is called “experience-taking.”
  3. You can play Atari breakout in Google Images by simply Googling the words “Atari Breakout.” Once you click the images tab, the game begins. Be warned, this game is a classic for a reason and can quickly become addictive.
  4. The physical definition of money would be the paper we hold in our hands and pass to others as payment for a good or service. Today, only 8% of the money being circulated can be held in our hands because most currency is now exchanged with computers. The money that you use to pay for things from a debit card, credit card (or online services such as PayPal), is stored by computer systems that processes each payment. These payment programs also update the amount of money you have left in the system. Quick, easy, and organized, virtual money has replaced cash as the norm.
  5. Let’s say you decide to flip a coin. The likelihood that it will land on the side it was facing before you flipped it is 51%.
    Why is Search Engine Optimization so important to so many companies? This is because over 75% of these searchers rarely go beyond the first Search Engine Results Page (SERP). Our minds are less interested in the content that doesn’t show up first because we believe the first page of search results is most informative and trustworthy.
    Does it seem like your children are always asking you questions? That’s because they are. Small children are so inquisitive that they often ask more than 400 questions a day.
  6. On average, humans blink 20 times a minute. When we get on the computer, we only blink 7 times each minute because we’re so focused on what we’re reading. This change in normal human functioning may be the reason people get dry eyes after being on the computer for long periods of time.
  7. Type “do a barrel roll” in Google search. Google will listen, and you can watch your page roll. This trick is a great way to add in some visual fun as you do online research.
  8. Taking a selfie could be more dangerous than you think. In 2015, more people died from selfie-related injuries than shark attacks. To clarify, shark attacks are not as common as you may think. 2015 set a new record for attacks with 98 attacks around the world and six deaths. Still, be careful when and where you take your selfies!
  9. We all know the delicious cereal starring the famous Cap’n Crunch. But what’s his real name? Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  10. We know that Monday may not be your favorite day of the week, but let’s try to change our mindsets about the beginning of the work week. As it turns out, Monday is the day that most people have heart attacks. Heart disease is common in our society. Whether Monday attacks are coincidence or induced by the stress of Monday tasks has yet to be determined.
  11. We often overlook them, but there are more ants than humans on our planet. If you compared the combined weight of all ants and all people, the ants would weigh more.
  12. No matter how great of a multitasker you may be, you simply cannot do some things at the same time. For example, it’s impossible to sneeze while keeping your eyes open. Do you snore or have dreams? You may do both, but you can’t snore and dream at the same time.
  13. Avocados are delicious and good for most of us, but not every living creature can enjoy their health benefits. Avocados possess a toxin called persin. Persin kills birds, cattle, and other large animals.
  14. Animals can be monogamous in their relationships. Swans, along with many other birds, choose to be with one partner and won’t mate with another swan. They experience deep sadness when a mate dies and will not choose a new partner for years.
  15. Left-handed people are unique thinkers and often have to adjust to standard equipment made for right-handed users. This can pose a problem for some lefties. More than 2,500 left-handed people die annually from using equipment incorrectly because it was made for right-handers.

Vacation Days and Productivity in the U.S. vs. Other Countries

Paid Vacation Days in the United States

The United States is the only developed country in the world where paid time off is not required.


Yes, you read that correctly. Though the average American takes off about ten days off per year, none of them are actually required by law. While The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does offer standard benefits such as basic wages and overtime pay, it does not entitle employees to paid time off. Not for vacations, not for holidays, and most disturbingly, not for those facing any illnesses.

Instead, employers have the option to make individual contract agreements between themselves and their workers. However, this tends to be problematic for a number of reasons. For example, under this system, two employees with the same amount of job experience can still have an unequal amount of paid leave. This opens the door to favoritism or prejudice. More than that, many people will often avoid using their paid vacation out of fear of losing their job.

U.S. Federal employees have situations that prove to be a little better than the rest of the country. Depending on seniority, the government offers a standard amount of time for vacations and breaks. In addition to that, they are all given time off for ten federal holidays a year.

Americans have been proposing Congress mandate a solution to this dilemma for years, suggesting a minimum of at least two weeks. However, experts agree it’s just not likely that this will be resolved in the near future.

Paid Vacation Days in Other Countries

In contrast, every single country in the European Union, including Sweden, Italy, and France, have at least four mandatory weeks of paid vacation a year. There are differences based on individual government mandates. However, countries that rank the highest in terms of satisfaction are generally in these areas. Here is a breakdown of some of the other more successful ones:

New Zealand: 30 days off
Italy: 30 days off
Belgium: 30 days off (after they work for their employer for at least one year)
France: 31 days off
Spain: 34 days off
Germany: 34 days off
Portugal: 35 days off
Austria: 35 days off

Austria wins the prize for the most amount of time off, with 13 paid holidays and 22 paid vacation days. Additionally, if a person has at least 25 years job experience, they are entitled to more.

There are other ways international businesses are attempting to make improvements for workers. For instance, France has had a 35-hour work week since the year 1999. Recently they have introduced new legislation that encourages employees to turn off their work phones and avoid emails during their time off.

Sweden is also considering shorter working days for their residents. It is reported that their 6 hour work days could make people happier and healthier than ever.

Finally, other countries desire to take parental leave more seriously. While the U.S. offers no mandatory parental leave, Denmark provides nursery care for all citizens so that mothers and fathers alike can have a better work-life balance. New parents are given one year of paid leave after they have a child, or if they have adopted a child. Finland has also made it a law that parents of smaller children are able to use subsidized child care centers.

Vacation Days Directly Linked to Productivity

So what is stopping the United States from adopting these same laws and ordinances for citizens? It could be that employers fear that time off equals more expenses they simply cannot afford. This is especially true for smaller enterprises and startups trying to compete with much larger organizations. Some offices would need to hire replacements or have employees work overtime to make up for that “lost” time. But hundreds of studies prove that workers are overall more productive with increased vacation time.

In a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for Project: Time Off, HR managers believe that taking vacation time leads to greatly improved performance (75%) and better job satisfaction (78%). In other words, vacation gives a person the chance to “recharge their batteries” and mentally rest from their job. When they finally return to their desk, morale (and overall productivity) is improved.

Time away from an office setting also gives people a chance to tap into their creative side. This is especially important for those who frequently face complicated challenges at work. Rest can stimulate new ideas to solve old problems by helping individuals gain new clarity. It is an excellent way to refresh or renew motivation.

The Case For Businesses to Invest in Paid Vacations

It’s not just the employees who stand to gain from mandatory paid vacations in the United States. Organizations will also see long-term advantages. When they invest in time off for their workers, they see the results in terms of work quality after they return. Not only that, there are a lot of cost savings involved.

How does this work? Employees tend to feel more valued when offered a certain amount of time away from their desk, and organizations with happier workers will see less turnover. A high turnover rate incurs high costs. Every time you lose an employee, Human Resources must spend time with the process of interviews, onboarding, and training. This takes up not only time but also money. In fact, every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it actually costs them, on average, 6 to 9 months of that person’s salary. So even if that person was making only $40,000 per year, a business stands to lose at least $20,000 in resources.

When employees have the flexibility of paid vacation days, they are much less likely to “call in sick” at the last minute unexpectedly. They feel more empowered to take care of themselves and their personal needs in their own time.

Finally, paid time off gives employers a strategy to attract more experienced workers. For example, a company offering a standard three-week vacation will help you recruit the best and the brightest in the industry, especially if a competitor only offers ten days.

International Forwarding for Google Voice and Skype

If you’re someone who frequently travels overseas, particularly for business, you are probably familiar with the complications and expenses of your mobile service provider’s international roaming and data charges. While you might be able to disconnect when you’re taking a relaxing vacation, these days when you’re traveling overseas for business, having access to a reliable communication network is essential. Being disconnected during the middle of a business call is simply unacceptable. The problem is, most mobile service providers realize this so they hike up their fees for international plans. However, don’t think you don’t have other options. You don’t have to bust your budget to stay in touch when you’re abroad; the internet offers a couple of very affordable and efficient alternatives.


What are Google Voice and Skype?

Google Voice and Skype are both VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone services. As such, they send and receive calls via the internet between people who are on the same platform or between the platform and a landline or mobile phone.

Google Voice

When you sign up for a Google Voice number, you will be able to make and receive calls from within the Gmail platform. This service is also integrated with Google Hangouts. You can also send text messages from within Gmail, and it won’t cost anything. Here’s a rundown of Google

Voice features:

Video chat: this is available only with Google’s plug-in installation called Voice and Video Chat.

Free international calling: this service is not included.

Unlimited domestic calls: this service is available.

Single platform integrated voice, video and IM: this is not available in a single platform; you have to add Google’s Voice and Video Chat plug-in.

  • Free SMS: only domestic SMS is free.
  • Free voicemail: available.
  • Free voicemail transcription: available.
  • Free call recording: this is available for incoming but not outgoing calls.
  • Free call blocking: this is available.
  • Free individual phone number: this is available.
  • Requires a phone plan: You do need a phone plan to use Google voice, though you may use Google Voice and Video Chat for free if you are connected to the internet.
  • Free group video chat: This is available but only on Google+ hangouts.
  • Place 911emergency calls: this is not available.
  • The corporate version of this service: this is not available.

Skype is one of the most widely used VoIP platforms in the world, and it has been widely popular for almost a decade. Though there were other means of chatting and communicating over the internet before Skype, this platform really changed global communication for the better.

Skype has made it easy and affordable to communicate with others all over the world with the easiest access. It’s simple to use and offers a user-friendly and cost-effective way to stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues, wherever you are in the world and whenever you are traveling overseas. You can use Skype on your Mac, PC, iPhones and Android devices. You can connect with other Skype users via the internet for free. If you are calling a landline or a mobile number there are varying fees depending on the location you are calling.

  • Video chat: Skype allows video conferencing.
  • Free international calling: only direct calls from one Skype user to another are free.
  • Unlimited domestic calls: you may make domestic calls for free from one Skype user to another, but you will have to pay for a Skype subscription to make calls to landlines and mobile phones. The rate will be charged per minute and will depend on the country you are calling.
  • Single platform integrated voice, video and IM: this is available.
  • Free SMS: you must purchase credits to send text messages. The rate will vary depending on the country you are sending to.
  • Free Voicemail: available.
  • Free Voicemail transcription: this will cost you 25 cents/ message.
  • Free call recording: this is not available.
  • Free call blocking: available.
  • Free individual phone number: in the U.S. you may purchase a number for a three-month period for the price of $18. The Skype Premium plan also allows users a 33% discount for three months on their numbers and a 50% discount for a year.
  • Requires a phone plan: this is not necessary because you can connect via the internet.
  • Free group video chat: this is not available. In order to have group video chats, you must subscribe to Skype Premium. The cost will vary depending on your country.
  • Place 911 emergency calls: this is not available.
  • The corporate version of this service: to obtain this you must purchase a subscription to Skype for Business. The cost will vary depending on the size of your company. This version features group calling, less expensive calls, contact with non-Skype customers and, collaborative functions.
International Call Forwarding

Google Voice offers free call forwarding using (Public Switched Telephone Network [PSTN] integration). Skype users have the option of call forwarding with certain paid subscriptions. However, if you wish to take advantage of international call forwarding, you will need to purchase a virtual international number from a third party and have the calls routed to your Google Voice or Skype number.

What are Virtual International Numbers?

A virtual phone number is not like any other phone number. This type of number is most often used to forward calls to businesses. As such, a virtual number is more of a redirect route which passes through a service, rather than an actual phone number. Virtual international numbers allow you to connect with overseas customers without having to change your main contact number. It allows customers from all over the world to contact you via a local toll-free number, providing you with a virtual presence all over the world. This method is advantageous because it facilitates global communication and gives overseas customers confidence in your company and your brand.

No matter where in the world you are trying to reach out to, international forwarding will allow you to offer a toll-free number for clients to reach you, eliminating their need to use confusing international dialing codes and pay expensive international calling fees. Not only will you build your global presence, but you will also seem like a local company in many different countries.

The Most Clever Business Cards In The World

Why Use Business Cards?

While we are living in an increasingly digital world, business cards still matter. This is because networking can happen at any time and any location, including a person’s own circle of friends. They are especially convenient if you want to make a good first impression but happen to be out of the office and caught off guard. Having a business card on hand helps you find new opportunities, relationships, and sales when needed. Having one is much more professional than jotting your name down on a scrap of paper with a pen.

However, this traditional method of networking doesn’t need to look traditional. A well-designed business card can do wonders in terms of key people remembering your name when the time comes. The balance is that the card must include both form and function. If it looks a little too “out there,” your contact will be too distracted to remember who you are or what you do. If it is too boring, you will be forgotten altogether. Below you can view some of the most popular and clever business cards in the industry and a few tips on how to make yours even better.

The World’s Most Clever Business Cards

How do the following companies promote their brands in a clever way?

  • Dorota Pankowska is an artist who makes use of swirly patterns for her business cards made out of real, working crayons. She used a laser cut acrylic prototype to make the molds.
  • The Tatumi store sells temporary tattoos online. Each of their business cards comes with one temporary tattoo. The tattoo displays their logo and a couple of unique designs.
  • This fitness trainer’s card has the image of a larger person with a sticker over it. When you peel the sticker off, it reveals a smaller, slimmer person! This creatively demonstrates the trainer’s ability to help people lose unwanted weight.  
  • James A.W. Mahon is a divorce lawyer. For his business card, he created a perforated edge down the middle. This way, the card is easily torn in two and both spouses can each have his information on hand.
  • This Pilates studio’s card looks like a standard rectangle at first. However, you can pull out the head, arms, and legs to reveal a dancing person. The tagline is “Wake up your body!”

By the way, did you know that business cards can be made of edible materials? This online shop allows you to make cards out of peanuts, beef jerky, cookies, and more.

How to Make Your Business Card More Clever

Think of a business card as having your own personal marketing campaign. You can customize cards so that they convey the exact impression you want to give. After all, the ultimate goal is to get contacted by a prospect, so there are definite ways to make improvements.

  1. Materials. Think about the different types of materials you can use in place of paper. A Brazilian cheese shop called Bon Vivant, for example, created a miniature cheese grater as their standard business card. It is an actual, working cheese grater made of metal that you can take home and cook with.

Another way to incorporate creative with materials is shown through Momento Bricks. These are stackable 3D bricks made of plastic. Even though these bricks are a little less “practical,” everyone can agree it’s a material worth remembering. Place your name, email, or website at the front for a more fun representation of what you do.

  1. Shapes. Standard business cards are traditionally rectangles or squares, but in this case, feel free to think outside of this box. One business, in particular, created an actual Ninja star as their business card. The creator of this card explains how they were inspired by old kung-fu movies and the ninja stars used as weapons. The material is quite safe, however. Even though the shape is unique, the star is made out of dense silver cardboard.

Another card, made for a company that sells staircases, has the unique shape of, well, stairs! The logo and corporate branding are placed at the front of the card while a QR code on the bottom links the user to the website where they can find additional information about the company.

  1. Interaction. Give someone the chance to really connect with your card. This polaroid heat sensitive card was created by a Viennese photo producer. The cards are layered in black, thermo-sensitive ink. This means that when a person touches them with their skin, a white image develops. So, if you kiss the card, you will see an imprint of your lips a moment later!

When a card is interactive, it can have some practical use as well. This business card for a tire shop allows the user to check the tread on their tires. When the tread is marked low, that means it’s time to go into the shop! The trick is that the “interactive” part of the card coincides with the business that they run. This not only sets them apart from their competitors, their card is also an item that consumers want to keep for future use.

What Goes On My Business Card?

Swapping information should feel like a personal experience, and this is why many believe in the power of in-person networking and a good handshake. A memorable card is also a great icebreaker and conversation starter. Once you’ve figured out the concept of the card, it’s time to get started creating yours. Consider the standard information first:

  • Name and company title (such as manager, director, or CEO)
  • Company name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Website

Of course, not all of this information is necessary. The main takeaway is that someone will know who you are, what you do, and how to get in touch with you. Many professionals also like to write a short tagline if it fits within the borders of the card. Ultimately, what you place on the card is truly up to you and your preferences, so feel free to get creative.