does blue boxing still work? The Payphone Project: does blue boxing still work?

Ihavenohandle on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 11:39 am:

    The only blue box plans i can find are from the
    80's and early 90's. And i got the tone but i
    dono how to use it. How do you use it? yeah and
    i got a question for all of you true phreaks. is
    it your life or is it just a hobby? i can sorta
    imagin someone liveing off stealing from payfones
    but... yeah. somehow i cant.


By Nate on Friday, April 20, 2001 - 02:17 pm:

    blue boxing hasn't worked for a long time.

    most switches are digital now, anyway.

By JboxR on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 12:53 pm:

    Yeah, and you need to upgrade your blue box to a I-Mac-BLUEBERRY box - cuz they're digital an all.

    BTW, what was the blue box supposed to do? I'm too lazy to actually look it up in my "filez." The only box I'm really interested in is the"beige box." Now THERE's one that will never go out of style!

By Maskedtomato on Saturday, April 21, 2001 - 09:20 pm:

    Beige boxes ARE NOT BOXES!!!!!

    Blue boxes (to the best of my knowledge) are supposed to produce the tones that the phone system uses to route calls, etc., and can be used (by someone who knows what he/she's doing) to possibly obtain free phone calls. This does require a great deal of knowledge of the phone system, though.

    However, as stated above, most of the US phone system is digital, no longer using easily-generated tones for routing. Thus the blue box is essentially worthless in the US. In some other countries . . .

By JboxR on Sunday, April 22, 2001 - 02:52 am:

    Okay, okay, the beige "box" doesn't have to be
    (and usually isn't) in a box - I was simply using
    the term as it is commonly used.

    Here in Japan (one of those other countries)
    there are many digital liines, but still PLENTY
    of easily accessable anolog lines.

    Payphones - probably 98% are digital, but you can
    still beige box digitally...

By Terra Force 666 on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 05:23 pm:

    Ok If the fhone System is all digital and the Blue box no longer "works" in the us. Is thear A way to make the blue box Digital as well? I mean they are still useing the same MF tones and the same 2600hz when it was first started by the fone companey am i not right? so why can't we make a blue box that can do all the "digital" tones? If any one knows how this wuld be done e-mail me cuz verizon is getting me pissed. Also I have a PDA called a Cybiko xtreme that allwows me to make .wav files can that be a good sorce of a digital tone? for more info on that.

By Flea on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 - 09:35 pm:

    It doesn't work because they don't use the 2600hz tone anymore. The system is completely different now.

    And sound is always analog, even from a digital source.

By TESSERAKTIS on Saturday, November 15, 2003 - 10:43 pm:

    sorry for the off topicness

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By Lavil on Monday, August 9, 2004 - 02:53 am:

    Phreaking is a lifestyle, not a hobby. Phreaks don't steal payphones. Phreaks learn how the network is put together and how it works.

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