Talk:Blue box

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Dial-up[edit]

Was it possible to get an internet connection with a blue box? If so, is it mentioned in the article? --67.180.161.183(talk)WHY SO SΣRIOUS?23:51, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

No. There was no internet in the early 1990s. —EncMstr (talk) 06:52, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
I have to question the accuracy of your answer. Yes, there was internet. What if you used a blue box to dial in to Compuserve or something? --67.180.161.183(talk)05:07, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
What if? You'd still have to have a log in for Compuserve or whatever ISP you called. Furthermore, most dial-up ISPs were free (local) phone calls. Now, hackers did use blue boxes to avoid call traces or call interesting long distance systems for free, but these were mostly point-to-point connections and the target systems usually didn't have internet anyway. Thesnabber (talk) 23:08, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
The Blue Box was a product of the 1970's and there was next to nothing resembling "the internet." Only a handful of people had access to any sort of computer, much less a remote connection to a computer. The Blue Box was used before the first Personal Computer was invented. Interestingly, John Draper was one of the very few who did have such a remote connection to a computer at the time, but that was technically unrelated to the Blue Box and phreaking. Trackinfo (talk) 07:39, 21 July 2011 (UTC)
Sorry but much of the info above is rubbish. Blueboxing was still going strong in the late '90s and I remember reading at the time that someone was gaoled for a month or two after using blueboxing to connect to dial-up internet - solidly for several weeks at a time (supposedly for online gaming). In fact that small article was what got blueboxing to my attention, although it didn't last much longer! 82.153.111.118 (talk) 08:41, 8 April 2012 (UTC)
Here we go: [1] and for the original article (Daily Telegraph, Thursday 23rd July 1998) that mentions the blue boxing, it's somehow part of an English learning exercise here [2] (page 37).109.176.217.132 (talk) 12:15, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Blue box Authorship[edit]

You cite Steve Wozniak as the author of the Blue Box. But, in this documentary, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u18BAZjUHhE&html5=True , John Draper is cited as the one and only author. What's going on? Please fix — Preceding unsigned comment added by Karenina12345 (talkcontribs) 02:53, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Tufte says he invented it: "In 1962, my housemate and I invented the first blue box." http://danwin.com/2013/01/edward-tufte-aaron-swartz-marvelously-different/. Can someone confirm this? Who was his housemate? Stoeckit (talk) 17:25, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

Birds?[edit]

Phone phreaks used exotic birds to reach 2600? Really? REALLY? GD-it wikipedia....I mean seriously wtf? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.166.158.2 (talk) 13:38, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

HI OK — Preceding unsigned comment added by 103.248.86.247 (talk) 10:04, 3 May 2014 (UTC)