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An Internet outdial
is a modem
A modem is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. The goal is to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data...
that can be connected to through the Internet
The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide...
and then used to dial a telephone number. Normal outdials will only call local numbers, but a global outdial
, or GOD, is capable of calling long distance. Outdials were once a common and inexpensive method of calling long distance bulletin board system
A Bulletin Board System, or BBS, is a computer system running software that allows users to connect and log in to the system using a terminal program. Once logged in, a user can perform functions such as uploading and downloading software and data, reading news and bulletins, and exchanging...
s, but more recently their use has been severely restricted.