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How long can you talk on a GSM network?

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by bobolito, May 11, 2004.

  1. bobolito

    bobolito Diamond Senior Member
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    I was trying to measure the real talktime on my V400 and I noticed the connection drops at exactly 4:00:00 hours and the battery was still showing full charge. I guess they have some kind of feature to disconnect you at 4 hours. I guess I would have to reconnect again to find out how long it takes to drain the battery. But the problem is I am sleeping and don't know when the phone disconnects. What's the longest anyone has been continuously connected without dropping the connection?
     
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  2. Matt

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    Well, T-Mobile cuts off a 2 hours I think so I don't think you'll get any input from their customers.
     
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  3. bobolito

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    But since we share the T-Mobile network here with Cingular, wouldn't T-Mobile have the same limit set at 4 hours like Cingular? Maybe there's a way they can have it set separately so they each can have their own limit, but I don't know.
     
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    I don't know.....
     
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    I read somewere that Motorola builds into there phones an option that automaticly cuts of the phone after either 2 or 4 hours. The reasoning behind this suposedly is God forbid you mistakenly call and leave the line open that long. Is there any truth to this?
     
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    Is that why? I was wondering why they would cut you off after a certain period of time. It would help some people but I think that would get annoying if you used the phone for long business calls or as a modem. That seems kind of weird to me. Like Dru, I'd like to know if anyone knows the skinny on this.
     
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  7. bobolito

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    Well, a call dropped every 4 hours is really nothing to be concerned about. Just dial again. But if it is built into the phone, then I will just try another phone to see how long it goes. I was surprised, though, that the V400 went the entire 4 hours and the battery still showed full charge!

    The beauty of having N&W minutes! ;)
     
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    It may not be for the user, for the guy that gets bonuses based on the performance numbers it's not very nice. :pissed:
     
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    Performance numbers on the handset or performance numbers on the network? :confused:
     
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    Network numbers.....some of us get part of our salary based on how well/poor the network runs. Some companies pay bonuses to the Ops/Engineering folks based on target performance numbers. :browani:

    BTW, nice suit Rancid, you little devil you....
     
  11. Shizam76

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    Can I ask, how you guys are getting a call to stay connected for 4 hours? What are you doing..LoL... :dunno:

    I can't think of a phone number I can dial that will allow me to stay connected for that long...nevermind getting kicked off by the cell company.
     
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    I could never test this with my Verizon A310, the battery charge can almost make it though a 1/2 day with about 1 1/2 hours of sporadic calling...
     
  13. bobolito

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    I guess the Cingular/T-Mobile engineers in North NJ aren't getting many bonuses. :biggrin:
     
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    It's called "Night and Weekend Minutes"....hehe
     
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    You may want to switch to a GSM carrier to experience better battery life. ;)
     
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    Or buy an extra battery. ;)
     
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    Are you actually talking to someone for the 4 hours? Or are you just dialing a number and leaving your phone on the night stand while you go to sleep?
     
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    I haven't talked to anyone on the phone for 4 hours since I was in high school.
     
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    My wife was on her Verizon phone for 95 minutes on one call. When she started the conversation, the phone was not fully charged, so I plugged in the charger.

    This works at home or in the car.
     
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    I just called my home phone and left the phone open and went to sleep. In the morning I checked to see how long the last dialed call lasted and it said exactly 4 hours and the battery meter was still showing all 3 bars!

    Sometimes I can be on the phone for that long. That's how I discovered the Toshiba VM4050 on Sprint does the same thing. It cut my conversation with my friend at exactly 4 hours. My friend was using the VM4050 and I was using my home phone. I believe now this is a phone feature, not a network feature.

    Now, two people have to be REALLY dumb for leaving their phone connected accidentally for an extreme amount of time. If you think about it is nearly impossible for an accident like this to happen. If you are dumb enough not to press "End" at the end of your conversation, what are the chances the person in the other end won't do it? As long as one person hits the "End" button (or hang up if using a home phone), the connection disconnects within a few seconds. And if you are calling an automated system, such as your voicemail, bank, or any other system, they always hang up if you don't respond after a while. Therefore, I believe the reason they build this feature to prevent people from abusing the network, such as some who use their phones as baby monitors because they have unlimited night and weekend minutes.
     
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    But then again, you'll never know how long your battery will really last which was the main purpose of this experiment.
     
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    Etorres777 Life is good for now..
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    LMAO!! I don't think i've ever heard of someone using their cell phone as a baby monitor. That's extremely funny!! :lmao:
     
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    I wonder how that kids gonna turn out...

    "...back when i was growing up, we didnt have cell phones, all our phones were tied to the wall!..."
     
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    hehe....I guess you now know why Cingular doesn't offer unlimited nights and weekends.
     
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    Sorry, can't help with the GSM discussion. But, about the 4hrs being phone originated, I was on the phone for 8hrs one time on Sprint with my 8100, the other person was verizon extended network with Sprint. Hate to see how much that costs Verizon. Not too much later Verizon finally got a new tower. Haha
     
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    Umm...people who use canybar phones and don't know how to lock them can EASILY have a conversation happen unintentionaly.

    Also, NEVER underestimate the stupidity of the American public ;) .
     
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    I can not agree with you any more!
     
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    LOL!.... I have to clarify those were not my words. :D
     
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    i'd reckon that they'll never see a vacation again.... :deadhorse
     
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    i'd never thought about that before, interesting that they will kick you off after a set amount of time.

    i've had my vx4400 on a call once for 6 something hours, dialed a number and fell asleep soon after. I don't know why i wasn't disconnected by the recieving phone but when I woke up in the morning my call timer was still ticking away, thank god for free nights and weekends!
     
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