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Idea: ID'ing Sites by Phone Numbers

Discussion in 'Cell Tower Hunting Club' started by Jonathan Kramer, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. Jonathan Kramer

    Jonathan Kramer Telecom Atty/RF Engr.
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    How about an online cross-reference that lists phone numbers on site tags back to the carrier or site owner, sorted by phone number. The way I usually ID a site that has no external names is to call the toll-free number usually listed on the door or gate. I think that would help hunters.

    i.e.,

    800-724-8830 AAT Communications
    800-788-7011 Crown Castle
    800-832-6662 Cingular
    888-563-9835 Nextel
    888-859-1400 Sprint

    What say ye? Would this be useful? How might it get done on the board?

    jlk
     
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  2. Jonathan Kramer

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    Gads! No replies. Was it a bad idea??? jlk
     
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    No it is a good idea. I'm not sure how to do it other than just post the list.

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    This would be an excellent use of the wiki, except that it hasn't really taken off.
     
  5. Jonathan Kramer

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    I'm looking into a very simple database that can link via here. More on that as my research proceeds. jlk
     
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    Joe: How about I post a message that you make sticky at the top. Then as contribution are made I can edit my sticky message to updated it with new phone numbers and names. THat seems like the easy way to do it. -Jonathan
     
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    800-937-2881 Cingular (DE)*
    800-915-5600 Cingular (NC - exBellSouth Mobility DCS)*
    800-832-6662 AT&T Wireless
    800-510-6091 U.S. Cellular
    800-772-8250 Cellular South*
    800-406-0153 Southern LINC*
    888-528-5514 Sprint PCS (Gulf Coast Wireless aka U.S. Unwired)*

    888-218-6664 T-Mobile (MS Gulf Coast/Philly markets - VoiceStream)
    888-4DI-GIPH T-Mobile (MS Gulf Coast - exDigiPH)

    800-473-7780 Alltel (Older)*
    800-345-4484 Alltel (Current)*

    800-264-6620 Verizon Wireless (NOLA, AL/MS Gulf Coast)
    800-621-2622 Verizon Wireless (exGTE Mobilnet VA)
    800-852-2671 Verizon Wireless (exBell Atlantic Mobile)
    800-488-7900 Verizon Wireless*
    800-645-8265 Verizon Wireless*

    800-251-6769 Nextel Communications (NC)*
    888-3NE-XTEL Nextel Communications (Norfolk/Richmond VA)*
    215-408-2626 Nextel Communications (Philly market)*

    * These are marked signs so if you can see the phone number you can see the carriers logo. Included for completeness.

    Interesting exercise. I didn't realize how many different numbers where out there until I dug up my collection of site signage pictures. Perfect use of the wiki though... Okay, I'm spent :)
     
  8. Jonathan Kramer

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    PBW:

    This is great. Thank you!

    We'll figure some way to make this all searchable. In the meantime I hope others chime in on the thread with more.

    Jonathan

     
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    Here are some info for New Zealand:-

    Telecom hardly ever puts their name OR phone number on the equipment shelter. But you can tell who they are from GPS antennas anyway!

    Vodafone generally puts their name and phone number on the equipment shelter. Phone number is usually 0800 777 770. See here for an example of a more recent Vodafone sign that has the phone number but does not name themselves. Most older ones include the word Vodafone.

    If the above is not present, usually you can find a power meter with either VODAFONE or BELLSOUTH. BellSouth sold their NZ network to Vodafone in the late 1990's. Either that or the equipment shelter will have a code starting with VF-xxxx-xx or BS-xxxx-xx.

    Woosh Wireless, like Telecom, does not usually bother to report their name and phone number. However I recently found a site where Woosh had added a sticker with their logo and phone number. Not sure if this is being added to all sites or if it was put on this specific site only at the request of the city council.

    Thats my 2 NZ cents contriubution to this thread. ;-)
     
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    sounds like a great idea, to me.
     
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    Looking back now, I gotta say it is really wierd how many different numbers the carriers have. I understand the bigger Cellular companies were once different parts/different companies, but folks like Nextel and Sprint PCS? Wierd.
     

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