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Using Old Cell Phones...(Tekola, if you're still on)

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Guest, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. Guest

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    I read somewhere ---on one of the many links I've found while researching phones and services---that you can save your old cell phone (now that you've updated to one of the newer fancier phones) and use it for strictly 911 calls. I think the article said as long as there is a fresh battery (duh) in the phone and you're within reasonable distance to a tower, you can use it to dial 911. Now, I don't know if you have to be within reasonable distance of ANY cell tower or just the one server tower your phone was designed for. It's a good idea if it DOES work on any server, though!
     
  2. dobby10

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    Yes you are correct. It is a federal law if I am correct.

    Say I have a ATT phone that operates on TDMA. If I am within signal range of one of ATTs towers or one of Cingular's TDMA towers then a 911 call must go through.
     
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    Ditto with CDMA? Who else runs CDMA besides Verizon? Personally, I think that's a GREAT idea. Unfortunately, it's not a well-known fact.
     
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    Question: If I am NOT a subscriber to ANY wireless server but someone is nice enough to give me one of their old phones, can I use that phone for 911?
     
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    dobby10 Senior Member
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    Sure. CDMA is Verizon and some other smaller companies. MCI is basically a reseler for Verizon but I think they may own a few towers. Sprint is CDMA but on a different frequency so their towers wouldn't work.
     
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    Dobby...

    ...who is HORIZON affiliated with? I'm the zoning officer here and know what towers are going up and where and what carriers' antennas are going on them. We started out with Omnipoint (who has either merged with or been bought out by someone else). We've got Verizon and ATT in our township now. There is a tower going up that has signed Horizon onto it. Who are they with (Horizon)?
     
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    dobby10 Senior Member
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    Dobby...

    Horizon is with Sprint. And Omnipoint merged with Voicestream and one other company.
     

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