cell phones (was RE: Radio)

From: Alain Dumesny (alain@wave.engr.sgi.com-DeleteThis)
Date: Tue Apr 21 1998 - 13:58:56 PDT

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Date: Tue, 21 Apr 1998 13:58:56 -0700
From: alain@wave.engr.sgi.com-DeleteThis (Alain Dumesny)
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To: wind_talk@opus.hpl.hp.com-DeleteThis
Subject: cell phones (was RE: Radio)
Reply-To: alain@sgi.com-DeleteThis

> From: Jonathan Hahn <hahn@and.com-DeleteThis>
> I went to a cell phone place and asked if I could buy a used phone
> for this purpose. He told me that 911 works sometimes on a phone
> that's not active, but not always and can't be depended on. Granted,
> he's a salesman, but I'd want more assurance it would work before
> going this route.

Well, you can always try calling 911 on it to test it out. By law companies
are required to carry 911 calls even from de-activated phones. My guess is
that salesman don't really want to get a cheap phone and for you to use this
'loophole'. They would much rather have you buy a service...

> There's still a $10 "friend's" plan where you can get an active cell
> phone for $10 as a second unit on an existing account. I'm thinking
> of going this route. You just need to know someone with a cell
> phone.
> -jon

yes, I've been thinking abiout this too. The down side is that it better be a
very good friend as that person needs to sign the contract with you and gets
the bill too (one bill with both phone nunbers), which will rack up if you
actually start using the phone.

By advice is to get a phone from a friend who has upgraded his (upgrade from
a free analog phone to digital for example) and use that de-activaated one for
911 calls. Down side is you can't use it if you car breaks down for example
(not a real emergency, yet you can get quite stranded)...

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