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Re: Cell phones, etc.
At 01:24 PM 7/8/96 -0700, you wrote:
The phone is not connected to the previous owner. You can use the phone as
is with credit card or collect, outgoing only. I think 911 will also work
for free. All phones work that way when they are not assigned to a number.
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> So ... all you cellular phone toting folks out there -- I have
> a question for which I haven't received an adequate answer yet.
> My '91 200Q has the Motorola/Audi phone in it, and I'm tickled
> pink at the thought of trying out the supposedly cool voice-recognition
> features it has. Problem is, I don't *really* need a cellular phone.
> Terminally curious that I am, I punched the power button and the
> phone came up in the "Roam" mode. Previous owner forgot to have
> his service disconnected, I thought, and I let it be for many months.
> Tried it again over the weekend -- still works! I try calling the
> number taped to the unit (thoughtful of Mr. Previous Owner), but it
> cannot be reached. Just for kicks, I dial my home number -- I am
> connected to something called the American Roaming Network, and it
> asks me if I'd like to call collect or use a credit card. Figuring
> I couldn't be ripping anyone off if I pay for it myself, I first
> try the credit card option (doesn't work), and then the call-collect
> option -- which does!
> So what's the deal here? Do I have a phone which can make outgoing
> calls only on a pay-per-call basis, or am I still on the other guy's
> service somehow? Could it be that he had this phone cloned and
> is still using the other? If so, why couldn't I reach that number?
> It would be really cool if I could use the phone as it stands -- I
> would only need it in an emergency, and wouldn't mind paying the steep
> airtime rates at such a time. Of course, if it turns out that the
> other guy is still paying a subscription for it, I doubt if I could
> even justify the $15 per month subscription that GTE wants for
> what they call a "security" option.
> Any thoughts appreciated!
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