I try to keep in mind the philosophy of a friend of mine, when it comes to
rushing to answer the phone: "If it's important, they'll call back. If it
isn't important, who cares???"
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I don't have caller ID. I just don't answer the phone if I don't want to,
and hang up if it is someone I don't wan to talk to. Simple and free! I have
a answering machine, if I don't answer, you better leave a messege!
Yes. Keep in touch for what? How much is going to change here in the 3 days
I'll be out next week that will be of major importance to me? The need for
constantly being patted on the back, or constantly patting someone on the back,
is something of an illness, IMHO, related strongly to the sickness of being
unable to sit still and think without some kind of background noise filling the
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On 15 May 2004 20:56:02 GMT, email@example.com (Charlie Self)
brought forth from the murky depths:
A Freakin' Men, sir. I'm with the hurler.
I cannot understand the obsession people have with phones, especially
since the cell phone technology is still in the dark ages. I'd like to
hear on one single person who has -never- had their phone go out of
range OR their battery die OR had a bad connection OR they couldn't
hear/understand what the guy on the other end was saying. I'd be
willing to bet that everyone who has used a cell phone more than twice
has experienced at least one of those happenings at least once.
My Hawaii client called me today using her cell phone and we spent
over an hour online. I had to ask her to repeat things a dozen times
and she asked me 4 or 5 times.
Feh! Pay all that money so people have more places from whence to
harrass you at all hours? Right. Pass!
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When I was in Texas, I spent over 4,000 minutes per month on my Sprint
phone, talkin' to my honey in PA. It dropped the signal, now and then, and
I had to plug into the charger, most nights, but it beat the heck outta
paying long distance charges, and I was able to keep a relationship alive
from 1,200 miles away for nine months.
It's worth every penny, and suffering through every frustrating
technological anomaly, if you ask me.
Au contraire. At least here the cells are supplied with backup power, and
are an integral part of our disaster preparedness plans. Wires, poles and
trees don't affect 'em.
You want a hoot, try to explain to irate neighbors how they should have a
line-powered phone available, not just cordless....
All the power in the world doesn't matter when the circuits and/or
frequencies are overloaded. Happens every time something big happens. Those
places that do take this into account do so by shutting down service to all
except emergency personnel during times of need.
I'm not sure I buy that. How do they know that the cellphone in our
ambulance is allowed, but the one in my pocket isn't? I've bought
a lot of cellphones over the years, and have never been asked to specify
if it was for the fire department or not.
there are cell phone overrides that will give priority to certain phones
over others in certain emergency times. i believe they have to be registered
with the phone companies. you can get these authorizations from local
they're used to get calls routed when the general public has overwhelmed the
local cell towers (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc).
On Tue, 18 May 2004 12:49:25 -0700, Charles Spitzer
I guess my point here, is that I _am_ a local emergency official, and have
heard nothing about this. Maybe it's regional? Do you have any specifics
on this? (email is fine, we're more off-topic than usual at the
It's called the "Wireless Priority System" (WPS) and was instituted earlier this
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Actually, wires and poles DO affect cells, and most cellular companies
are not regulated as phone companies, as far as emergency planning
Very few cell sites have truly diverse feeds, as we do with stuff like
911 feeds, back to the phone network. The ones that do are usually
huge, multi-company urban sites fed by major fibers. Losing a pole,
or a dug up cable or fiber usually means no site with typical cells.
With luck, you'll be in an area that sees multiple signals, so you can
still make and receive calls.
A typical non-urban cell site is battery equipped, but does not
include a generator. The batteries are there to provide enough power
to allow a trailer genset to be moved to the site. The same sites
that have diverse fiber feeds also usually have decent size
Many companies have been known to bounce trailer mounted gensets
around during large power outages, leaving them at each site long
enough to charge the batteries and then moving them elesewhere.
Underground is pretty wind-resistant.
As I drove the country for 5,000 miles in the last two weeks, I can't recall
seeing above-ground service too often in those three towers (A,B, PCS)
spaced every twenty miles along the trunklines. Saw a number of microwave
Not to worry, your state/county/municipal Emergency Preparedness people have
already sat down with the carriers and reviewed or established new
contingency plans. With 9-11, there's even money available to upgrade the
necessary units to provide service in case of emergency.
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