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  1. #1
    Isaac Wingfield
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    I've not been a Cingular user very long (or a cell phone user, for that
    matter), but I've gotten that message a few times when I've tried to
    make calls.

    In general, I've gotten the message in the same places where I have
    successfully made calls on other occasions -- inside a hardware store,
    for example. In all cases, the signal strength was high.

    I called "611" but the folks there were absolutely clueless; they said
    they'd never heard of it. Same with the local Cingular store. None of
    their explanations made any sense at all.

    One thing they suggested was that my phone had "locked onto another
    provider's network", but in that case, wouldn't the phone have some
    indication of that fact?

    My suspicion is that it has to do with network congestion, but they
    don't want to admit it, because then they'd have to add some cells or
    something.

    So, what does "Emergency Calls Only" mean, and is there anything I can
    do to stop it or work around it?

    Isaac



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  2. #2
    Spammer Magnet
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

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  3. #3
    Jud Hardcastle
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    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    In article <isw-FDAE15.09075425112004@netnews.comcast.net>,
    isw@witzend.com says...
    >
    > My suspicion is that it has to do with network congestion, but they
    > don't want to admit it, because then they'd have to add some cells or
    > something.
    >
    > So, what does "Emergency Calls Only" mean, and is there anything I can
    > do to stop it or work around it?
    >
    > Isaac
    >

    The message means your phone has not been authorized to make (or
    receive) calls and therefore only calls to 911 will be allowed.

    I think that message would always be due to what they said--your phone
    had locked onto another carrier because it couldn't connect to Cingular
    in that location at that time. Cingular doesn't allow roaming on
    another carrier when you are "officially" within your home area
    regardless of the reason for the failure--a "dead" spot that isn't
    covered at all or a weak spot caused by a building or something.
    Roaming in that case would cost Cingular money they couldn't pass on to
    the customers on no-roam-charge plans so their contracts don't provide
    for it. Most phones (but maybe not all) would have been reading
    "Cingular Extend" instead of just "Cingular". Some users are saying
    that "roaming" on ATTWS in that situation is now possible with the
    merge--but roaming on TMobile would not be allowed.
    --
    Jud
    Dallas TX USA



  4. #4
    Jack Zwick
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    In article
    <F2ppd.973732$Gx4.153141@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>,
    "Spammer Magnet" <spammermagnet@aol.com> wrote:

    > It happens to me too on occasion.
    >
    > Turning the phone off & on seem to fix the problem, like rebooting a PC when
    > it isn't operating properly.
    >
    > SM


    so is it a cell phone defect, or a network issue???



  5. #5
    Scott Stephenson
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?


    "Jack Zwick" <jzwick3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:jzwick3-CAB679.13215825112004@news1.east.earthlink.net...
    >
    > so is it a cell phone defect, or a network issue???


    The phone is probably on a secret recall list- isn't that what you used to
    blame these things on over in the SPrint PCS group?





  6. #6
    Scott Stephenson
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?


    "Scott Stephenson" <scott.stephensonson@adelphia.net> wrote in message
    news:Vc6dnVdyD6WQrzvcRVn-sQ@adelphia.com...
    >
    > "Jack Zwick" <jzwick3@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:jzwick3-CAB679.13215825112004@news1.east.earthlink.net...
    > >
    > > so is it a cell phone defect, or a network issue???

    >
    > The phone is probably on a secret recall list- isn't that what you used to
    > blame these things on over in the SPrint PCS group?
    >
    >

    ....and for those of you that aren't aware of some hysterical posts in the
    past, the last post was not by any means an answer to the question.





  7. #7
    Bob Horvath
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    Jack Zwick wrote:
    > In article
    > <F2ppd.973732$Gx4.153141@bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>,
    > "Spammer Magnet" <spammermagnet@aol.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >>It happens to me too on occasion.
    >>
    >>Turning the phone off & on seem to fix the problem, like rebooting a PC when
    >>it isn't operating properly.
    >>
    >>SM

    >
    >
    > so is it a cell phone defect, or a network issue???


    It could be either, but more likely a network issue.



  8. #8
    Richie
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    Jud Hardcastle is right on.
    I used to get that sometimes also. But since the merger with ATT, i've not
    seen it.


    "Isaac Wingfield" <isw@witzend.com> wrote in message
    news:isw-FDAE15.09075425112004@netnews.comcast.net...
    > I've not been a Cingular user very long (or a cell phone user, for that
    > matter), but I've gotten that message a few times when I've tried to
    > make calls.
    >
    > In general, I've gotten the message in the same places where I have
    > successfully made calls on other occasions -- inside a hardware store,
    > for example. In all cases, the signal strength was high.
    >
    > I called "611" but the folks there were absolutely clueless; they said
    > they'd never heard of it. Same with the local Cingular store. None of
    > their explanations made any sense at all.
    >
    > One thing they suggested was that my phone had "locked onto another
    > provider's network", but in that case, wouldn't the phone have some
    > indication of that fact?
    >
    > My suspicion is that it has to do with network congestion, but they
    > don't want to admit it, because then they'd have to add some cells or
    > something.
    >
    > So, what does "Emergency Calls Only" mean, and is there anything I can
    > do to stop it or work around it?
    >
    > Isaac






  9. #9
    Al Klein
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    On Thu, 25 Nov 2004 17:07:53 GMT, Isaac Wingfield <isw@witzend.com>
    said in alt.cellular.cingular:

    >One thing they suggested was that my phone had "locked onto another
    >provider's network", but in that case, wouldn't the phone have some
    >indication of that fact?


    Maybe, maybe not. But calling 611 at that time would tell you.
    Those two numbers, 611 (for most carriers - Sprint is different, I
    think they use *2) and 911, will go through even if your phone is on a
    network you can't use. But you won't get Cingular customer service,
    you'll get the customer service office of the carrier your phone is
    "locked onto".

    >My suspicion is that it has to do with network congestion, but they
    >don't want to admit it, because then they'd have to add some cells or
    >something.


    Could be, but no carrier will ever have enough capacity to handle all
    calls all the time. Even the land line system chokes a bit during
    times of peak usage (like around 10-11AM on Mother's Day morning).

    >So, what does "Emergency Calls Only" mean


    911 and 611 calls only.

    >and is there anything I can do to stop it or work around it?


    Other than trying again, or moving a few feet, nothing I can think of.



  10. #10
    M. D. Borca
    Guest

    Re: What does "Emergency Calls Only" mean?

    > The message means your phone has not been authorized to make (or
    > receive) calls and therefore only calls to 911 will be allowed.
    >
    > I think that message would always be due to what they said--your phone
    > had locked onto another carrier because it couldn't connect to Cingular
    > in that location at that time. Cingular doesn't allow roaming on
    > another carrier when you are "officially" within your home area
    > regardless of the reason for the failure--a "dead" spot that isn't
    > covered at all or a weak spot caused by a building or something.
    > Roaming in that case would cost Cingular money they couldn't pass on to
    > the customers on no-roam-charge plans so their contracts don't provide
    > for it. Most phones (but maybe not all) would have been reading
    > "Cingular Extend" instead of just "Cingular". Some users are saying
    > that "roaming" on ATTWS in that situation is now possible with the
    > merge--but roaming on TMobile would not be allowed.


    I've gotten this message on my old MPx200 when the sim card did not
    make contact with the phone or when there was no sim card in the
    phone.



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