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    I think it would be fabulous if there were a way to setup a small tower that had a 1-mile range.

    All these old phones that people have could be given to kids, and they could contact any other kids within the 1-mile range of the tower - all for free, with no minute limits, etc.

    I was curious just what all would be required to start up something like that.


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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    It's one cool idea but it sounds complicated. What would you need it for if you don't mind me asking?
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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by Hachiko View Post
    It's one cool idea but it sounds complicated. What would you need it for if you don't mind me asking?
    What would I need it for?

    To reduce the number of cell phones going into the landfill!

    To give kids a cheap alternative to having an actual phone account!

    For fun!
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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    Cellular phones are not able to connect directly to each other. They require the wireless carrier's infrastructure to complete calls. Most calls are routed through the landline telephone system.
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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Cellular phones are not able to connect directly to each other. They require the wireless carrier's infrastructure to complete calls. Most calls are routed through the landline telephone system.
    Batman, you're just irritating. Are you the moderator on this site or something? You obviously have nothing positive to add to any of my discussions.

    I know cell phones can't connect directly to one another. That's why in the original post, if you'd take your mask off so you can read clearly, you'll see where I said, "I think it would be fabulous if there were a way to setup a small tower that had a 1-mile range."

    Hachiko response, which just said it would be expensive, showed more original thought.
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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    Fun idea.

    Don't you have companies that pay you a small sum for old cell phones? They recycle what can be recycled and extracts precious metals and so on. Cell phones usually don't get thrown away where I come from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
    Batman, you're just irritating. Are you the moderator on this site or something? You obviously have nothing positive to add to any of my discussions.

    I know cell phones can't connect directly to one another. That's why in the original post, if you'd take your mask off so you can read clearly, you'll see where I said, "I think it would be fabulous if there were a way to setup a small tower that had a 1-mile range."

    Hachiko response, which just said it would be expensive, showed more original thought.
    Once again you are acting as if the thread belongs to you, Anyone can respond to a message. As I stated before, if you do not like the responses either ignore them or stop asking questions. You cannot preapprove the responses. Someone who just joined the forums five days ago should walk on eggshells until he learns the lay of the land.
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    Re: Old Phones to Toys

    There are many sites across the web that provide info on cell phone recycling. That is a neat idea you have there, but I think walkie talkies would do just fine in this case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    Once again you are acting as if the thread belongs to you, Anyone can respond to a message. As I stated before, if you do not like the responses either ignore them or stop asking questions. You cannot preapprove the responses. Someone who just joined the forums five days ago should walk on eggshells until he learns the lay of the land.
    I'm only saying that your comments go no where towards solving a problem and you do not appear to understand the question before you blurt out a reply.

    No, I can not pre-approve a response, but as the OP, I can tell someone when their response is wandering off topic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp2code View Post
    I'm only saying that your comments go no where towards solving a problem and you do not appear to understand the question before you blurt out a reply.

    No, I can not pre-approve a response, but as the OP, I can tell someone when their response is wandering off topic.
    For one thing a cellular phone is unable to communicate with another cellular phone without an assigned number and the routing which are handled by the wireless carriers. You can only make calls to emergency numbers if the cellular number is inactive. Even then it uses the wireless carriers' networks. Your intentions may be noble but they cannot be implemented with the cellular phones as currently configured by all of the wireless carriers operating in the United States. An existing system is the Family Radio Service (FRS) which are low powered handheld radios. They require no license to use and have several channels. That still would not solve problem of discarded cellular phones. Many homeless shelters and centers for abused spouses and children accept cellular phones for distribution to their clients. Often there may be listings in the front of telephone directories of the locations for donating used cellular phones. Most of the carriers will accept them for the same purposes.
    Last edited by efparri; 08-24-2010 at 12:31 PM.
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