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Posted: 01/15/21 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DW did a system update to her Android Trac-Fone the other day, when she was out of town of course, and had the same problem. Finally took it to Walmart (where we bought them) and the tech there did the same thing - pulled the simcard, put it back in, and VIOLA!


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I didn't pull my SIM, and mine started working again by itself.

I wonder if it was some kind of network thing. But then if it was, everyone should have experienced the same thing.


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Posted: 01/15/21 10:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

free radical wrote:

What bugs me why they scrapped all public phones?
We have a few. They cost about $300 per month for the business owner to have it there for this rare exception of need.

Before mobile the business owner received a share of the tolls paid so it made money.

How many would you install today?


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time2roll wrote:

free radical wrote:

What bugs me why they scrapped all public phones?
We have a few. They cost about $300 per month for the business owner to have it there for this rare exception of need.

Before mobile the business owner received a share of the tolls paid so it made money.

How many would you install today?


Correct.

Phone Co doesn't randomly install/place payphones, never did.

It was up to a business, city or town/township to have payphones installed.. They had to pay monthly charge for each phone and when cell service no longer cost $50 per month plus $5 per minute folks now could afford cellphones and no longer were using payphones enough to warrant a constant payment drain on a company or cities budget..

Takes a lot of quarters to pay for a device that gets very little use..

Vandals may also have played a hand in many public payphones going away, replacing broken/damaged phones and booths is costly to someone..

I remember a time when there was a full glass enclosed phone booth on nearly every city block in my nearest city.. No more, they have been removed well over 15 yrs ago..

Used to be a couple out door phone booths at a local mall, those to have been gone for many yrs..

The only booth close to me I know of that still exists is on a busy road near an abandoned State Police Weigh station.. I suspect it is not connected anymore..

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OP brings up an interesting issue of alternative phone access should cell service not be available? Personally, I'm a stickler for backups, and use Verizon mobile as primary, and keep a minimal account on different smartphone with AT&T.

If you can find internet access for laptop or tablet, you can use Google Voice account to make and receive free calls (VoIP) in U.S. This is what I do when teleworking, in that I make or take my calls from my computer when I'm working. Call my office or cell phone number, and it conveniently rings on my PC.

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What bugs me why they scrapped all public phones?


Because installing an maintaining a public phone costs money and with the proliferation of cell phones, few people use them. But if you ask at a customer service desk, I'd be surprised if they wouldn't let you use their phone or at least make a call for you.

My company doesn't even give desk phones to employees (except for a few, like sales people). Everyone else uses a cell.

If you're traveling solo, you should probably carry a backup phone with a cheap pre-paid SIM from a different provider than your main phone (T-Mobile has a $3/month plan). Even if you didn't have this SIM problem, you could have dropped your phone in a puddle or lost it.

When my wife and I travel, between the two of us, we have 2 phones, a wireless hotspot, a couple laptops, a tablet computer and an Amazon Echo, any of these devices can make a phone call with Wifi (which easy to find at coffee shops, etc). Our cell phones and hotspot are on different providers (AT&T, Verizon and Google Fi (sprint/t-mobile)).

When my elderly parents went on a 6 month cross country trip, I sent them a Garmin Satellite communicator (which I usually take on backcountry hiking trips). They're relatively inexpensive these days -- cost is around $400 + $12/month for a basic SMS plan, but they work pretty much anywhere in the world where you have a clear view of the sky. The one I have is also a handheld GPS, so is a backup for phone based GPS's (it doesn't do street routing like a car based GPS, but at least you can see where you are and where the main roads are). This was great since they could send a message even when out of cell phone range like "Fishing is great here - staying another week", and we knew they were safe and could call for help if they needed anything.

Even Satellite phones have really come down in price, last time I used one was over a decade ago and it cost thousands of dollars and several dollars a minute to talk. Now you can get one for around $500 + $50/month for basic plan, good for emergency use).

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Mine is a Samsung S7 - Android. What's yours?


My wife had an S7 a few years ago - it was notorious for having battery problems. It would randomly overheat to the point where it left a mark on her leg when she had it in her pocket once. We had it replaced by Verizon the first time it overheated, but they wouldn't do anything for us after that. She ended up replacing it with a Motorola, and has been happy with it.


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Old-Biscuit wrote:

Are you 'solo"?

We have 2 cells phones so odds of one failing is less of a problem
*Unless system wide outage


We also travel with two cell phones ... plus a Garmin satellite emergency SOS and texting communicator ... plus air evacuation insurance if we are able to communicate during medical emergencies.

One should always have a Plan A and a Plan B ... and ideally probably a Plan C.

We were RV traveling with friends once when they got stuck merely just off the highway in a soft shoulder. We could barely get out over our phones right here in the good old U.S. of A.. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.


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free radical wrote:


Says shut the phone take out Sim card put back in restart,
phone works again just fine,,


Have not seen this in ... Well 1980's was the last time.

There is a virus,, No not THAT Virus, but this virus infects not people but electronics. It loves electrical fields and grows on connectors.

Well when it does it insulates the connector and the device stops working.

What you did... is the cure. it scrapes the virus off


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Both of our phones use Verizon towers, but in the rare event we can't reach one, each phone has a VOIP app installed that lets us use our AT&T hotspot or any other accessible WiFi for phone calls. We also carry a spare inactive phone that also has the VOIP app installed as a "just in case" backup.


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