1994-06-20 - Re: OJ`S CELL PHONE

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From: mgream@acacia.itd.uts.edu.au (Matthew Gream)
To: bmorris@netcom.com (Bob MorrisG)
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UTC Datetime: 1994-06-20 01:48:05 UTC
Raw Date: Sun, 19 Jun 94 18:48:05 PDT

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From: mgream@acacia.itd.uts.edu.au (Matthew Gream)
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 94 18:48:05 PDT
To: bmorris@netcom.com (Bob MorrisG)
Subject: Re: OJ`S CELL PHONE
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"Bob MorrisG" wrote:
> Technicians in the tracking station can, if necessary, track a
> particular call back to the cell site from which it originates.  But the
> monitoring can not be done unless the phone is in use. [ Is that true? ]

I wonder about this.

A friend had a Motorola handset he was using with our (Telecom) AMPS
service. When in stand-by mode, it polls the closest cell to determine
link quality and whether any slots are available for use.

When we were on holiday a few months ago, we stayed in a little seaside
town (ie. a small cell) and I can remember eating and noticing the
phone switch to `no service' for a few minutes, presumably as the cell
was fully loaded. While travelling through a National Park the
following day, in the middle of nowhere effectively, the same thing
happened as we went out of network range for a couple of hours.

The question is whether this polling includes the handset identifying
itself to the cell.


Matthew Gream <M.Gream@uts.edu.au> -- Consent Technologies, (02) 821-2043
Disclaimer: I'm only a student at UTS