Carphones.

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I want to install one of those old integrated carphones in my car--the phones with the spiral antenna installed on the rear fenders and the light-up LED display.

    I'm sure I can find a phone set but can such an item be used under current phone coverage?
     
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    I believe they can -- anywhere you can get an analog signal, which is most places. My father tried with his Motorola a few years ago (a 1985 model) and it did work -- he was prompted for a credit card number or somesuch.

    The harder part will be finding out how to program it with the important codes and such.
     
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    How are the fees calculated? Is this under cell coverage or under landline service?
     
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    Imagine this one in a car:

    [​IMG]
     
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    How are the fees calculated? Is this under cell coverage or under landline service?
    I have no idea; however, without a subscription plan, one must assume that usury is the operative term. Programming it to work with a particular provider's network is likely the best option. The phone above is really just a radiotelephone rather than a cell, so from an engineer's standpoint I am not impressed. My father's phone was similar to this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Motorola-Dynatac...46162311QQrdZ1 I carried an OKI 1200 (I believe) in the early nineties -- another great, great phone.
     
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    As I understand it, these sorts of cell phones use an analog line and according to my current provider, AT&T, they still offer analog cell coverage with a $4.99 fee: https://supportcingular.atgnow.com/c...+Fee%3F#Goto11 I can get one of those old bag-phones as well since the module is much smaller and I can hide it under the seat rather than installing it in the trunk which seems somewhat tedious. http://www.motorola3watts.com/ Alternatively, I can have the old analog signal converted to the standard GSM by way of some sort of rather expensive "call director": http://www.motorola3watts.com/produc...products_id=76
     
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    I want to install one of those old integrated carphones in my car--the phones with the spiral antenna installed on the rear fenders and the light-up LED display. I'm sure I can find a phone set but can such an item be used under current phone coverage?
    I'm not being funny, but is there a reason you're looking for a carphone?
     
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    I'm not being funny, but is there a reason you're looking for a carphone?

    To make my car look like a period piece.
     
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    What's your car, LK? Out of curiosity.

    JB
     
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    What's your car, LK? Out of curiosity.

    JB


    A Mercedes-Benz SL in signal red:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Well that makes perfect sense then. BTW...nice car.
     
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    Simply glorious. Make sure you purchase a velour tracksuit for your weekend driving.

    JB
     
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    I recently saw a mint Benz 560SL in brown that had its original blue vanity plates and a large carphone spiral antenna installed--it was really fabulous as it looked so incongruous in traffic. This could also be the most convenient solution: http://www.hulger.com/ This model seems appropriate: [​IMG] On the same note, look at this fabulous item: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    That's awfully eccentric. But, coming from you, I'm not all that surprised.
     
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    That's awfully eccentric. But, coming from you, I'm not all that surprised.

    Is it all the more eccentric that I also play computer games on a separate PC?
     

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