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Old 10-10-2010, 04:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to find out information on the following.

I heard that blackberries phone service work off satellites and not cell phone towers like regular cell phones do.

Want to find out if this is true ?

If it is would that make it then to be possible to make and receive calls at places like underground, basements, subways, etc.... <?>

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They work on Cell towers like all Cell service. Satellite service phones use different frequencys and have to be in the open. they do not work in most buildings.
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Wow. Whoever told you that is seriously pulling your leg.
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NO! You need a satelite phone for that and the service id ten fold what cell services are.
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NO! You need a satelite phone for that and the service id ten fold what cell services are.

what?
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Well person told me that gets service at places that most people don't like on basements.
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That may be, but Blackberrys get their service off of cell towers AND some get service over WiFi. Not satellites. Ever. And Satellite doesn't work in a basement - think about it.

Ever get GPS to work in a basement?

Your friend must be using WiFi, which many BBs support.
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Does he sell phones?. Depending on service, most cell phones work in basements.
Satellite phones need to see the sky. direct line of sight.
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