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Car Phone

By Jim Phelps ·
Anybody know of anyone who sells a car phone for use in the United States? I have searched far and wide, and the only car phones I have found are the Nokia models 810 and 6090, neither of which will work in the United States.

I'm sure that this would be a big seller in the United States. There are many situations, such as company cars and trucks, where you would want a phone permanently installed in a car.

I don't want to get a kit for putting my cell phone in the car; rather, I want a phone that is always in the car, using the car's battery rather than its own.

Any ideas

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Once Upon a Time

by Oldefar In reply to Car Phone

Car phones used to be available in the US. When the original "portable" phones came out with their fancy briefcase construction, the market for a car only phone started to dry up. As cell phones became more portable the issue became one of why tiethe phone to the car.

That is the same issue you face now. What advantage would a car only phone have over a cell phone with an adaptor?

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Uses for a car phone

by Jim Phelps In reply to Once Upon a Time

My dad is 76 years old, and he has a cell phone. The only time he needs it is when he is in his car. It is a real hassle for him to have to carry around a phone, charge the phone, clip it to his belt (interferes with the seat belt) (might fall offwhen he bumps something), etc. He would much prefer to have a phone which is permanently mounted in the car, and which always comes on when the car is on, and always goes off when the car is off.

I have heard that there is a police department inmy area of the country which would like to put a car phone in each patrol car, if such were available.

I have seen company trucks on job sites which have car phones in them. It is easy to call the person driving the truck; you just call the truck.

Finally, ages ago my wife had a car phone. It was great, because it was always on when she was in the car (and when she wasn't home, she was most of the time in the car), and so I could call her just about any time. (There was no way to forget the phone at home.)

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by cschwarz In reply to Uses for a car phone

I use a Nokia cell phone with a fixed car mounting. This makes it hands free and it meets all the specifications you described except that it can be taken from it's holder. I almost always leave it in the car and it turns on when I set the car, and turns off when I turn the ignition off.

This set up has the added advantage that, should the battery die, I can still use it without the cradle to call for help (which you cannot do in a truly car-mounted phone).

If you are concerned about taking it out and forgetting to put it back, I suggest that you glue a string or chain onto the side of the cell phone and the side of the cradle (sort of like the pens you used to see at the bank).

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Phelps leasing should know

by Oz_Media In reply to Car Phone

I thought you already had car phones in your trucks? I assume that you are Jim Phelps from Phelps leasing?!?
Try talking to the owner of Mundies towing, I know he has US compatible phones in his flatdecks.

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What about Phelps Dodge?

by Jim Phelps In reply to Phelps leasing should kno ...

Neither am I associated with Phelps Dodge, somewhere up north.

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Mundie's Towing

by Jim Phelps In reply to Phelps leasing should kno ...

By the way, where is Mundie's Towing?

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NEw West

by Oz_Media In reply to Mundie's Towing

Mundies towing is located in New Westminster and Burnaby British Columbia.
I assumed you were Jim Phelps of J. Phelps leasing (car and truck leasing) in Surrey BC. They already use fixed in car phones.

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Mundies uses two-way radios

by Jim Phelps In reply to NEw West

Actually, Mundies Towing uses two-way radios, not phones. (I called them.)

Thanks anyway.

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Only one

by Oz_Media In reply to Mundies uses two-way radi ...

Sorry, you're right on the Mundies thing.
A friend of mine drives their heavy flatdecks, he had his radio phone installed himself it is not provided by the company.

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Phelps Leasing

by Jim Phelps In reply to NEw West

I also called Phelps Leasing of BC, and they don't have permanent car phones in their cars.

A great name for a company, but unfortunately no luck on the phones.

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