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Old 06-14-2007, 05:06 PM   #1
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Anyone out there remember the old portable bag phones (full size phone in a bag)? I came across my old one and was thinking I could use the 3 watt power pack for cell use in the RV. I'm sure it will need re-programing but with the right fittings, an external antenna, it might work. Anyone have any thoughts pro or con?
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Anyone out there remember the old portable bag phones (full size phone in a bag)? I came across my old one and was thinking I could use the 3 watt power pack for cell use in the RV. I'm sure it will need re-programing but with the right fittings, an external antenna, it might work. Anyone have any thoughts pro or con?
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:28 PM   #3
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Not feasible. All of the old analog networks are either dead or dying, so your bag phone doesn't work any more.
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:39 PM   #4
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Hate to tell you this, but no cell phone carrier will even touch it. Since all carriers have switched to digital, this may be the last year that any analog phone works. Besides, most cell phone carriers stores has never seen a bag phone.
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Maybe a donation to a museum!
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:25 PM   #6
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You bring back fond memories! I had a Motora black bag phone, with the green illuminated keypad on the back of the handset. It sure was a status symbol back in the early 90's
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The biggest advantage for the bag phone was the external antenna capability and the power. Handheld analog cell phones never went above 0.75 watts, digital phones average about 0.5 watts. The bag phone could be 3.6 watts.

With an antenna on the roof of the car and a bag phone you could talk to cell towers 50 miles away. Of course this really helped when there were a lot fewer cell towers than now.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by alvinc:
&lt;snip&gt; Of course this really helped when there were a lot fewer cell towers than now. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That is, of course, the reason why the early 'phones had such powerful transmitters.
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