Thursday, September 18, 2003

Hurricane shouldn't stop use of cell phones: "With all the destruction Hurricane Isabel could cause if she calls on South Jersey, chances are your cell phone calls still will go through.


"Some of the preparations are built into the cellular network system, such as back-up batteries and generators at cell tower sites in the event electrical power is knocked out. This is common practice among all wireless networks, including Nextel, AT&T Wireless, Sprint and Cingular Wireless.

"The networks also have self-contained mobile cell sites called Cell Sites On Wheels, known throughout the industry as COWs. In the event a tower gets destroyed, the COWs are deployed to the site to support cellular service for the area."


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