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.

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"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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