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Re: Mobile phones used as trackers



William H. Geiger III writes:
> In <[email protected][208.129.55.202]>, on 12/31/97
>    at 06:53 PM, Steve Schear <[email protected]> said:
> 
> >and keep your cell phone turned off.
> 
> It is my understanding that they can still track you with the cell phone
> turned off so long as there is power going to the box (most auto cell
> phones are hardwired into the cars electrical system).

How?


The little I know about cellular is that the handset only broadcasts
to the cells when its on.  Of course, 'on' and 'off' might mean
different things on a hand-held with limited battery life, and a
mobile that's connected to a large battery with a generator (car).
But it doesn't make sense to have the even the mobile system constantly
communicating with cells and getting hand-offs when the operator
has switched it 'off' and isn't using it-  it'd be taking up bandwidth
for no reason at all.  And we all know that cellular bandwidth is
in short supply.

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