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Shiny backed smokin' mobile phone

... for getting attention when there is no reception!
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I hate it when I can't get any reception on my phone. Surely I'm not alone.

I propose a number of solutions to ensure that even when you can't get any mobile reception, your handset is still a viable communication tool :

Shiny Backed Mobile - reflect the sun, send messages via code. Works well in deserts where mobiles certainly do not.

With Zippo lighter top - enables smoke messages to be sent - and you'll never have to ask anyone for a light.

jonthegeologist, Jun 20 2003

LighterPhone http://www.halfbake...m/idea/LighterPhone
Integrated zippo discussed before in this idea by [benchun] [krelnik, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       slow day at work?!
hazel, Jun 20 2003

       [JonGeoloGist], I cannot help but feel that you have not considered the ramifications of a scalding hot cell phone back, shiny or not. You might melt your cell bits down into a lump inside your shiny-backed smokin' cellphone and then where will you be?
Not to mention what would happen if half way through a mirror-message your cell phone DOES ring and you try to hold it to your head...
k_sra, Jun 20 2003

       [k_sra] if the phone rings, it would suggest a reception. why then would you be sending mirror messages?   

       [auto] ... indeed, the swiss army phone. much more pratical for the discerning outdoor type.
jonthegeologist, Jun 20 2003

       At last, a sensible suggestion for a cell-phone add-on.
angel, Jun 20 2003

       I suggest typing out a text message. Instead of sending it via the telecomms network, just throw your phone at the person. The catch the phone, type their response and the throw it back.
Jinbish, Jun 20 2003

       Who's for a game of "spin the cellphone?"
k_sra, Jun 20 2003

       [kreuner] . Thinking practically, vast sums of cash has been invested into making the mobile phone a useful tool. I'm thinking only of those occasions when you don't have any "network juice" to use the parlance in my house.   

       If you're in a desert, a mirrored back mobile might just save your life.   

       What other add-ons would you all like to see?
jonthegeologist, Jun 20 2003

thumbwax, Jun 20 2003

       //What other add-ons would you all like to see?//   

k_sra, Jun 20 2003

       We did the Zippo option once before, see link.
krelnik, Dec 11 2003


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