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    How do I disable 911 or cell service, 2 use MAME on unused Cell phone

    My children want there EMAME for symbian 60 or java games on my unused cell phones. However Daddy doesn't want felony charges because of multiple calls to 911 emergency service. How can I repurpose these old phones for game use, can someone give me a how to on disabling the cell, do I remove the antenna, rip out the "microwave" chip? SX-1, RAZR v.3, Nokia 6820 etc etc. Any tips or direction would be greatly appreciated.http://www.howardforums.com/newthrea...wthread&f=177#
    Last edited by calli; 08-06-2009 at 01:14 PM. Reason: spelling

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    Disassemble and remove the antenna?
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    Thanks so much for your quick reply. Just for clarification, so once I do that it won't connect me to a tower unless I was very close, say a matter of feet or under 50 feet or so?

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    Teach them not to call 911 unless it's really an emergency and take it away from them if they don't listen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Bruha
    Teach them not to call 911 unless it's really an emergency and take it away from them if they don't listen?
    Yeah, it's called...y'know...being a parent lol

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    Oh, I see you must not be a parent.

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    You could also try to remove the 1 and 9 keys. That sounds easier than the antenna, though possibly depends on the particular model.

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    Holy crap ! You guys are really geek !

    Just put it in offline mode .

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamoghno
    Holy crap ! You guys are really geek !

    Just put it in offline mode .

    You can still make emergency calls in offline mode. Try dialing a number offline and it says "Only Emergency Calls." It's the same thing as if you wouldnt put a sim card in the phone. You can still make emergency calls.

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    Just get AT&T and you won't have to worry about being able to make any calls.

    BAAAHHAAHAAAHAAAA!!!! I kid I kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calli
    Oh, I see you must not be a parent.
    Many of us are parents, but we teach our kids how to use things properly.

    As previously suggested, if they abuse the situation then they get the phones taken from them.

    There is also the (hopefully never required) occasion that they can actually use it to phone the emergency services if they ever NEED to.

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    Just give them a PSP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonshowers
    Many of us are parents, but we teach our kids how to use things properly.

    As previously suggested, if they abuse the situation then they get the phones taken from them.

    There is also the (hopefully never required) occasion that they can actually use it to phone the emergency services if they ever NEED to.
    I agree. Disabling emerg calls for ANY reason on a phone is just plain wrong.

    Get them a proper portable game console like a PSP if you want them to just play games.

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    Don't think you guys are really thinking this through. I have a few old phones laying around and wouldn't mind my toddler, for instance, playing with them, but don't want them dialing 911, either. I wouldn't imagine his kids would deliberately dial 911, but I could see it accidently happening if they were just button mashing on a game.

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    Exactly, accidents happen and so he asks a perfectly valid question on how to disable the phone to avoid said accidents and gets accused of bad parenting got to love the internet!

    As for disabling I really wouldn't know how to do that short of physically damaging the radio in the phone but that might damage other things.

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