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    how do you tell if phone is turned off?

    Is there another way to tell that the person your calling has their phone turned off? All I know is that if it is off, it will not ring and go straight to the voicemail......is there another way? like ring pattern?

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    i don't think there's any other way.. the phone doesn't ring at all if it's off, so a ring pattern is not possible

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    Some phones ring even when powered off... at least my ATT GSM ones in MA do.

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    Originally posted by globalgroup2003
    Some phones ring even when powered off
    Same with T-Mobile, at least mine does.

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    wow i didn't know that

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    For Rogers, it goes "Rogers AT&T Wireless... the customer you are calling is unavailable at the moment... please try again later."

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    From my experience, if you get a response/voicemail right away, the phone is off. It communicated to the network that it was "leaving."

    If a phone goes out of range, it doesn't get a chance to say "good bye" so the network spends a few seconds searching for it before you get a response/voicemail.
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    I figured it was something like that because of my roaming experience w/ a prepaid SIM in China... China Mobile seems to be the only carrier that differientiates between out of coverage and off... there are two seperate messages 1. " The subscriber is out of coverage area" or "the subscriber is power off!"

    It was sortof nice to no if the person powered off or was out of coverage... It would be helpful to have in the USA.

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    Originally posted by globalgroup2003
    I figured it was something like that because of my roaming experience w/ a prepaid SIM in China... China Mobile seems to be the only carrier that differientiates between out of coverage and off... there are two seperate messages 1. " The subscriber is out of coverage area" or "the subscriber is power off!"

    It was sortof nice to no if the person powered off or was out of coverage... It would be helpful to have in the USA.
    When I was in Taiwan, they had messages like that too, except they had more of them. They had one to tell you you're connecting as call-waiting. Message to tell you if the person declined your call. Of course, they also had the "out of coverage" and "power off" message. I found them to be really useful (unless you're on the other end and you're trying to dodge calls).

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