AT&T Munchkins?!

Rohit Khare (
Sun, 8 Jun 1997 14:44:00 -0400

Brad Templeton, founder of, is a pretty smart guy. So when he
declared in UPSIDE that:

AT&T 6650 Cell Phone
AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Kirkland, Wash.

Not that cell phones are new--it's using them as portable radios
that's cool. (A good cell phone should notice if the phone you want to
call is local, and talk to it directly without airtime charges.)


I believed him. But I got nowhere searching for it on the Net. Even
AT&T only has a solitary page on it, from its announcement in *1994*.

If Brad's right, there's a lot to worry about... on the the other
hand, still, no one has the gumption to put *routing* in there.

Motorola, for example, already has digital personal 2-way radios:

TalkAbout Radios use the special, license-free frequency band newly
created by the FCC for Family Radio Service (FRS). Two-way
conversations come in loud and clear, even up to two miles away.

Frequency462.5625 - 467.7125Channels14Privacy Codes38Power Supply3
AA Alkaline BatteriesSize4.5 inches tall (without antenna)Weight7
oz.Battery Life30 hours*Power Output0.5 WattsChannel Spacing12.5
kilohertzRangeUp to 2 miles* When used for 5% transmit, 5% receive, 90%


Just think: if we could just add multihop routing, 2 mile range
could allow a cluster of high school kids to have 'free' coverage
across an entire downtown/mall/school/subdivision range.
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