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15th May '16 1:18:46 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/WarGames''. After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location.

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* ''Film/WarGames''. After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location. When the {{AI}} computer calls David back the FBI manages to trace the calls and find him.
15th May '16 1:16:46 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/WarGames''. After David accidentally hacks into NORAD and takes over its main computer system, he hangs up before they can trace the connection and determine his location.
7th Mar '16 12:35:09 PM DrOO7
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* Similarly subverted in the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movie, when Ethan Hunt stays on the line just long enough for his call to get traced to London (but not to the specific address) just as planned. Down to the ''second'', even. The person he was speaking to realizes that someone of Ethan's skill wouldn't have allowed them to track him down unless he ''wanted'' them to. [[spoiler: Ethan is a fugitive, having been branded a traitor. Having just found the real mole, he wants the IMF to catch them.]]



* In the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' movie, Ethan stays on the line just long enough for his call to get traced to London, just as planned. Down to the ''second'', even.
23rd Feb '16 11:30:52 PM Knight20
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27th Jan '16 6:39:18 PM Willbyr
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17th Jan '16 10:39:47 AM nombretomado
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* Happens all the time in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', but it was a plot point of an entire episode. In "911", the squad gets a call from a 9 year old girl who says she's locked in a room, she's been abused, and does not know where she is. Olivia stays on the line with her and works with the squad to try and narrow down the area to where the girl might be being held. The number itself is untraceable, but a tech expert in cell phone mapping eventually is able to narrow down the cell phone tower the girl is using.

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* Happens all the time in ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', but it was a plot point of an entire episode. In "911", the squad gets a call from a 9 year old girl who says she's locked in a room, she's been abused, and does not know where she is. Olivia stays on the line with her and works with the squad to try and narrow down the area to where the girl might be being held. The number itself is untraceable, but a tech expert in cell phone mapping eventually is able to narrow down the cell phone tower the girl is using.
15th Jan '16 3:09:45 PM ultimomant
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* In ''12 Rounds'', villain Miles Jackson is quite savvy to this, so he keeps hanging up and switching to a different phone every few minutes, frustrating the police.
10th Jan '16 3:45:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheBourneSeriesSupremacy'', Jason Bourne speaks to Pamela Landy on the phone, and hangs up before they can trace his location. However, what he says before hanging up makes them realize he's directly in the area.

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* In ''Film/TheBourneSeriesSupremacy'', ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'', Jason Bourne speaks to Pamela Landy on the phone, and hangs up before they can trace his location. However, what he says before hanging up makes them realize he's directly in the area.
31st Oct '15 7:47:39 PM HiddenWindshield
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* The same general set-up is used in ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', albeit for a radio transmission rather than a phone call, with Mace Windu trying to keep the villain talking while his aide triangulates the signal source. However, because the villain is very clever and Mace is only slightly less clever, he immediately knows that the apparently origin is a ruse -- but that still helps him because only two installations in city have the hardware necessary to spoof the signal.

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* The same general set-up is used in ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', albeit for a radio transmission rather than a phone call, with Mace Windu trying to keep the villain talking while his aide triangulates the signal source. However, because the villain is very clever and Mace is only slightly less clever, he immediately knows that the apparently apparent origin is a ruse -- but that still helps him because only two installations in city have the hardware necessary to spoof the signal.
17th Oct '15 4:27:40 PM nombretomado
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* Attempted in one episode of ''PoliceSquad''. The call is ended before the trace is completed, and when they show the phone that they had 'tapped', there is a faucet attached to the handset.

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* Attempted in one episode of ''PoliceSquad''.''Series/PoliceSquad''. The call is ended before the trace is completed, and when they show the phone that they had 'tapped', there is a faucet attached to the handset.
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