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17th Sep '17 10:28:46 AM manepony101
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* ''Film/JurassicParkIII'': There's a satellite phone working perfectly quite some time after being eaten by a dino. Early in the film Dr. Ian Malcolm is trying to contact some one with a satellite phone, he can't and several reason are suggest why it won't work ending with "or she could have turned it off"

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* ''Film/JurassicParkIII'': There's a satellite phone working perfectly quite some time after being eaten by a dino. Early in the film Dr. Ian Malcolm Alan Grant is trying to contact some one with a satellite phone, he can't and several reason are suggest why it won't work ending with "or she could have turned it off"
15th Sep '17 3:21:48 PM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', when Jake and his friends were underground, Spud was surprised that Jake's phone had full bars, claiming that his reception was like magic...before realizing that it actually ''was'' magic.
19th Aug '17 10:44:11 PM Gamermaster
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* The HumanAliens of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' have always remarked on the usefulness of earth cell phones in the earlier seasons and have co-opted this technology by the time of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''. However, being from a much more advanced {{MagiTek}} society, their cell phones are a lot more powerful, as shown in the first chapter of ''[=ViVid=]'' when Vivio uses a standard Mid-Childa cellphone to instantly send a picture to her family and friends, even though some of them are living in different planets and dimensions.

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* The HumanAliens of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' have always remarked on the usefulness of earth cell phones in the earlier seasons and have co-opted this technology by the time of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid''. However, being from a much more advanced {{MagiTek}} {{Magitek}} society, their cell phones are a lot more powerful, as shown in the first chapter of ''[=ViVid=]'' when Vivio uses a standard Mid-Childa cellphone to instantly send a picture to her family and friends, even though some of them are living in different planets and dimensions.
6th Aug '17 5:59:24 PM eroock
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* In the 2009 film ''Film/{{Moon}}'', Sam is able to make video cell-phone calls from the Moon to Earth [[spoiler:once he gets past the signal jammers, at least]].
3rd Jul '17 3:29:15 PM MartineBrooke
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It should also be noted that in many large-scale emergency situations, cellular communication networks are often one of the first infrastructure systems to fail as everyone jumps on their cellphones and overloads the system (plus the cell towers themselves may get knocked out as well), making this trope even more glaring in works depicting disaster scenarios.

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It should also be noted that in many large-scale emergency situations, cellular communication networks are often one of the first infrastructure systems to fail as everyone jumps on their cellphones and overloads the system (plus the cell towers themselves may get knocked out as well), making this trope even more glaring in works depicting disaster scenarios.
scenarios. Indeed, the emergency services are a major target market for satellite phones.
10th Jun '17 10:22:10 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' takes this trope to absurdly extreme levels: with the help of the Sonic Screwdriver and some alien tech a phone can be upgraded to Universal Roaming, allowing you to make a call from and to anywhere in space ''and time''. Without any special dialling code or anything. Also, people who know the Doctor's number (such as WinstonChurchill and Clara Oswald) can call directly into the TARDIS, which also can be anywhere and anywhen, being a sentient, telepathic time machine... in a phone box. Only interference either from [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] or the nearby black hole in “The Impossible Planet” was able to put it out of range.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' takes this trope to absurdly extreme levels: with the help of the Sonic Screwdriver and some alien tech a phone can be upgraded to Universal Roaming, allowing you to make a call from and to anywhere in space ''and time''. Without any special dialling code or anything. Also, people who know the Doctor's number (such as WinstonChurchill UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill and Clara Oswald) can call directly into the TARDIS, which also can be anywhere and anywhen, being a sentient, telepathic time machine... in a phone box. Only interference either from [[spoiler:{{Satan}}]] or the nearby black hole in “The Impossible Planet” was able to put it out of range.
26th May '17 10:50:45 PM Gamermaster
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* Averted in ''Anime/DogDays''. While Cinque is able to get cell reception in Flonyard, it's only while he's in a specific area (the place where the portal from Earth is located) and while using a special device Rico made to boost the signal.
25th Feb '17 6:01:05 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* {{WesternAnimation}}/Tutenstein has an episode where Cleo and Tut have to go into the Underworld after her kidnapped cousin. While they're there, Cleo's mom calls her cell phone, which picks up. Cleo immediately lampshades this, mentioning that she doesn't get reception downtown and it makes no sense she gets reception in the Underworld.

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* {{WesternAnimation}}/Tutenstein {{WesternAnimation/Tutenstein}} has an episode where Cleo and Tut have to go into the Underworld after her kidnapped cousin. While they're there, Cleo's mom calls her cell phone, which picks up. Cleo immediately lampshades this, mentioning that she doesn't get reception downtown and it makes no sense she gets reception in the Underworld.
25th Feb '17 6:00:41 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* [[WesternAnimation/Tutenstein Tutenstein]] has an episode where Cleo and Tut have to go into the Underworld after her kidnapped cousin. While they're there, Cleo's mom calls her cell phone, which picks up. Cleo immediately lampshades this, mentioning that she doesn't get reception downtown and it makes no sense she gets reception in the Underworld.

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* [[WesternAnimation/Tutenstein Tutenstein]] {{WesternAnimation}}/Tutenstein has an episode where Cleo and Tut have to go into the Underworld after her kidnapped cousin. While they're there, Cleo's mom calls her cell phone, which picks up. Cleo immediately lampshades this, mentioning that she doesn't get reception downtown and it makes no sense she gets reception in the Underworld.
25th Feb '17 5:57:02 AM ladyofthelibrary
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* The red video phones TheClueFinders use may or may not be cell phones but they certainly demonstrate this trope as they work perfectly underground and even on another planet with no reception issues unless they are forcibly turned off (notably the one time the kids lose contact with the video phones is in the abandoned amusement park, through Santiago and Leslie's captor noticing the device, snatching it away and presumably turning it off).

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* The red video phones TheClueFinders use may or may not be cell phones but they certainly demonstrate this trope as they work perfectly underground and even on another planet with no reception issues unless they are forcibly turned off (notably the one time the kids lose contact with the video phones is in the abandoned amusement park, ''Search & Solve Adventures'', through Santiago and Leslie's captor noticing the device, snatching it away and presumably turning it off).
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