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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': In "The Belchies", Linda tries to call for help when the Belchers are stuck in a candy factory that's due to be demolished, but can't get a signal. She blames it on their cheap cell-phone provider, while Bob blames it on the fact that they're ''underground''.

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In "The Belchies", Linda tries to call for help when the Belchers are stuck in a candy factory that's due to be demolished, but can't get a signal. She blames it on their cheap cell-phone provider, while Bob blames it on the fact that they're ''underground''.''underground''.
** In "Into the Mild", Bob's old cell phone conks out after he's locked in a closed outdoor supply store, leaving him unable to call for help after he discovers the landlines have already been disconnected.


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* ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' arc "Amnesty" is set in Kepler, West Virginia, which is located inside the United States National Radio Quiet Zone. This is a real place that exists to facilitate scientific research that would be interfered with by radio waves; you can be fined for unauthorized Wifi use.
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* In ''Film/TheButchers'', the bus breaks down in a valley where the mountains block cell phone signals. Bill briefly manages to get half a bar, and no one else can get anything.


* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they would want to make absolutely sure there's no way an inmate could get access to a working cell phone.

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In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', episode, Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they would want to make absolutely sure there's no way an inmate could get access to a working cell phone.phone.
** In another episode, a kidnapping occurs and our heroes only have one hour to save the kid (the episode takes place in near-RealTime, as well) and could really use Don's help as team leader. Alas, the B-plot is that Don is in a Bureau-mandated psych session courtesy of being involved in a shooting one episode prior and the psychiatrist ordered Don to turn off the phone. Don only finds out something happened once he returns to the office in the episode's denouement.


* In ''Film/NightOfTheDemon2009'', the mansion where the protagonists are trapped has no cell phone reception.

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* In ''Film/NightOfTheDemon2009'', ''Film/NightOfTheDemons2009'', the mansion where the protagonists are trapped has no cell phone reception.

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* In ''Film/NightOfTheDemon2009'', the mansion where the protagonists are trapped has no cell phone reception.


** Inverted in "Lady Wifi", as the villain's powers are based on her phone's wifi abilities so it's necessary to figure out how to block the signal in order to stop her.

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** Inverted in "Lady Wifi", as the villain's powers are based on her cell phone's wifi abilities so it's necessary to figure out how to block the signal in order to stop her.her.
** Played straight again in "Oblivio". Marinette and Adrien lose their memories and would be able to contact their friends for help if their cell phone batteries weren't almost dead.

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* ''ComicBook/AllNewUltimates'': Cloak and Dagger can not be texted, because they don't have cell phones. They are officially dead, so it may be difficult for them to get in a cell phone plan.

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** Deliberately invoked in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_National_Radio_Quiet_Zone National Radio Quiet Zone]] in Virginia and West Virginia, created to reduce signal interference with the Green Bank Observatory's radio telescopes.

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* ''Film/MidnightMovie'': Once the cinema has been sealed, everyone trapped inside finds that their cell phones no longer work.


* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': In "The Belchies", Linda tries to call for help when the Belchers are stuck in a candy factory that's due to be demolished, but can't get a signal. She blames it on their cheap cell-phone provider.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': In "The Belchies", Linda tries to call for help when the Belchers are stuck in a candy factory that's due to be demolished, but can't get a signal. She blames it on their cheap cell-phone provider.provider, while Bob blames it on the fact that they're ''underground''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': In "The Belchies", Linda tries to call for help when the Belchers are stuck in a candy factory that's due to be demolished, but can't get a signal. She blames it on their cheap cell-phone provider.


* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they ''really'' would not want prisoners to have cell phone access, and this ensures that even if they manage to smuggle one in, they won't be able to use it.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they ''really'' would not want prisoners to have make absolutely sure there's no way an inmate could get access to a working cell phone access, and this ensures that even if they manage to smuggle one in, they won't be able to use it.phone.


* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they ''really'' would not want prisoners to have cell phone access, so this gives them a backup in case a prisoner somehow manages to smuggle one in.

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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they ''really'' would not want prisoners to have cell phone access, so and this gives them a backup in case a prisoner somehow manages ensures that even if they manage to smuggle one in.in, they won't be able to use it.


** Also justified is Abby being unable to call Gibs directly in the container yard due to all the containers wrecking the signal.

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** Also justified is Abby being unable to call Gibs Gibbs directly in the container yard due to all the containers wrecking the signal.signal.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'', Don tries to call another agent to warn her that there's an assassination plot in progress on the witness she's getting out of prison. He can't get through because there's no cell service in the prison. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that there's a pretty good reason for a prison to cut off cell phone access; they ''really'' would not want prisoners to have cell phone access, so this gives them a backup in case a prisoner somehow manages to smuggle one in.

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