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** The Bat-Phone only existed in [[Series/{{Batman}} the 60s TV series]]; in less ludicrous versions, the idea of a dedicated phone line between the police station and Batman's ''secret headquarters'' was seen as a bad idea. The Batphone made its first comics appearance in 2003, as an encrypted cellphone.

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** The Bat-Phone only existed in [[Series/{{Batman}} [[Series/Batman1966 the 60s TV series]]; in less ludicrous versions, the idea of a dedicated phone line between the police station and Batman's ''secret headquarters'' was seen as a bad idea. The Batphone made its first comics appearance in 2003, as an encrypted cellphone.


* Defied in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=39373&name=narbonic_plus#strip3 here]].
** And again [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=41717#strip6 here]]

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* Defied {{Defied|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=39373&name=narbonic_plus#strip3 [[http://narbonic.com/comic/january-13-18-2003/ in the third strip here]].
** And again [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/narbonic_plus/series.php?view=archive&chapter=41717#strip6 here]][[http://narbonic.com/comic/june-2-7-2003/ in the sixth strip here]].


* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Lau is a Chinese national and a banker involved with organized crime. He is WrongGenreSavvy - he thinks he is in ''Film/TheDeparted'', but this is a Creator/ChristopherNolan film. As a result, he expects to escape prosecution (and thus protect the mob's money) by fleeing back to China. He does, but that won't stop Batman. In a BatmanGambit; Bruce Wayne sends Lucius Fox to personally call off a business deal in Lau's building when a simple email, video conference, or many other forms of communication would have been much more convenient. What's more, Lau points out this trope and is annoyed. Since they aren't going to do business, Lucius and Mr. Wayne are wasting his time with this face-to-face meeting. Lucius' real mission was to [[spoiler: drop off a small device disguised as a cell phone to prepare for Batman's abduction of Lau.]]

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Lau is a Chinese national and a banker involved with organized crime. He is WrongGenreSavvy - he thinks he is in ''Film/TheDeparted'', but this is a Creator/ChristopherNolan film. As a result, he expects to escape prosecution (and thus protect the mob's money) by fleeing back to China. He does, but that won't stop Batman. In a BatmanGambit; Bruce Wayne sends Lucius Fox to personally call off a business deal in Lau's building when a simple email, video conference, or many other forms of communication would have been much more convenient. What's more, Lau points out this trope and is annoyed. Since they aren't going to do business, Lucius and Mr. Wayne are wasting his time with this face-to-face meeting. Lucius' real mission was to [[spoiler: drop off a small device disguised as a cell phone to prepare for Batman's abduction of Lau.]]

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** However it does have a necessary function plotwise, to allow Kate and V.I.N.CENT. to exchange information without Reinhardt and Maximillion overhearing. And it appears to be a more reliable means of transmission than radio, as she was able to make contact when V.I.N.CENT. had lost comms while doing repairs outside the ''Palomino''.


* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The titular HenshinHero and her teammate have magical items that can ([[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands many, many other functions]]) act pretty much exactly like a modern cellphone, but they're only available when in costume. And since Ladybug is ''extremely'' paranoid about keeping her and Chat Noir's civilian identities a secret ''even from each other'' (and in Season 2 we find out she was very much ProperlyParanoid) they have no way to communicate when not transformed despite the fact they both own cellphones. Dealing with the knock-on effects from them realising this is a problem and finding a workaround has become a popular FandomSpecificPlot as a result.

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* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The titular HenshinHero and her teammate have magical items that can ([[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands amongst many, many other functions]]) act pretty much exactly like a modern cellphone, but they're only available when in costume. And since Ladybug is ''extremely'' paranoid about keeping her and Chat Noir's civilian identities a secret ''even from each other'' (and in Season 2 we find out she was very much ProperlyParanoid) they have no way to communicate when not transformed despite the fact they both own cellphones. Dealing with the knock-on effects from them realising this is a problem and finding a workaround has become a popular FandomSpecificPlot as a result.


Frequently {{lampshade|hanging}}d either by somebody pointing out that it would be easier to just phone 'em, or by somebody (often a GenreSavvy individual) suggesting this kind of communication, only for the person to respond "Well, yeah, I ''could'' do that, but it would be faster to just send him an e-mail..."

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Frequently {{lampshade|hanging}}d either by somebody pointing out that it would be easier to just phone 'em, or by somebody (often a GenreSavvy individual) suggesting this kind of communication, only for the person to respond "Well, yeah, I ''could'' do that, but it would be faster to just send him an e-mail..."


* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse comic]] ''Jedi vs. Sith'', they use ''messengers''. In ''Star Wars''. Granted, this takes place 1,000 years before the films, and there's already a good deal of SchizoTech in place like wooden spacecraft and bows-and-arrows being used alongside lightsabers, but comlinks were definitely invented by then. The canon explanation for this need is the galaxy-spaning [[TheInternet Holonet]] had been shattered at this point by the Sith, and Star Wars ships have always traveled at around the same speed as transmitted messages, anyway.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse comic]] ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' comic ''Jedi vs. Sith'', they use ''messengers''. In ''Star Wars''. Granted, this takes place 1,000 years before the films, and there's already a good deal of SchizoTech in place like wooden spacecraft and bows-and-arrows being used alongside lightsabers, but comlinks were definitely invented by then. The canon explanation for this need is the galaxy-spaning galaxy-spanning [[TheInternet Holonet]] had been shattered at this point by the Sith, and Star Wars ships have always traveled at around the same speed as transmitted messages, anyway.


->'''Negi:''' I can't hear Asuna-san's voice with [[{{Telepathy}} this]]?\\

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->'''Negi:''' I can't hear Asuna-san's voice with [[{{Telepathy}} this]]?\\[{{Telepathy}}]?\\

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* Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': The titular HenshinHero and her teammate have magical items that can ([[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands many, many other functions]]) act pretty much exactly like a modern cellphone, but they're only available when in costume. And since Ladybug is ''extremely'' paranoid about keeping her and Chat Noir's civilian identities a secret ''even from each other'' (and in Season 2 we find out she was very much ProperlyParanoid) they have no way to communicate when not transformed despite the fact they both own cellphones. Dealing with the knock-on effects from them realising this is a problem and finding a workaround has become a popular FandomSpecificPlot as a result.


* The wizards of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' when they really need to contact each other, take an extremely difficult spell most wizards can't cast, and then complicate it by making it talk. Also mail taken by owl, which as such moves at a bird's flying speed. Oh, and their "stick your head in the fireplace and hope someone is within earshot" method. Interestingly, presumably-instantaneous audio-visual communication by magic mirror ''does'' exist; it's mentioned exactly once and never used. Justified due to 1) the books take place in the 1990s before cell phones and the internet were in widespread use, and 2) it is mentioned that electronic technology doesn't work around Hogwarts because there is "too much magic in the air."

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* The wizards of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' when they really need to contact each other, take an extremely difficult spell most wizards can't cast, and then complicate it by making it talk. Also mail taken by owl, which as such moves at a bird's flying speed.speed though it is implied in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' that owls can be teleported part of the way if there's need. Oh, and their "stick your head in the fireplace and hope someone is within earshot" method. Interestingly, presumably-instantaneous audio-visual communication by magic mirror ''does'' exist; it's mentioned exactly once and never used. Justified due to 1) the books take place in the 1990s before cell phones and the internet were in widespread use, and 2) it is mentioned that electronic technology doesn't work around Hogwarts because there is "too much magic in the air."


** In several incarnations of Batman (most famously in the Adam West TV series) Commissioner Gordon has a red phone with a direct line to Batman as well as a Bat-Signal. More recent versions have introduced an special encrypted CellPhone for thentimes when it's unwise and impractical to use the signal.

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** In several incarnations of Batman (most famously in the Adam West TV series) Commissioner Gordon has a red phone with a direct line to Batman as well as a Bat-Signal. More recent versions have introduced an special encrypted CellPhone for thentimes the times when it's unwise and impractical to use the signal.



** Played straight in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/2012/said-sweetheart/ here]]. Justified, as it turns out [[spoiler: the message is being sent by a supercomupter that can only communicate by implanting messages in people's minds, which they then think they see imprinted on things.]]

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** Played straight in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/2012/said-sweetheart/ here]]. Justified, as it turns out [[spoiler: the message is being sent by a supercomupter supercomputer that can only communicate by implanting messages in people's minds, which they then think they see imprinted on things.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' episode "The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account," the Tick presents the mayor a Tick signal to flash onto a conveniently passing cloudbank when he is needed. The mayor promptly points out, "We have your phone number." The Tick's reply: "Also useful."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' episode "The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account," the Tick presents the mayor a Tick signal to flash onto a conveniently passing cloudbank cloud bank when he is needed. The mayor promptly points out, "We have your phone number." The Tick's reply: "Also useful."

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* Demigods in the Percy Jackson series are prohibited from using cell phones, as transmitting their voices makes a stronger beacon for monsters to track. In place of them Greek demigods use Iris Messaging, which is holographic video messaging facilitated by the goddess of rainbows, implicitly limited to any area with a source of water vapor to conceivably generate a rainbow for one and a tithe to donate. Roman demigods use eagles instead.


* Discussed in ''Film/KickAss''. Kick-Ass asks Hit Girl how he can contact Big Daddy and Hit Girl. She mockingly tells him they have a BatSignal, and "It's in the shape of a giant ...[[note]]cock[[/note]]." Big Daddy then proceeds to tell KickAss that he can just leave certain code words in his Myspace and they'll know that means he wants them to find him.

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* Discussed in ''Film/KickAss''. Kick-Ass asks Hit Girl how he can contact Big Daddy and Hit Girl. She mockingly tells him they have a BatSignal, and "It's in the shape of a giant ...giant... [[note]]cock[[/note]]." Big Daddy then proceeds to tell KickAss Kick-Ass that he can just leave certain code words in his Myspace and they'll know that means he wants them to find him.


* The wizards of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' when they really need to contact each other, take an extremely difficult spell most wizards can't cast, and then complicate it by making it talk. Also mail taken by owl, which as such moves at a bird's flying speed. Oh, and their "stick your head in the fireplace and hope someone is within earshot" method. Interestingly, presumably-instantaneous audio-visual communication by magic mirror ''does'' exist; it's mentioned exactly once and never used.
** To be fair an owl would take the letter directly to the recipient, rather than having to wait for the letter to be picked up by the mailman, taken to the post office, delivered to another post office, then delivered by another mailman. So in some cases mail by owl would probably be faster.
*** But email is even faster.

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* The wizards of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' when they really need to contact each other, take an extremely difficult spell most wizards can't cast, and then complicate it by making it talk. Also mail taken by owl, which as such moves at a bird's flying speed. Oh, and their "stick your head in the fireplace and hope someone is within earshot" method. Interestingly, presumably-instantaneous audio-visual communication by magic mirror ''does'' exist; it's mentioned exactly once and never used.
** To be fair an owl would
used. Justified due to 1) the books take place in the letter directly to 1990s before cell phones and the recipient, rather than having to wait for internet were in widespread use, and 2) it is mentioned that electronic technology doesn't work around Hogwarts because there is "too much magic in the letter to be picked up by the mailman, taken to the post office, delivered to another post office, then delivered by another mailman. So in some cases mail by owl would probably be faster.
*** But email is even faster.
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