Cell Phones and Coasters

Sunday, March 16, 2003 3:15 AM
Just wondering if anyone had any techniques for securing phones on coasters...need advice asap...I'm leaving for SFOG in about an hour.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 3:20 AM
Cargo pants with zippered pockets. You can never be too safe. I lost my cell on B:DK this summer.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 3:25 AM
Or a backpack and leave it in the station, or loop the strap through your foot on coasters with floors.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 4:16 AM
Duct Tape.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 4:25 AM
I think my biggest problem is it getting banged up against the side of cars coughchyclonecough
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Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:03 AM
Put a strap on it and hold it in your hand. Gave my wife a blow by blow description of my ride on GASM at SFoG a couple of years ago this way. :)

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:20 AM
You need a Bluetooth-enabled phone with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. That way the phone can stay in a pocket somewhere while you wirelessly talk on the headset... :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Who has no cell phone and generally doesn't take the pager into the park. Why would I want to hear from somebody at work when I am riding coasters?

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:32 AM

I think my biggest problem is it getting banged up against the side of cars coughchyclonecough
Daniel, I cracked the screen of a phone that was in my side pocket on the Coney Island Cyclone, I had a pretty strong phone (Flip phone with interior screen) and figured it must of been a freak occurance.

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Keith
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Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:32 AM
Because Dave, my sister and her husband were late arriving at the park, and I wanted to catch a spin on Gwazi instead of hanging out at the entrance plaza...;). Wouldn't ya know it, she calls from the parking lot JUST as the train left the brakes going into the station....BUSTED!

Oh, and your best friends while riding.....zippers and Velcro...:)

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 7:57 AM
Luckily my cell is pretty small so I can just slip it into my waist pack. :-) If it's too big to put in your pocket or waist pack then leave it in a car or locker.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 8:18 AM
Leave your work(cell phone) in the car and actually enjoy a day at the park, worry free! Unless you actually need the phone for a real emergency.

Coasterman Mike

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 8:20 AM
My $500 Kyocera 6035 Palm enabled "Smartphone" was destroyed by Zeus at Big Chiefs. :( Cracked the screen.

Zippered pockets usually are fine, but leave it in a locker or the car on the rough coasters (most woodies).

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 8:23 AM
Just put them in a zipepr pocket like everybody else is saying. Not too much else you can do besides leave it in the bins in the station... :(

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*** This post was edited by Blink3020 3/16/2003 1:24:31 PM ***

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 8:33 AM
I agree with you Mike: Do you really need the phone with you???? I've been on many coasters with people that have cell phones with them. Let me tell you....NOT many of those people come off the ride with it. My best bet is to keep it in you car or a locker, or even better....DON'T BRING IT AT ALL!!! :)

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 8:41 AM
Yeah, don't bring it unless you NEED it, as in, you're expecting an important call. If you leave it in the bins, someone might steal it, and the park isn't responsible for it. If you take it on the ride and it flies out, don't even bother telling the crew you lost something... because it's in about a million pieces on the ground in the track area somewhere...

Get a button, or better, a zippered pair of cargo pants or shorts (has that been said enough?) If that's not an option, try tying the phone cord around a belt loop or something. Don't rely on those phone holsters for your belt too much. It doesn't take much to pry a phone out of them, or to break them, either. The best solution is just to leave it in your car.

/ride operator soap box

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:08 AM
And if you're worried about crushing it, go to a store like Wal-Mart or Target and look for a heavy duty eyeglasses case that your phone will fit in. Make sure its still going to fit in your pocket, and you're on your way. :)

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:29 AM
I lost my cell phone three times on a coaster. The third time it didn't come home but when we called it, someone answered. Turns out they were also making lots of long distance calls with the phone too. I don't know how it survived falling out of Boomerang, but it was a strong phone. With my new phone, I just keep it in the zipper pocket on my jacket. Works great. Also, it is easy to hold onto the phone during the ride, just keep it in your hand.
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Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:36 AM
I can see losing a phone once on a coaster. Maybe even twice, but a third time?

Pretty expensive thing to not lear a lesson from.

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 11:05 AM
I've had bad luck with my cell phone. I broke the first on on The Legend, opening day last year. Luckily, sprint replaced it. Washed the second one...... LOL. Sprint replaced that one as well. I'm not sure what I'm gonna do about it this year, as I really don't think Sprint will be up to replacing it again. Oh well. I was keeping mine in one of my pockets. I try to make sure it's pretty secure and haven't lost one, but that doesn't protect it from banging up against a restraint or something.

Eric

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Sunday, March 16, 2003 2:24 PM
If you're paying for the equipment replacement plan on Sprint, they'll pretty much replace it for anything, as long as you have the pieces...

I rarely go anywhere without my cellphone anymore, but I'm considerate enough to at least turn it off when I'm in a theater or good restaraunt (one of my pet peeves with people nowadays). As others have said, zippered/velcro'ed pockets, or a waist bag, are the best places to stow it.

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