Cell Phone used by Rudy Guiliani

Description (Brief)
Although wired communications systems can be more secure, wireless systems have the advantage of flexibility. For example, if one or two towers fail in a cellular telephone system the phone simply locates a working tower and the call goes through. This reliability proved critically important to New York mayor Rudy Guiliani on September 11, 2001 when he used this cell phone to help coordinate recovery efforts. Wired telephone service was disrupted in much of the city but the cellular system remained operational.
date made
ca 2000
Giuliani, Rudy
Motorola Inc.
place made
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
metal (overall material)
open: 19.7 cm x 5.7 cm x 4.5 cm; 7 3/4 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 25/32 in
closed: 13.8 cm x 5.7 cm x 3.2 cm; 5 7/16 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Nextel Communications
September 11
related event
September 11th Attacks
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American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History