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.
Object Name
cellular telephone
date made
ca 2000
user
Giuliani, Rudy
maker
Motorola Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
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
place made
Malaysia
ID Number
2002.0241.01
accession number
2002.0241
catalog number
2002.0241.01
subject
American Enterprise
Communications
September 11
event
September 11th Attacks
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Work and Industry: Electricity
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Nextel Communications

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