Freaky Phone call from Afghanistan

Freaky Phone call from Afghanistan

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    Freaky Phone call from Afghanistan

    Do solders carry their personal phones w/ them? Do they have towers in Afghanistan?

    Fighting soldier accidentally calls home

    Published: May 5, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    OTIS, Ore., May 5 (UPI) -- An Oregon couple said their son, a soldier serving in Afghanistan, accidentally called home and left a three-minute recording on their machine during a battle.

    Jeff and Sandie Petee, parents of Stephen Phillips, said the message contained shooting, shouted profanity and calls for more ammunition, KPTV in Portland, Ore., reported Monday.

    "His friend died a year ago in Iraq and I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, this may be the last time I hear my son's voice on the phone,'" Sandie Petee said.

    "They were pinned down and apparently his barrel was overheating," said Jeff Petee. "It's something a parent really doesn't want to hear. It's a heck of a message to get from your son in Afghanistan."

    The parents said they were eventually able to make contact with their son, who told them his phone accidentally redialed their number when it was pressed up against his Humvee during the battle. Sandie Petee said Phillips, who is in the Army's military police, is expected to come home at the end of his tour next month.
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    I would have to say almost every military member has a cell phone. Service is available in many areas. They sometimes bring in their own cell "towers" if they need them.
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    He may have had a GSM phone too.
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    Petee phoned home.

    Bad timing. But it's nice to see he's thinkin' of Mom. What a heck of a phone call to get.
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    I saw that on the news. He asked his parents to please not let his grandmother hear it because there was some obcene language on it. Glad him and his team were o.k. and getting to come home next month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghuqu2 View Post
    Do they have towers in Afghanistan?
    That was my first thought....... I wondered who his provider is, because I want to switch! Also wonder how much that 3 minutes is going to cost?
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    Can you hear me now???? GOOD CAUSE WE NEED MORE AMMO!!!!!
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    The Israel army had to outlaw cell phones. Soldiers repeatedly ordered delivery food to their positions giving away their location :-/. I doubt that's the problem in Afghanistan though. Still, a more sophisticated enemy could use the signal against them. In the Israel case, it was more them seeing the delivery car.

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    and a bit more scary for the guys in Iraq/Afghanistan facing Iran backed insurgents:
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    Can you hear me now???? GOOD CAUSE WE NEED MORE AMMO!!!!!

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    Be nice if we had that kind of signal coverage in our own country!
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