Any input from anywhere else?
the old phone were phazed out because of 2 reasons, first the technology got alot better, ( however nextel still uses 800mhz )
the main reason they were phazed out is because they were not E-911 capable. the laws changed and required all new phones to have a GPS chip built in them so when you call 911 they can locate you. ( you can turn that feature off in most newer phones)
i`ve heard that they still use these old phones in Canada out in some of the remote areas where a regular phone just wont cut it. the brick phones will put out almost a full watt of power, and the old bag phones would do 5 watts.
The range these phone would get is awesome, but the battery's run down fast.