Vim's charity: phone wanted
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In October I am going to visit the Kibaale Children's Centre in Uganda.
Communication with the project has always been difficult, because they
are in a remote area. Last year I managed to setup a GSM antenna so
that they could be called.
I have now heard that the phone broke down. I don't know why or if they
can get it fixed. But at least I want to bring another phone on my
trip, either as a replacement or as a backup. I also want to setup
e-mail, because this is the most convenient method and has much lower
For this purpose I'm looking for a second hand phone. Hopefully someone
has one laying around because he got a new one. The phone may be
scratched and look ugly, so long as it works properly.
I can't use just any phone, because it needs to be connected to a GSM
antenna and to a computer. The cables for this are hard to get and/or
The preferred models are Nokia 5110/6110/7110/6210/6310. These all use
the same cables and have an antenna connector on the back (usually
covered by a round rubber plug). For these I can easily get cables that
I know will work (I used a Nokia 7110 last year). Thus I can use these
even if you don't have the cables.
For other models I would need a complete set:
- Phone with internal modem
- Antenna cable (adapter) which fits an FME plug. Note that signal
strength matters, thus it should be a good cable, not an inductive
- PC cable to USB, with software that supports using the phone as a modem.
If you are in Europe you can send it directly to me:
5925 BE Venlo
When outside of Europe we need to be aware of taxes. If you can clearly
mark the package as something up to $20 it should be OK. If it goes
over that I have to pay taxes (also over the transport costs), this may
make it unattractive.
I'm packing my bags October 15, thus it should be here before then.
Sooner is better, so that I can try it out before leaving. In case of
any doubt, please ask me before sending anything.
Here you can read the report of my trip last year, with a picture of the
GSM antenna I setup then: http://iccf-holland.org/news.html
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