A cellular phone or cell phone was a wireless communication device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link while moving around a wide geographic area within the Matrix.
Cell phones were used by redpills and bluepills alike. Bluepills used cell phones to contact anyone they wanted from family, friends, partners, spouses, and company operating machines. These are all made with relative safety as the cell phones are used by the bluepills with no knowledge about the true nature of the Matrix.
Cellular phone usage by redpills
Redpills used cell phones in a manner similar to blue pills only that their phone contacts were severely restricted, mostly to fellow redpills, because cell phone use posed some security risks. Members of the Resistance also used cell phones to contact hovercraft operators for information and guidance such as asking for knowledge downloads or directions towards exits and hardlines.
Due to the security risks of calls being monitored and of strange uncharacteristic behaviors getting detected by the system, members of the Resistance usually only used their cell phones very quickly when speaking to anyone due to the possibility of having their lines either tapped into or traced by Agents, other programs, or the Machines, sometimes even having the calls traced back to their physical locations in the Real World.
Cellular phone models
Like on Earth during the 21st century, there are many different cell phone types made by different manufacturers. Some of the cell phones used in the Matrix resembled real life cell phones created by real companies.
- Main article: Nokia 8110
This cell phone was the first of Nokia's high-end, 8xxx series of cell phones released during the mid-1990s. Its distinctive styling was the first example of a 'slider' form factor with a spring-loaded slider. This cell phone was mostly used during the early year of 2199 while the Resistance was searching for The One.
The Matrix Reloaded Cell phone
- Main article: The Matrix Reloaded Cell phone
This cell phone was used by many Resistance members during the near-end of the Machine War. The most remarkable feature of this cell phone was its spring-loaded earpiece which snapped up to reveal the phone's monitor screen. This also brought the earpiece up and closer to the user.
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