I’m starting this thread to expand on @john’s pod cast.
Back in the Nextel days, you could switch over where the phones would work as stand along walkie talkies with no need for cell service. On one vessel a bunch of us had Nextel phones and found that this worked pretty well.
So, here’s my idea. I wonder how hard it would be to install a system onboard a vessel to allow Cell Phones to work inter-ship? Let’s face it every crew member has a cell phone and IMHO, it makes sense to make use of this while at sea. It would allow you to reach out to everyone by calling their phone. Now I know that a lot of vessels use radios but this would take it to the next level. If texts were used there would be a record of who called who including content and date and time. I also realize that this is thinking way out of the box but with some of the advances that have come in the last 10 years or so maybe it’s time to think about something like this.
If a system like this was setup, I would want it to make it so the phones were only used on the vessel system. This might help stop the use of cell phones during watch. I’m glad that I am retired as I saw what was happening even before “smart phones” and having crew that were glued to their damn phones.
So what are your thoughts?