Spin-off meeting by the Gleaners
Our proposition of using the same mobile phone number for plural mobile phone handsets
Glass Snake: Hello! Since one of our members worries if our work is helpful to our everyday life, we'd like to discuss about a subject more directly concerned with our life than the universe matter.
Stamp Pony: I'm glad to hear that. The worrying member is me.
Puzzle Sheep: The number of mobile phone handsets is increasing day by day all over the world. Furthermore many subscribers want a second and even a third handsets for internet connection or for the reserved one. When we have plural handsets we are allotted plural mobile phone numbers now.
Stamp Pony: If the number of subscribers who have plural handsets is increased, we will be overwhelmed with the mobile phone numbers.
Robot: Although androids won't be confused no matter how many mobile phone numbers are, the subject of this spin-off meeting is to propose a method of easing the increase of mobile phone numbers to the authorities of the communication world. We had better not ask G. Snake if he knows the authorities.
Glass Snake: It's none of your business. One solution is to use the same mobile phone numbers for plural handsets. For example, as shown in Fig. 1(A), a businessman B has a first handset 10A and a second handset 10B. And his child C has a handset 10C, this is also a third handset of the businessman B.
Here, the mobile phone numbers of the handsets 10A, 10B, and 10C are the same, we refer to the same number as the number TN1 (refer to Fig. 1(B)). Of course, the device numbers of the handsets 10A, 10B, and 10C are different, we refer to the device numbers as the numbers DN1, DN8, and DN9, respectively (refer to Fig. 1(B)). The number TN1 is open to the public, but the device numbers are recorded only in memories of mobile base stations 6A, 6B, etc.
This means that the mobile base stations can discriminate among the handsets 10A, 10B, and 10C, while the public can't discriminate among them.
Puzzle Sheep: I think maybe the first handset 10A can be used as an ordinary handset and other handsets 10B and 10C are set not to respond to phone calls by the mobile base stations.
Glass Snake: That's right. Although the handsets 10B and 10C are set not to respond to the call by the mobile phone number TN1, the handsets 10B and 10C can make a phone call to another handset (including the handset 10A) and connect with the internet 4 at will. If the first handset 10A is lost or broken, the businessman B can ask the mobile base stations to set the handset 10B to respond to phone calls.
Robot: Since the handsets 10B and 10C don't have to answer phone calls, the handsets 10B and 10C don't need to send their own position information signals to the mobile base stations. Thus the quantity of the signal processing in the mobile base stations is also eased.
Stamp Pony: However what shall I do when I want to respond to phone calls using the handset 10B or 10C？
Puzzle Sheep: Then you have only to buy a new handset as usual and ask for a new mobile phone number. The problem is, if the handsets 10B and 10C are used in some illegal activities or not？
Glass Snake: On the contrary, since the handsets 10B and 10C don't respond to phone calls and are related to the handset 10A or the subscriber (the businessman B), the handsets 10B and 10C are not suitable for other activities than personal use.
Robot: I shall ask you to close the meeting now.
All: We are those who live on a spherical surface in four-dimensional space, that is, we are spherical-surfacelings!
We are the Gleaners!
Robot: In Walter Cronkite accent!
All: Good evening, we are the Gleaners! And that's the way the universe is!
Robot: You, self-righteous spherical-surfacelings! Dismissed!
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