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Cloud listening to a voice message from Tifa in Advent Children.

A Cellphone (also called PHS, handset, or simply phone) is a piece of revolutionary technology in the universe of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. Functionally and appearance-wise, it is the same as cellphones of the real world, although some appear in Final Fantasy VII, some years before its mass usage in the real world.

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Final Fantasy VII

The PHS cellphone.

The PHS, the means of switching party members at Save Points and on the World Map, is a cellphone. Cloud receives it in Kalm from his allies after they escape Midgar. Later on in the story, if Cait Sith is not in the party at the Temple of Ancients and during the second visit to the Forgotten Capital, he will contact Cloud via the PHS to inform him of his plan to sacrifice his body and alert the party of the Sister Ray cannon's transfer from Junon to Midgar, respectively.

In the Reunion Files for Advent Children, Nomura states that PHS stands for "Party Henshu (Editing) System".

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

A Japanese advertisement of Cloud holding a Panasonic FOMA P900iV. Advent Children was used to advertise the phone, and vise versa.
Various colors of the Panasonic FOMA P900iV. Shown are Champagne Gold, Blonze Orange, and Cloud Black, the model Cloud used in the film.

The phone prominently featured here and future Compilation installments is the Panasonic FOMA P900iV, which helped to market the movie and vice versa. All of the living main characters of the game (except Red XIII, Cait Sith, and Vincent), as well as Rufus Shinra, the Turks and the movie's antagonists, Yazoo, Loz, and Kadaj, all seem to own a phone. It is Cloud's phone, however, that takes significance as part of his symbolism in the movie.

Cloud's phone became a symbol of his isolation from Tifa, Marlene, Denzel, and pretty much everybody else, after learning he had contracted Geostigma, adding insult to injury for his self-imposed guilt of failing to prevent the deaths of Aerith and Zack. Cloud no longer answers his calls, forcing callers to merely leave voice messages to be listened to later on, and he rarely, if ever, calls them back. Tifa scolds Cloud for isolating himself using the phone as an example, saying "you don't answer the phone, but I don't see you throwing it away either". Later, during Cloud's scuffle against the three Sephiroth Remnants at the Forgotten Capital, he accidentally drops his phone in the lake, where two years earlier, Aerith's body was laid to rest. When Cloud realizes it had been lost, he is harshly chastised by Marlene and Vincent for his constant isolationism, which causes his change for the better. Unbeknownst to them, when Cloud's phone reaches the lake's bottom, Aerith's spirit leaves a message on it before it deactivates.

As a joke in the film, during his entrance in the battle against Bahamut SIN, Vincent asks Tifa where the cellphone store is, as he lacked one. Shortly after the events of the movie, as chronicled in Reminiscence of Final Fantasy VII, he finally acquires a phone, revealed in Dirge of Cerberus to sport his trademark Dirge design. In a humorous instance, he calls Cloud to pass on a message to Yuffie to tell her that she has no right to call his phone. In fact most of the dialogue of Reminiscence are phone conversations, as none of the characters are seen outside of the Final Fantasy VII montages.

In a humorous scene, the ringtone of Loz's phone is revealed to be the beginning snippet of the Final Fantasy VII version of Victory Fanfare, as it rings shortly after Tifa narrowly "defeats" him in Aerith's church before he gets back up and answers it.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-

The player Turks use their cellphones to get orders from Verdot or Tseng. With these they can report emergency information or be given on-the-spot instructions on what to do.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

Vincent's cellphone artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.

As previously stated, by this time, Vincent has finally acquired a phone bearing his Dirge design on it, though it is thought to be destroyed during the attack on Edge. Also, in the final cutscenes, Cloud appears to have gained a new phone, identical to his original, probably as a reference to his having moved on with his life.

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Mission abort?

Despite taking place before the original game, the phones featured here are the same models as those of Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus. Zack periodically receives e-mail from numerous contacts, as well as important calls, throughout the game. Called "handsets", they are seen as a standard issue among SOLDIER members. Angeal, Zack, and Sephiroth have been seen using them, and Kunsel gave Zack a crash course on how to use his at the beginning of the game. It can be assumed that the Menu (or at least, the Missions Menu) is what Zack reviews on his mobile phone screen, as Angeal had accessed his phone in that way to abort a training session in the prologue. The phones also have a wireless connection with shops, allowing Zack to purchase or sell items.


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GTA

Up to date as of February 09, 2010
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From Grand Theft Wiki

Badger phone in GTA IV, without Badger logo.

The phone is a portable communication device that has been carried by the protagonists of all the Grand Theft Auto games since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. In the GTA III era, the phone was essentially cosmetic, and could not be used by the player to make calls at will, but its use has been expanded in Grand Theft Auto IV.

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Tommy Vercetti retrieves a phone from Leo Teal during "Back Alley Brawl", allowing him to receive calls from in-game characters about missions or other topics. The phone's design is based on early commercial mobile phones from the 1980s.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Carl Johnson has a phone which he uses to make and receive calls. Again, these may be about missions, they may relate to the general story, they may be tips from other characters, or they may serve no particular purpose — for example, the prank calls CJ receives from Catalina. The phone's design is that of an early flip-phone, with a small display for numbers.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Toni Cipriani retrieves a phone from a deceased Sindacco member in "Snuff". This phone is presumably the phone he uses from then on, as Toni originally called using a pay phone in "Home Sweet Home". The phone's function is similar to those in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The use of the phone is greatly expanded in Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes. The player can use the phone (given to Niko Bellic by his cousin Roman during the second mission), and a camera phone from Playboy X, during the mission Photo Shoot to make calls, a new feature to the series

Niko can now call his friends and girlfriends to hang out or go on dates respectively, and can now receive text and picture messages from people. Niko can also use his phone to access cheats, go to multiplayer, and call emergency vehicles (like Police Cars, Ambulances, and Fire Trucks) for assistance. The second model of phone is equipped with a camera, available for use anytime, and used in certain missions. Use of the phone can also trigger some missions, like the The Holland Play, and pre-emptively calling some characters may trigger story-related dialogue more quickly.

The theme and ringtone of the phone can be changed via a website on the in-game internet after the second model of the phone is acquired. The two phones used by Niko during the game are Badger and Whiz brand phones.

Exclusive features

In the PS3 version, an additional option is available in the phone. It is a SIXAXIS tutorial that teaches the player on how to use the SIXAXIS controller in the game. In the PC version, the Video Editor is an option in the phone. In both versions, the game will exit out of gameplay and all unsaved progress will be lost.

Phone exploits in Grand Theft Auto IV

If the player has damaged a vehicle to the point where the engine won't start, the phone can be used to 'jumpstart' it by calling any number or contact — the engine will spontaneously function again, although no damage will be repaired. For convenience's sake, one can cancel the phone call as soon as "Calling..." is seen on the phone's display — the engine comes back to life as soon as the call is initiated.

In the console versions of the game, the phone can also be used as a kind of 'super handbrake', to instantly stop any vehicle, no matter the speed. Initiating the camera while driving will instantly stop the car — the player can leave the phone open to the 'Camera' menu option, and then press X (on PS3) or A (on Xbox 360) when they want to stop. This is presumably a bug, and was fixed in the PC version — activating the phone camera while driving on PC will merely change the game camera to the 'hood cam' perspective, and activate the phone camera as normal. As this exploit requires a camera function, it can only be performed once the player has acquired the second model of phone.

Trivia

  • In GTA IV the second model of the phone can be customized with themes and ringtones from websites. On the streets of the Liberty City random pedestrians will sometimes take out their phones to receive a call. If you look closely at the civilians phone, you will notice that the theme on their phone's screen will be the same as your current phone theme.
  • In The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the protagonists of each (Johnny Klebitz and Luis Fernando Lopez) also have phones the player can use in the same way Niko's is used. Each character has a different type of phone than the others, and Johnny and Luis each have a unique theme for their phones. Johnny Klebitz's phone is more rounded than Niko Bellic's rectangular phone and the numbers on the keypad are more separated due to each number  being on a separate button, whereas the numbers on Niko's phone use a "key strip" layout used on phones like the Motorola Razor. Johnny's phone has a unique "Lost MC" theme featuring The Lost Motorcycle Club's patch. Luis Fernando Lopez's phone appears to be more high-end than Niko and Johnny's phones and is round, similar to Johnny's, and has a glowing blue keypad and a unique "Club" theme. Luis' phone resembles a LG KE850 Prada.

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