CNN Debunks Malaysia Airlines Cell Phone Mystery

After an incredibly robust week of coverage on the situation in Ukraine, CNN has seemingly moved on this week, instead focusing its attention on the still unknown whereabouts of the Malaysian Airlines plane carrying 239 people that disappeared on Friday somewhere near Vietnam. On Tuesday, Wolf Blitzer addressed reports of family members who say the cell phones of their loved ones are still ringing when they call.

Technology expert Jeff Kagan joined Blitzer to explain what might be happening and in the process squashed the hopes of those people who see the ringing cell phones as a positive omen. “This is one of the sad parts about the technology,” Kagan said before explaining that just because the calls are not going straight to voicemail does not mean that those phones are still on and active somewhere.

While the person on this end may hear ringing the phone on the other end may not actually be receiving the call. “They are hearing ringing and they are assuming it’s connecting to their loved ones, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s the network sending a signal to the phone letting them know it’s looking for them.”

Watch video below, via CNN:

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