The Mystery Behind Ringing Cell Phones On Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Uncovered


When the mystery shrouding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 was continuing to baffle everyone, another news related to the missing aircraft gave everyone goosebumps. This happened when a family member of one of the passengers appeared on Chinese television to show people that her brother’s phone was still ringing.

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The phone rang multiple times before it disconnected and other families tried it too. A group of 19 families have all claimed that the phones of their loved ones are still ringing but they have received no answer from any of the calls. These families sent a joint legal statement to Malaysian Airlines officials, asking for an explanation.


But unfortunately, a ringing tone does not mean that the device is active. Wireless analysts say that the ringing tone is a psychological trick used intentionally to keep callers on the line while the network tries to connect their call. A ringing tone does not necessarily mean that the phone on the other end is still operational. A spokesperson from the CTIA-The Wireless Association further confirmed this.
Basically, when you call someone on a mobile, the mobile network starts to search the phone at its last known location. If the network isn’t able to find it there, it expands its search to a larger area. This process of searching takes a 2-3 seconds and during this time, the network will play the ringing tone for the caller so that he doesn’t hang up. However, once the network confirms that the phone is off, it will hang up the call. This explains the mystery of ringing tones.

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One woman from the family of a passenger said that if she could get through to a ringing phone than authorities should be able to locate it and hence, the missing airplane. Unfortunately, triangulating a phone’s location requires that everything would have to be working perfectly. The phone being tracked must have a GPS in it and this feature must be turned on. If all these requirements are met then they could locate the phone, but if its at the bottom of the ocean and the ringing is caused only by the network carrier, then it will be almost impossible to track its location.


Surely all of this information is yet another hard pill that the families of the passengers will have to swallow. With loved ones missing and barely any scrap of information available to them, they must now also deal with the diminished hope that the ringing calls were never actually delivered.

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3. Thinking How Can A Modern Commercial Airliner Simply Disappear In 2014? Here Is The Answer


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  2. M Shankly Reply

    This is absolute nonsense. No mobile phone rings when the person you’re trying to reach has their mobile off or they don’t have a signal. CTIA spokesperson should be sacked.

  3. Henrick Reply

    Here’s a few quotes, the authors can be found by copying text and pasteing it to google search…

    “With the disappearance of those on Malaysian Airlines MH370 billionaire Jacob Rothschild becomes the sole owner of an important semiconductor patent.
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    Rothschild, is believed to have gained full Patent Rights of an incredible KL-03 micro-chip. The US technological company, Freescale Semiconductor, who shared its rights with Rothschild, had twenty senior members on board who had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar system’s the day before the plane went missing…”

    “The Freescale’s shareholders include the Carlyle Group who’s past advisors have included ex-US president George Bush Sr and former British Prime Minister John Major. Some of the companies previous clients include the construction firm owned by the family of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi Binladin Group.

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  6. Akif Reply

    Explaination as to ringing tones is so childish and misleading that I now believe that alot of people are trying to cover up.When a cell phone we are calling is either diverted to voice mail or an automated massage is played that required cellphone is switched off……..above told story seems outta this world.Diego Garcia is the place relatives should be looking.

  7. hussnain Reply

    There is a big game behind this mystery… may be america or israel are involve in this worst case because malaysia was an islamic and peaceful country for muslims and other cummunity.. if any one agree with this so good or anyone not this is her/his own choice… thanks

  8. kasey Reply

    If the cell phones were not working, (the victims) then it would send straight to voicemail. Come on people, common sense. This means that since the phones are still ringing, the phones are still on. Plane was hijacked, all phones confiscated by force and everyone searched one by one, and the plane is landed somewhere. Passengers held hostage until they either kill them or call for ransom. Oil slicks in ocean can be from anything, they need to test it to see if it held anything, even any slightest dna from the inside of a engine of the plane.

  9. Majid Reply

    Is not strange argumentation that company keeps the call on-going till it found the targeted person? ok If it is accepted then why not company leave a message that service is not in reach? ringing phone mean device is active?

  10. sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Reply

    Allah bless all missing Malaysia airlines pessengers.

  11. gnaneswar Reply

    u can find the the location of any andriod phone by login into google latitude in computer with same mail id used for the maps in that phone… if any person email and password is know to relatives o try to login with their email in google latitude….pls make sure the mail is id is used by tht user for map application in tht phone, this does nt requir GPS to turn on, google will ping ur location for every 1hour…check this

    • gnaneswar Reply

      search for google latitude and click on “Location History – Google Maps” search result and then login with email id of user

  12. Joao Reis Reply

    You can triangulate to a certain area by using the antenas the mobile phone use in that covered area. And it can be very accurate!

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