Don't read too much into ringing tones, families told

Don't read too much into ringing tones, families told

PETALING JAYA - Relatives of passengers of the missing MH370 flight have been calling their phones and getting a ringing tone - but a tech expert tells them not to read too much into this.


Videos of the phones receiving ringing tones have gone viral on social media, leading to speculation that the jetliner is still safe.

Technology industry analyst and "E-Commerce Times" columnist Jeff Kagan told CNN that no conclusions could be reached concerning the ringing phones.

"When a cellphone rings, it first connects with the network and attempts to locate the end-user's phone. If it doesn't find the phone after a few minutes, after a few rings, then typically, it disconnects and that's what's happening.

"So, they're hearing ringing and they're assuming it's connecting to their loved ones, but it's not. It's the network sending a signal to the phone letting them know it's looking for them." he said.

Kagan said the technology meant he could not speculate on what ringing phones in this situation could mean.

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