TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: question about historical cell site information

question about historical cell site information

Brent Newton (
Thu, 29 Jun 2006 11:00:52 -0500

Hi. I came across your website. I am a criminal defense attorney in
Houston, Texas, exploring a possible alibi defense for a client whose
cell phone records show his cell phone being used immediately before
the alleged bank robbery that the police claim he committed. He says
he made the call at his mother's house, which is 40 miles away the
bank he allegedly robbed. I have subpoenaed the historical cell site
records from the carrier, T-Mobile, but a T-Mobile representative
claims that they do not keep historical cell site information past 30
days. Does this seem correct to you? I know other carriers, such as
Sprint/Nextel, keep such records in their archives for years. Any
suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Brent Newton

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Can anyone offer any suggestions to
this attorney about cell phone record keeping and how cell towers
are assigned, etc? And to attorney Newton, good luck in getting your
client off the hook on this! PAT]

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