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Public-images-osm logo.svg communication = mobile_phone
Using this tag is discouraged, use communication:mobile_phone=yes instead.
Group: communications
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: deprecated

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This feature has been labeled as deprecated. The recommended replacement is: communication:mobile_phone=yes.
The reason is documented in Deprecated features. You are still free to continue to use or interpret this tag as you see fit since OpenStreetMap does not have “banned features”.
Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the automated edits code of conduct. Any such change will be reverted.


communication=mobile_phone has been used in two ways:

  1. To specify that a feature is used for transmitting or receiving mobile phone signals. This usage is similar to the tag communication:mobile_phone=yes which is much more common according to taginfo.
  2. To specify that a household communicates via mobile phone. Most uses of the tag communication=mobile_phone were added by an organized mapping activity in eastern Nepal in 2015 (taginfo chronology, overpass-turbo link), along with similar tags describing the household, with the source "Nepal Red Cross Society Survey".