Deadlands Noir: Sweet L.A.
Despite growing competition from the telephone, telegrams remain a popular way to send short messages. Messages can be one-way or two-way, as telegraph operators and couriers are also able to send replies, if requested. Telegrams typically cost 5¢ for the first ten words, then 1¢ per word.
Most modern homes and all serious businesses have telephones, though apartment buildings and rooming houses often just have a phone at the front desk, or a payphone in the lobby. Many drugstores and diners also have payphones. Most places with a telephone also carry the telephone directory, which contains names and addresses for all listed telephone numbers. All telephone conversations are routed through the Lost Angels Exchange—known colloquially as the LAX—inside the walled city. The Exchange is a large, imposing building in the Ward of Prophets within the Holy City.
The details for radio communication given in Deadlands Noir remain true in Lost Angels, but all police vehicles are equipped with radios. In addition, some 200 police cars are equipped with two-way radios, allowing the policemen in the patrol car to respond rapidly to emergency calls.
Beat cops, those on foot, must make use of Gamewell Industries call boxes situated every few blocks, which contain emergency phones wired directly to the local precinct.