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Badger

The Badger logo

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Badger's Advertisement.

Badger
is a mobile phone company in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It is most likely a parody of Fido Solutions, a Canadian phone company also named after an animal (a dog).

Background

In GTA IV

It is Niko Bellic's first cell phone provider that he uses to communicate and interact with the environment. Badger
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equipment is not compatible with ring tones or wallpaper and only prominently displays the Badger logo as its theme. Even though Roman supposedly gives his old phone to Niko during the mission It's Your Call, the player can still access the phone beforehand, though the only thing that can be done with it is trigger multiplayer and, in the PC version, the Video Editor.

In Chinatown Wars

The PDA present on the touch screen runs on the Badger network. The software is apparently known as BadgerOS, and gives the player access to the game's menus and features. While mobile phone conversations are not present, the PDA (as well as the computer found in safehouses) can be used to receive email. On the PSP version of the game, there are three themes selectable from the Settings menu (which can be found inside the System application), the default is Badger's skin, but one for "Sprunk" and another for "Tw@ Internet Cafe" can also be chosen.

Known Badger users

Trivia

  • The Badger network, like the Whiz network, is capable of sending photos, as shown by Ray Boccino sending you a picture of a target in the mission A Long Way To Fall, which means that perhaps Niko's inability to use themes, ring tones and to take and send pictures is due not to the network but to the cell phone he used at the time.
  • Ray Boccino owns a Badger phone, however it is shown as a Whiz phone, and also in the cutsene for the mission Late Checkout, he is seen throwing his phone at the waiter in the restaurant, which is used in an Whiz Wireless television commercial demonstrating "Enjoy Robust, Durable Handsets".
  • In the Ballad of Gay Tony, you have a Badger phone, though if you go into the 'Themes' menu, you may select a Whiz Wireless wallpaper.
  • Badger is used as another term to fart in some parts of the UK, to keep up with Rockstar's crude humour.

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