NBC did this with Chrysler back in the 90s with "Viper." It had compelling storylines, featured the car as a character, and was fun to watch (even though I only saw it in reruns at 2am after Star Trek: Voyager). Ford did it with Knight Rider just recently. It can be done, and it can be done well. It can also be done really, really badly.
The last time I got arrested I was allowed to keep my cell phone until I ended up actually in jail. I think it all depends on who the arresting officer is. Mine was IMing other officers on our way to the jail!
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