I kinda started to see your point, but then it hit me.
You and I weren't there.
How do we really know if Ron was allowed by DM to use a phone? Like what if DM didn't even answer Ron's CSW's for permission--or stuff like that?
I mean...like what if the Commodore's hands and fingers were like totally taped really tight with duct tape or like crazy glue?
I don't think it's realistic to believe that Ron had time to research EVERYTHING in the MEST universe, like the standard tech for escaping from crazy-glued fingers.