Antiquated Phone? You May Not Want To Trash It
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July 10th, 2012 11:20 PM
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July 11th, 2012 03:17 AM
On Sept 11, 2001, cell phones were the first to go out. Somewhere in my house is a lined phone - gotta find it or get another.
Originally Posted by mprp
Thanks for the reminder.
July 11th, 2012 03:43 AM
We still have 2 analog phones and I still pay for a land line, for the very reasons you mention.
However, having a Father in Law who is retired from the Telcom industry I can tell you this, if we are talking about a SHTF situation or a total breakdown in order, loss of power for a very extended time frame, even the analog phones hooked to land lines will work for at most several days. Once the diesel running the emergency generators at the various switching stations runs out, landlines will be dead as well. Plus, believe it or not, now even most landlines go through several cell, or microwave hops before reaching any end point. So even with a land line, you are still reliant upon cell technology to some extent.
July 11th, 2012 08:11 AM
Back when I had a few extra bucks I had a place on the backwaters down east. My old buddy across the road would frequently give me tips on how to not be stupid with my skiff, cast net, dock construction, etc. His advice was always square but he could deliver it with a smile and a barb in it. I was a green horn and he liked it. One day he was showing me his new cordless set of phones and I mentioned power outages, which happen frequently down there. He stood their blinking.....went back in the house and plugged the old one back in. The land line, wired, is one more bit of backup.
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July 11th, 2012 07:11 PM
There's something else too: nothing sounds as good a land-line phone. Cells were OK - just OK - before everyone had them because half the time one of the two parties in a phone call still was on a land-line or at least a home remote. Now that it's cell to cell the sound is terrible for any extended conversation, so I usually just use a cell for a short business-like call, save real conversations for my home phone.
July 11th, 2012 07:42 PM
There are plenty of ways to charge a cell phone without electricity if it's an emergency.
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July 12th, 2012 10:12 PM
If someone has not mentioned this yet, remember that the land line system will not survive EMP. Keep some 2 meter and other radios protected and disconnected, in case you think you might need them in the future.
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July 13th, 2012 10:08 AM
You must have been at my house. I have that exact same phone on my desk and it still works.
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July 15th, 2012 03:01 AM
Got it! A couple years ago we had a bad ice storm in our area that cut power to 100k+ people or more. My mother and I were the only people in our family who had phone service and I was the only one from my work to have it. Folks were amazed when I explained that the phone company provides it's own power to run the phone system. Cell phones were useless until you drove through an area where the cell towers had power too. Also, it was an eerie feeling to drive through towns that were completely dark at night, made me glad to have my CC with me.
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July 15th, 2012 03:42 AM
Yeah you won't want to get rid of that one if it's workd for you before. On another note, you can actually dial the pulse type phones by tapping the hook rapidly. That's how those work is that they pulse on-hook / off-hook very fast. In other words, if you dial 1 when the phone is taken off-hook, then it pulses one time by going on-hook then off-hook really fast. So, if you treat it like morse code, (CW for you hams out there) you can dial out even if your dial is screwed up. Or say for instance a very long time ago your cousin's parents put a lock on their dial and you and your cousin figured a way to call your girlfriends.
So if you want to dial 911, you can pick up your phone there in your pic or the type in the OP and "morse code" 9 pulses, wait about 1/2 sec. then 1 pulse, wait 1/2 sec. then another pulse and you just called 911. Or any other number you want for that matter dialed in sequence.
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July 15th, 2012 05:58 PM
Some time ago (maybe 10-15 years ago) some company marketed small UPSs for backing up cordless phones. They were probably on the market for just a year or so, never got any traction.
When I went looking for some, found there's nothing like that available. Oh well, I have one plain phone on each floor of the house.
ETA: well, there is at least one marketed for cordless phones: PROVANTAGE: CyberPower Systems CPS180PHV Phone Saver - Cordless Phone Battery Back-up System
Four hour runtime doesn't do you much other than finish a call you're on, and try to call the power company to find the initial status.
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July 15th, 2012 06:43 PM
I've just plugged in the cordless and cell charger to the UPS that protects the computer equipment. Powering just the phone, it would last a good year.
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