Antiquated Phone? You May Not Want To Trash It
Ever been to a yard / garage sale and see one of those old phones with only the 12 buttons, 1-0, * and #? Well, if you don't own one, you may want to pick up the next one that you see at that yard sale or at any store that may carry them. You know, those "stupid" corded things that are a pain in the butt because you can't walk around the house with it like you can a cordless.
So what is it that we hear quite often on here about home defense? Grab a firearm and call 911. Well what if you've limited yourself to equipment totally dependent on commercial power and there is none and you have no idea when it will be restored? Sometimes you don't have to.
Many of you may already know this but it would be worth it to me if one person didn't and was helped out the next time the power goes out in their neck of the woods. Here's the thing. I work as an exchange manager at a phone company and so I see this all the time whenever the power goes out especially. Quite a few go without phone service because the power goes out and guess what goes with it? Those wonderful cutting edge cordless phones.
What some people don't understand is that the newer phones need electricity and when the power goes out, it doesn't mean that they don't have phone service. Ok, granted the telephone lines aren't damaged due to the storm along with the commercial power. But in a rolling power outage situation you should still have telephone service which may be your last line of communication when cell phones go dead and the power is out for days. Normal telephone service does not rely on commercial power to feed dial tone to your house and is usually backed up with emergency power that should far outlast any outage thrown its way. But when the lights go dark, you wouldn't believe how many don't realize that there is phone service right there at their phone jack on the wall.
Knowing what goes on in my telephone exchange area, the recent outage in WV got me thinking of how many people must not realize that their phone could still be working if they only had the right one. And although a lot of us are well prepared for things that come our way as far as extra food on hand, defensive weaponry etc., in our technological world it's easy to forget about those good old fashioned products that they just don't make like they used to or are very easy to pass up in the store because they just aren't convenient or "techni-cool."
Now, one caveat to this is you may likely run into one of the old rotary phones that don't require electricity as well but the main switch at your phone company may choke on the inherent pulse platform. Not impossible to use but the switch technician may have to change a setting before it can work well. (I do with my switch) The corded push button type uses DTMF which is common with any other phones made today, even cordless. (Sans IP PBX phones) I'm refering to normal dial tone service.
So although the big one, (SHTF) has yet to hit, those who are in the middle of a major power outage for a long period of time can probably parallel the two. Whenever I get a hold of an extra, I give it to a needy person when I find out that the power has been out and they've been without a phone. So if you do have normal phone service you may want to have one of these as a backup to increase your odds of reaching 911 during an outage. So these are just a few thoughts of mine, a bit unorthodox for a defensive firearms forum I know but I figured I'd pass it on as communication is also a big part of home defense.
Don't be home without it!