Monday, June 1, 2015
My Survival Phone
I seriously wanted the headline of this post to say “Don’t Get Between A Man And His Princess Phone” for shock value.
I maintain a landline for a variety of reasons.
One reason is to have a backup method of calling people if my cell phone decides to go on the fritz.
Another reason is to channel all of my communication with non-friends through that line.
I don’t want my cell phone constantly doing something because that eats battery time.
I thought of getting rid of my landline, but it occurred to me that having a landline could be a survival/prepper thing…because what if the cell towers go out?
I thought I was, but I wasn’t.
Sometimes, my unintelligence stuns me.
I say that because the phone I have hooked to my landline requires power to operate.
So if the power is out and the cell towers are out, I have no phone.
But there is wisdom out there that says wired phone lines may still operate and to do so you need a non-powered phone to take advantage of it.
I was at SOS Survival Products (click) in Van Nuys, California when I saw a shiny, new, Trimline phone for sale.
It dawned on me right there and then the faulty logic of my landline plan.
Yes, I could have scoured the local thrift stores for an old, non-rotary phone, but the shiny, new one was about $16 or so, making it an extremely modest impulse buy.
I may even find an old Rolodex to hold phone numbers.
Landlines also have a slight edge when you’re calling 911 in that if you live in an apartment complex—let’s say—and you dial 911 and cannot talk, the emergency operator knows exactly where you are.
With the cell phone, the emergency operator knows almost exactly where you are.
If you’re in a high-rise building, the cell phone only lets the emergency know the street address.
Thus, landlines are worth keeping if you’re a prepper.
I also say that they are worth the cost of paying for monthly service.
I could bundle my AT&T cell phone, landline, television, and Internet and the cost of the landline would be literally just a couple dollars a month, but no one could pay me to move to U-Verse.
So, what do you do if you do not have a landline?
Some people in this world are unscrupulous.
There are posts out there showing how to steal landline service from unsuspecting neighbors and I highly discourage it.
Buy a line and just shut up and deal with it.
If you have a landline box, you may wish to secure it with a lock and chain, which is on my to-do list for tomorrow.