Friday, July 20, 2012
Old Landline Phones as Backup Communication
Save your old non-battery powered landline phone!
Because of the popular and convenient cell phone, DSL and cable services many people today don’t have the old hard wired landline phone in their homes. There is a need for a hard wired system should cell and cable is taken out because of an act of Mother Nature or man made disaster.
Living in hurricane country I have lost cell service due to the high wind damage of the cell towers. That is an eye opener when you have become complacent about everyday non-interrupted conveniences like the cell phone, Sat TV and electricity. The old telephone services are for the most part locally hard wired and underground keeping them away from high wind damage etc.
Even if you do not have a landline to your house there’s a good chance that one of your neighbors do. Their phone service is normally begins with an outdoor service/connection box that has a phone connection port inside that box. Remove the cover screw and open the box, inside will be a port to simply plug in your old landline phone into and now you have emergency phone service to call out from! Just be sure your neighbor allows this in times of need or you can be arrested for stealing their service.
This phone is also good to have in your bug out bag or vehicle for emergency use.
My old Princess phone
The outside phone connection box
The box opened showing the connection ports. Choose the one that has wires going to it, although if the first port you tried doesn’t have a dial tone then change to another one until you find one that has a dial tone.
My Princess phone plugged in.