“Holy SHTF, Batman! It’s pandemonium – TEOTWAWKI – human cockroaches roaming the streets raiding homes– call our homies for backup!”
“Cripe – I can’t, no cell phone reception!”
“Use the cordless phone, go land line, dude.”
“Can’t, the power is out.”
“Cripe! We’re all gonna die!”
I know YOU don’t want to find yourself in THIS situation when the shit goes down. Well, rest assured like a good neighbor, Ranger Man is here (sung to State Farm Insurance theme).
If you want to secure another level of communication security, you NEED to buy a corded telephone. Why? Because they are NOT powered by the electric company. Let me say that again. They are NOT powered by the electric company. Dig?
Unlike hoity toity all-the-features-in-the-world wireless phones that plug into an electrical outlet in addition to a phone jack, corded phones run off DC electrical juice only, provided by the phone line itself. They don’t need AC juice to function.
I know what you’re thinking – “Well if the power is out, it usually means a pole is down, there goes the phone lines, too.” Well, that is possible, but not necessarily so. When a pole goes down the electric wires are grounded out, but telephone wires (sheathed in plastic) are not, so service remains (so long as the wires was not split in half). Switchboards may lose power, but they’re cranked up with all kinds of backup generator action. In a long-term SHTF situation a corded phone won’t help much, but it could provide critical communication in the early stages of TEOTWAWKI.
“Cell phone makes much more sense,” you say. Yeah, they’re portable and operate when the power is out, but it’s not a fail safe method. Cell phone reception can go out completely in a disaster or be spotty at best.
A corded phone also better protects your privacy when providing credit card information or other information over the telephone (like rendezvous points and food storage locations). Conversations over a cordless phone can be intercepted by using anything from an eaves-dropping device to a basic baby monitor. A corded phone will help reduce the risk of identity fraud.
Every survival house should have at least one corded phone, preferably in the master bedroom or the basement. Got bunker? Put one there, too. Now I wouldn’t be advocating for such measures if a corded phone cost hundreds of dollars – but they don’t! Amazon sells a basic AT&T corded phone for under $10 bucks!
– Ranger Man
BTW: Maybe you already have an old rotary phone hanging around. Those are cool and operate grid-down just as any other corded phone, but it’s important to note that they lack push button tones. What that means is if you need to “press 1 for the ambulance, press 2 for the police or press 3 for the National Guard”, you’re out of luck.
Of course, rotary phones have other uses that touch tone phones don’t. You can use them for modern art (as seen in the Museum of Communications).