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šŸ˜± What is your BACKUP when you lose CELL SERVICE?

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šŸ˜± What is your BACKUP when you lose CELL SERVICE?

We (well some of us) have ONLY a Cell Phone. Gone are the days when a Landline was around. Gosh, even the Public Telephone Booths have disappeared.

 

Do you have a way to make and receive calls "especially" during an emergency IF you LOSE CELL PHONE SERVICE?  šŸ¤”

 

If YES, what is it...  šŸ˜Ž

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In my area rural Maine mountains, we still have 2 pay phones in town, great for AT hikers . And most have landlines as well as, cells that connect through wifi when towers arenā€™t happy.  

Twice this year towers have stopped working.  

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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(3/22/24) @Frozenoem , sounds like I need to move to Maine!!!  šŸ‘µ

 


[*** @Frozenoem wrote:

In my area rural Maine mountains, we still have 2 pay phones in town, great for AT hikers . And most have landlines as well as, cells that connect through wifi when towers arenā€™t happy.  

Twice this year towers have stopped working.  

Froze  ***]


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(3/3/24) @Tempest332 , @sc10 , @DirkB349973 , @cat0w and OTHER FOLKS! Have you guys heard about this LANDLINE SERVICE? šŸ“ø  See attached screenprint from my daily Google News, thanks!  šŸ“ø

 

Screenshot_20240303-112406_Google.jpg

 

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The phone in the picture is sitting right next to a router so itā€™s probably an Internet phone. I was reading about the copper lines that used to carry our phone calls and how they are being retired. In my area, Century Link owns those lines. I think theyā€™re trying to get everybody onto fiber, which means internet phones. I think the days of the old Bell telephones may be over. if you need a back up, you may need another cell plan. That could mean a second phone or maybe thereā€™s some trickery you can do with Sim cards so that you would have both services in one phone. I know some of them like Mint Mobile are pretty cheap. if you are concerned about health issues, maybe you want one of those necklaces you wear where all you have to do is push the button.

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(3/3/24) Lol @DirkB349973 , the ad said NO internet or copper wires. Anyway, yes I will look into those "necklaces" as I am on my daughter's T-mobile plan.  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** DIRK @DirkB349973 wrote:

The phone in the picture is sitting right next to a router so itā€™s probably an Internet phone. I was reading about the copper lines that used to carry our phone calls and how they are being retired. In my area, Century Link owns those lines. I think theyā€™re trying to get everybody onto fiber, which means internet phones. I think the days of the old Bell telephones may be over. if you need a back up, you may need another cell plan. That could mean a second phone or maybe thereā€™s some trickery you can do with Sim cards so that you would have both services in one phone. I know some of them like Mint Mobile are pretty cheap. if you are concerned about health issues, maybe you want one of those necklaces you wear where all you have to do is push the button. ***]


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@SpringIsHereSoHappy  You keep changing your name.

 

My dad had something similar to that from AT&T , the box actually was a Cell Phone, then it plugged into a phone jack turning your house wiring & existing landline phones into a cell phone.  It was 19.99/month at the time at the beginning of 2021 when I had to turn it off.   You did use your "copper" house wiring if you wanted extensions but you could plug a single land line type phone directly into the box. 

 

I would had opted for this, but already had the VoIP installed.  The price of a basic landline with touch tone was nearing $45/month, with call limitations of  5 miles to my south, 8 miles to my east a mile to my north & 12 miles to my west, all else was toll or long distance. I lost touch with a few  over they years because of these limitations. 

 

@DirkB349973 are you sure that box is a router or possibly what I was speaking about above?

 

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(3/5/24) Thanks for your feedback @Tempest332   šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

@SpringIsHereSoHappy  

 

My dad had something similar to that from AT&T , the box actually was a Cell Phone, then it plugged into a phone jack turning your house wiring & existing landline phones into a cell phone.  It was 19.99/month at the time at the beginning of 2021 when I had to turn it it.   You did use your "copper" house wiring if you wanted extensions but you could plug a single land line type phone directly into the box. 

 

@DirkB349973 are you sure that box is a router or possibly what I was speaking about above? ***] 

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Did you ever inquire on pricing?

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(3/18/24) @Tempest332 , the ad just popped up again for 2nd time on my Google News Feed. They have way too many PRICES, but attaching the 2 MAIN ones. šŸ“ø  Screenprint Attached  šŸ“ø

 

[Their ad link] 

 

The link above gave me an "error" message 1st and 3rd time. 2nd time was okay. Not sure why.

 

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[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

Did you ever inquire on pricing? ***]


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Quite a bit more than the deal AT&T was giving my dad, I had it turned off in December of 2020, he had it for at least 2 + years & still was $19.99/month. 

I wonder if it varies by area too. 

 

Yes, this is the same technology, it converts home phone (and wiring) into the  cell phone network (but you can't use a cell phone, you use your old landline phones).   It also had a battery backup within the box for power outages, but if you were using a cordless that needed base power you would need an additional battery backup. 

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(3/5/24) No @Tempest332 , the ad had all that when clicked.  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

Did you ever inquire on pricing? ***]


 

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I had to google the company, it wanted me to fill in personal info, said it was available in my area, but not at what cost.  

 

Looking at that ad, I believe that is a box similar to what AT&T, I see a signal bar indicator too. 

 

Cost may be different in different areas. 

 

 

 

 

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(3/5/24) @Tempest332 , I have NOT seen the Ad AGAIN in my Google News feed or I would "click" AGAIN. I seem to remember they LISTED several LEVELS of service and you had to "check" for service at YOUR location.

 

I NO longer enter my address, phone number or email = MORE spam!

 

In the OLD DAYS, I would enter a FAKE address, phone number and email address.

 

Lol, NOW their website can tell IF info is valid.  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

I had to google the company, it wanted me to fill in personal info, said it was available in my area, but not at what cost.  

 

Looking at that ad, I believe that is a box similar to what AT&T, I see a signal bar indicator too. 

 

Cost may be different in different areas. ***]


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Called Community Phone (one word)

 

Not sure if they want me posting a link here, but I'll try. 

 

Community Phone 

 

If they are indeed legit, might be a good reference, per the picture there I believe that is a Cell conversion box, you would need a power backup for it to work with the power down like a true landline. 

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(3/6/24) @Tempest332 , did they "hire" you/lol šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£

 

On the "serious" side, I am leaning towards @DirkB349973 "suggestion" of the MEDICAL NECKLACE... šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

Called Community Phone (one word)

 

Not sure if they want me posting a link here, but I'll try. 

 

Community Phone ***]


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No, I'm not a shill. They are probably working with a cell carrier in the area, but since a few inquired I thought I'd do that much to look into it, I was curious myself. I was going to go with the AT&T box if I broke ties with my current carrier that's bundled with my internet with VoIP.  I don't care for mobile phones.  A phone in general is kind of a necessary evil even if you have no social ties, you have to do business on occasion.  Why don't you just hang your phone around your neck then?   What are the chances of your cell service being down & you being hurt? 

 

If I had to pay $30 + / month for a mobile phone like most people I doubt if I'd have one, but what I'm getting it for, & of course I go weeks without using it at all anyway.   

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(3/6/24) @Tempest332 , life is UNPREDICTABLE and yes T-mobile has had issues like all companies. As I age, commonsense tells me I do need a way to get help IF needed.  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

No, I'm not a shill. They are probably working with a cell carrier in the area, but since a few inquired I thought I'd do that much to look into it, I was curious myself. I was going to go with the AT&T box if I broke ties with my current carrier that's bundled with my internet with VoIP.  I don't care for mobile phones.  A phone in general is kind of a necessary evil even if you have no social ties, you have to do business on occasion.  Why don't you just hang your phone around your neck then?   What are the chances of your cell service being down & you being hurt? 

 

If I had to pay $30 + / month for a mobile phone like most people I doubt if I'd have one, but what I'm getting it for, & of course I go weeks without using it at all anyway.   ***]


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Gee, now how would the telemarketers & scammers call me? 

 

My mobile phones been off sometimes for a couple weeks, so I wouldn't get too worried, the telemarketers & scammers can call at my pseudo (VoIP) Landline.  

 

Cell phone is the backup for the Landline.   If it goes down for a few days I'm sure I won't miss it. 

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I wish I had an old-school landline. Newer iPhones have the ability to send an "emergency SOS" message using satellite. It's not as easy as a typical call, but it is an option if you are outside with a clear view of the satellites. There is a demo option available in your phone if you care to know more.

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(2/28/24) @DirkB349973 , I have an Android - does it have this option too? Thanks  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** DIRK @DirkB349973 wrote:

I wish I had an old-school landline. Newer iPhones have the ability to send an "emergency SOS" message using satellite. It's not as easy as a typical call, but it is an option if you are outside with a clear view of the satellites. There is a demo option available in your phone if you care to know more. ***]


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I don't follow Android development so I googled it and found articles about various projects that were working on something similar. I didn't see anything about an Android phone that had a working satellite SOS feature.

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(2/28/24) Thanks @DirkB349973 !!! I am hoping someone with a LANDLINE will let me know who their provider is.  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** DIRK @DirkB349973 wrote:

I don't follow Android development so I googled it and found articles about various projects that were working on something similar. I didn't see anything about an Android phone that had a working satellite SOS feature. ***]


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Why?  I don't think many if any companies will give you a copper landline anymore, & people tend to remove wiring in remodels now. 

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(2/29/24) I may be wrong @Tempest332 - but I "think" @DirkB349973  said HIS location has them. Anyway, I guess I will need one of those I HAVE FALLEN & CANNOT GET UP buttons šŸ™„  On the "serious" side - the times T-mobile cell service was OUT, was not long and thank g.d I didnot need an ambulance or fire truck  šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @Tempest332 wrote:

Why?  I don't think many if any companies will give you a copper landline anymore, & people tend to remove wiring in remodels now. ***] 

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@SpringIsHereSoHappy 

Who is your provider in your area? 

The link below is to my provider. I live in Central Texas.

Phone Home Service | Brightspeed

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(2/29/24) Good question @cat0w and one I will need to ask. At the moment I am in BOTH Virginia and Florida while I SLOWLY (VERY SLOWLY) move back to Florida. Left Florida in 2015 and NEED to be "closer" to my only child, a daughter as I age. 66 this year and LUV VIRGINIA. HATE FLORIDA šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @cat0w wrote:

@SpringIsHereSoHappy 

Who is your provider in your area? 

The link below is to my provider. I live in Central Texas.

Phone Home Service | Brightspeed ***]


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(2/26/24) @cat0w   , thank you for responding. Is your landline through a LOCAL company? Mine was through the OLD Bellsouth in Florida. Looks like I need another landline šŸ˜Ž

 


[*** @cat0w wrote:

I still have my landline phone. My cell phone is with Straight Talk that is now a part of Verizon.  ***]

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My landline is through Brightspeed.

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What is landline? Are we talking about "copper wire" or just "home phone". I understand  copper wire is going away in 2025. A lot of so called landline is actually carried by internet.

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