Can anyone recommend a cordless phone system that will work during a
power failure? I guess the base unit would have to have a battery as
well as the handsets. I checked the Staples and OfficeMax big box
office supply stores, but all their phones fail in a power outage as
none have base-unit batteries.
Frankly I think it should be against the law to sell a cordless phone
that wont work in a power outage, but thats beside the point.
Has anyone seen a base-battery cordless phone system readily available
from the usual big box stores in the US?
Maybe, but it totally depends on what carrier it is on. VZW is totally
anal about having large amounts of battery and generators for almost all
of their stuff. The other carriers have minimal battery and a few
trailer mounted generators that may have to cover a few states. Lots of
folks just assume that it will work because they have never seen "behind
the curtains". I don't work for any of the carriers but I have friends
who do and there is an amazing difference between the carriers.
I guess you must have really thought this witty retort out. In the grand scheme of things your intelect forgot that not everyone has cell phone reception at their residence. There is a reason its called a mobile phone not a home phone, smartass.
Twenty five years ago (yes, back in the stone age) Motorola
had a line of cordless phones that did, indeed, have
battery backup in the base and would work (for a while)
in a power failure.
I had one...
Knowledge may be power, but communications is the key
I have a corded phone that I plug in when the power goes off . Once I have
talked with our power company I can decide if it's worth the effort to fire
up the generator . If the outage is going to be less than 4 or 5 hours I
don't usually bother unless it's a hot midsummer day and I need to keep the
freezer powered or lose food .
About cell phones , there is no coverage here in The Holler , and too few
customers to make it profitable for any provider to install a tower .
On 07/04/2016 09:42 PM, Terry Coombs wrote:
I have my phone connected to a UPS. The last long (5 day) power outage
was from last year's tornado, and the UPS didn't help since ALL the
wires were down. Unexpectedly, cell phones worked (except immediately
after the tornado, when they dropped a lot of calls).
BTW, that was just before 7PM and I didn't start the generator until
next day. No frozen food was lost.
BTW2, that tornado was the only time I've been in really scary weather.
I have 3 cordless phones** and a base station with a wired phone. If
the power goes out, some of the fancy functions of the base station
don't work, but the phone does.
**I like my setup so much, I bought three more extensions. The
Answer button one one of the original ones requires more pressure than
it did, and they sell kits to repair those buttons, but the
instructions are complicate, require takign the phone apart!!!, so it
was easier to buy spare extension. Readers know how che.... thrifty
I am, so the repair must have seemed really hard to me.
If the base station fails, I have another one of those somewhere, but
it uses a cordless phone. I have a standard Western Electric phone
in the basement but it's hard to reach. I'd find another phone and
plug it in .
When there's a power failure, I just start eating. Ice cream first.
Seafood second. Even after three days, the food was fine. Everyone
in Baltimore wants compensation for lost food from the power company.
I don't get it. No one has a smaller family than I do, and I never
lose any food. Just don't open the door more than necessary.
I recently found another computer map program with a topo setting, and
I found out the valley I'm in is deeper than I thought. 60 feet
instead of 40.
I wouldn't notice except I think it limits the breeze. Do you see
that in your Holler?
Two cell towers only a quarter mile away, so I suspect I have a good
It's not as much how deep The Holler is as the fact we're 10 miles from
the nearest town in a sparsely populated area of the county . We're probably
a few hundred feet below the highest point between us and town . We have to
drive (or walk) a mile or so to high ground up on the highway to get a
signal . Doesn't seem to block the wind , but AFAIK we've never had a
tornado touch down here .
I don't really know if it's blocking my wind or not. Maybe my
neighbors half way up the hillls don't have much breeze either. But
I think one reason people build their homes on the *top* of hills is
to get a breeze. At least I think so.
I know the thread is old...
beware, if you have Verizon FIOS, even your wired phone will go dead during a
power failure unless the Verizon ONT unit on the side of your house has a battery backup which Verizon feels YOU are responsible to maintain.
It is recommended that you always have a hard wired phone available
somewhere in the house for emergencies, as you found, cordless don't work
without power and they also fail frequently. A hard wired phone can be real
cheap to buy but a lifesaver.
For sure, and it is likely almost everyone has one (or more) in their "I
am going to throw this away someday" junk box that could be left plugged
in to the jack in the bedroom that is never used etc just in case.
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