Bye bye landlines? Now how do we connect when there’s no power?
Hi, everyone. I posted this on the Discord discussion but since I know that some people aren’t on that I’m also posting a duplicate question here. My question is about landlines (or more appropriately their alternatives in an emergency.) I LOVE my landline. First, because I talk a lot on the phone and my cordless phone has great sound and is comfortable all around. But also because in a power outage I’ll have connectivity — via a corded phone I have stashed for that purpose. But now it seems like the day is finally coming when the major phone companies will discontinue their copper wire services. What to do? I know that VOIP is available in most areas. I’m not really optimistic that the sound or reliability will be as good as my land line. But the other thing is that VOIP will go down if the power goes down. Even battery backups last only something like 12 hours. Not good in an extended power outage. I’m wondering what folks are thinking in terms of connectivity with remote loved ones or other things we might need to use a phone for if there is no power. I do have a cell phone, but reception in my house is not great.