Survival Communications–Even thePhone Company Says to Have a Corded Phone

When I called my phone company about a billing question, they treated me to numerous promotional announcements while I was on hold. You know how it is. One in particular caught my attention.

The message said to have a corded phone with your extra water, food, and flashlight in an emergency, since the phone will likely work when power’s out. Of course, that means having landline service for the corded phone to work. Maybe you’d expect a phone company to say that. After all, they’re trying to sell their services.

This company also sells cellular service, so why are they promoting a landline phone for emergencies? Because, according to their message, with a corded phone you’ll get reliable 911 service.

I’m well aware of the arguments for having a cell phone in emergencies, but I’m a firm believer in the importance of having landline service and a corded phone, too. There’s no rule that says you can’t have both. People who cut out their landline service to save money are making a big mistake in my opinion. This isn’t about nostalgically wanting to hold on to simpler technology. I believe this is a survival issue. Apparently the phone company sees it that way, too.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.