I’m sure many would answer that no one would need something so obsolete.
Or would they?
Why would one need a corded phone?
Whether, or not, you could use one, depends upon your unique situation. Obviously, if you don’t have a traditional landline telephone connection, such a thing would be nothing more than a paperweight. But if you do have a landline, a corded phone is a good addition to your preps.
Most people these days, if they have a landline in their home, use cordless telephones. They are cheap and convenient, and they are often purchased in packages of multiple phones with only one handset requiring a phone jack connection. However, in the event of a blackout, the majority of these cordless phones will not work because they require AC power. That is, they need to be plugged into a power socket in order to work. There are a few models available that give the option of a battery backup, but not many. In other words, if the power goes out…no phone. How about cell phones? In most short term blackouts, cell phones would be the first choice for many. However, what if the phone’s battery charge was out? If a dead phone was your issue, you may have the option to recharge your phone with a power pack… I recommend having some on hand for emergencies anyway. But what if too many people in a small vicinity were relying on their cell phones? With the possibility that many would be trying to update their social network statuses, stream videos, surf online, or simply attempting phone calls, the airwaves could become jammed in an emergency. It can and does happen. Or what if there was someone in your household without a cell phone? It is these types of situations when having an old-fashioned corded phone would prove useful.
How so? This is because the basic functions of a corded phone are powered through the phone jack of a traditional phone line. This works if you have a traditional local phone company service or if you use a fiber optic phone service. However, if you use a fiber optic or VoIP service, you should know that the length of time that service would be available would be dependent upon the amount of backup battery time utilized by the service company…usually several hours, and even then, some VoIP services may not work at all. In most cases, the corded phone would work in a typical short-term blackout. Again, whether or not a corded phone would be useful depends on your situation.
The good news is that this is an easy item to add to your preps. In fact, you can pick one up for only $10 at a discount store. Even if you have cell phones, having a corded phone would be a great backup in a good overall emergency communication plan. I purchased one to add to my blackout preps just in case there was ever a need. If my voice alone weren’t enough, a leading consumer magazine recommended as recently as last month to keep a corded phone on hand just in case of a power outage. Again, this may not be case for everyone, but for many, it could be $10 well spent.