Caveman technology (Plain Old Telephone Service) is fading out but should you turn your back on it?

An Information Week article by Marin Perez discusses the weather-related power failure of AT&T’s 3G wireless network; “A storm caused AT&T (NYSE: T) to have massive voice and data outages across the U.S. Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard Sunday… The disruptions varied for subscribers, as some experienced dropped calls, while other had no access to voice or data services. Other users experienced slower mobile data service, or no access to AT&T's 3G data network.”(Information

More and more people are getting rid of their home telephone lines and using their cell phones as the only source of telecommunications. Although you are removing the small cost of the phone line, are you losing a life line?

Your home phone line is most likely a pair of copper wires that will work even when there is a power failure. If the power is out and a ‘storm’s a comin’, how are you going to make or receive a call?

In some rare cases, like the one in Junction City Oregon; “Hundreds of residents in rural Lane County lost their telephone service after metal thieves stole more than 450 feet of phone line west of Junction City.” (Oregon There were over 800 people affected who may or may not have had cell phones.

So what’s the lesson? Do you spend the extra $20 bucks a month to keep your house phone along with the fancy schmancy 3G technology? Keep them both.

Most businesses use redundancy, so use it at home! If there is an emergency, you will be glad you did.
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Leigh Merz

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