Home Phones; Cordless Or Not?

@wachit14 (3600)
United States
July 2, 2007 12:42pm CST
Of course, I have several cordless phones in my home, but after losing my electricty a number of times and not having phone service, I decided to keep one phone in my house that has a cord. Several years ago, we had a major blackout on the east coast and many of you may have been impacted by it. My son was out of touch with me when it first happened and I had no way of getting in touch with him since the cell phones were also not working. Of course, there was the attack on 9/11 which rendered all cell phone service completely null. I finally went out and bought a phone with a chord so that if we have another blackout or we lose electricity during a storm, we will have at least one working phone. What about you, do you only have cordless phones in your home or do you keep one phone like me just for emergency purposes?
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• Singapore
2 Jul 07
We have a "corded" phone in every room. And there is one more cordless one in the living room. But cordless phones are really lousy. We have tried both cheap and expensive ones but they all break down after a while. And the battery runs out of energy after a while too. Silly phones.
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• United States
2 Jul 07
We have on cordless and alway one with a cord so like you said when the power goes out we will have the phone with the cord.
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@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
2 Jul 07
I have one cordless phone, and I keep corded phones in my office and bedroom, because just like you, they're nice to have for emergencies.
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3 Jul 07
I live in a town house with three storeys so I have a corded phone in the hallway downstairs, a cordless phone on the first floor and a corded phone upstairs in my bedroom. I also have my mobile phone too, so I guess I am pretty well covered. :-)
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
3 Jul 07
We only have one phone in our house (we own three but only keep one plugged in) in the living room and its a cordless....We've considered getting a cord phone for times when power goes out but as of yet we've no bothered...
• United States
3 Jul 07
I have to have a cordless phone.If I am trapped by a phone cord my crazy kids think they can do what ever they want.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
3 Jul 07
I have a cordless phone and one normal phone. The normal phone has a home in my room but the cordless phone wanders round the house. It is for convenience, especially if my neighbor came to borrow phone. My neighbor who lives alone does not have a phone at home.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
3 Jul 07
Like you I have decided to keep one phone with cord at home after the blackout a few years ago. Cordless phones are much more practical and free us from having to stand right there by the phone but like everything they do have their disadvantages as I learned during the blackout.
@ryanphil01 (4186)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
we have both the cordless and the corded phones. but i prefer to use the corded phone because it does always connect you anytime even when there is no electricity. although i do not use it frequently, the cordless phone is more advantageous than the corded one because you can bring it along anywhere in the house just like any mobile cellphones do.
@ruchiteen (135)
• India
3 Jul 07
Definetly cordless phones because some times we need privacy.. that time we can take the cordless and can go to some silent place... cordless is help when so many members are there who wish to talk we can easily move cordless from one hand to others that is not possible with the home phones...
@gloria777 (1678)
• India
3 Jul 07
Cordless phones are easy to handle, but sometimes they give problem especially during power-cuts or in case of battery-low-charge. Phone with cord will not have this problem. So it can be kept as an additonal option.
@nandans (1161)
• India
3 Jul 07
For emergency purpose, Cellphone is a better choice than Landline or cordless phones.. Cell phones are handy and can be carried to a greater distance..
@shelagh77 (3643)
3 Jul 07
Our landline phone is a cordless one but we do have three mobile phones as a back up. I agree that a black out does render the landline useless and thank you for this discussion as I am going to find the old telephone, which is a normal "plug in" one and leave it to hand ready for the next one, so you have really helped me there! The other problem with a cordless phone is that I have a partner who wanders round the flat pontificating into the telephone, the phone rings at the base and of course we spend a lot of time just searching out the wretched hand set! Of course the phone does have the advantage that he can take it outside when he is working in the garden and on the car and I don't have to be troubled with all his calls lol.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
3 Jul 07
i only have a cord phone in my house at the moment... i don't really keep an emergency phone at home because we hardly have a blackout here... but thanks for the idea though... i might keep one for emergency like what you do... there is no harm in doing that i suppose... :-)
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
3 Jul 07
We have 4 cordless phones, one corded and the cell phone. During lasts weeks deluge here in Sheffield UK we had no electricity a couple of times but not one of the house phones worked so we had to rely on the cell phone. We are still getting downpours of rain but thank goodness we have had no power cuts or phone outage since last Thursday. A friend just called me to tell me their phone still isn't working - hasn't since about Wednesday last week. All this water - I think I should have been born a frog (LOL)
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I have a cordless phone but I never really liked them because I know there are codes that you can program into your police scanner and pick up other peoples phone calls. They were supoosed to have added more security but I am not sure if they have done that yet. I have one now but I am very careful what I say just in case someone is listening. But I have phone service through my cable company, so if we lose electric we lose the phone too so it won't matter if I have a corded phone. I have a tracphone in case of emergencies. I just got to hope I am able to use it if I need to.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I have one of each...a cordless phone and a corded phone. Even though I'm not much of a phone person to begin with I like to have the cordless so that I am not stuck in one area when on the phone. The corded phone is a good backup in case of a power outage or the battery needs to be recharged with the cordless phone.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
3 Jul 07
I have cordless phones, but they have battery backup just for that reaon,we have learnt...We constantly have blackouts all the time.
@Ravrockin (281)
• India
3 Jul 07
compare to cordless i prefer to homephone because in this you no need to charge your phone.
@kitkat1 (1227)
• Canada
3 Jul 07
The main phone that i use every day in my home is cordless. I am also like you i do have a corded phone in the house just in case of the power being out as the cordless ones with not work unless the hand set has power going to it. The only time my corded phone is hooked up is in a storm or outage of power esle wise it is on stand bye just in case.