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Old-fashioned Telephone

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During a recent ice storm, we lost power. Modern telephones with answering machines and wireless handsets require the power to be on in order for them to work. Fortunately, I could call the electric company because I had an old phone that works just off the phone line.

Many people today are canceling their landline service and using cell phones only. However, cell phone reception can be negatively impacted by bad weather.  Additionally, mobile phone batteries go dead.

Therefore, I highly recommend purchasing an old-fashioned phone that does not need to be plugged into an electrical outlet. Look what has to offer:


  1. rajesh wrote:

    A very nice idea. I have two of these at my home in Bangalore and seek to revive them soon! :)

    Friday, March 14, 2008 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  2. S. P. Gass wrote:


    Friday, April 18, 2008 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  3. Alex wrote:

    I agree with that statement and I have been looking for an old-fashion telephone, I then found you web-site and saw your cream colored phone at the top of this web-page, and I am interested in buying it. If it is for sale, I would love to know. Thank you.

    Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11:54 pm | Permalink
  4. S. P. Gass wrote:

    Alex, the phone in the picture is not currently for sale, but I would guess you could find some similar phones on eBay. Crosley also sells similar phones new. See the ad at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

    Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
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    Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  6. Charles wrote:

    have a question:

    Have seven phones in my house all but one of them can be considered antique (1960′s). When call comes in one antique phone will ring and the much newer phone will ring. I was told by electrician that the older phone require more ringing voltage then the newer one’s. All the antique phones were checked and ringers are good. How do I correct my problem. I would like all the phones to ring.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  7. S.P. Gass wrote:

    Charles, I assume you’ve already tried adjusting the volume (my old Western Electric phone has a ringer volume dial on the bottom). I read somewhere that phones can have difficulty ringing when more than 5 phones are plugged in so you could try testing them individually. There may also be some type of line booster available.

    Good luck!

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  8. I want a rotary phone because I think they’re cool but I have a push button one that isn’t cordless and it’s specifically for power failures. If the power is out too long the cell phone loses charge and can’t be recharged. There’s a lot to be said for the way things used to be.

    Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Permalink
  9. spgass wrote:

    Rotary phones are cool. I can probably track one down and have it shipped if you can’t find one!

    Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

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