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  • How to Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

    Towers are "shared" all the time, albeit typically for renumeration to the tower's owner from other users.

    Phone lines are not necessarily underground in "most" areas. They are very frequently running at the lowest level on the same poles as the power lines. The fat insulated cable below the power lines on the poles is telco. They are underground in some areas and so are power lines but in many many places both are on poles just waiting for a tree to fall.

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  • How to Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

    I think most telcos probably have generator power to back up any battery banks they use in case of long term outage. That said practically I don't see the point when you could use a car charger or some other far more reliable method especially since in many places the POTS lines run on the same poles as power and may well be lying on the ground next to the power lines. That was the case where I am not long ago. Bother power and POTS were 100% out of action.

    I don't know where sarah is. Must not be in the US. Is there even a single analog cell network left in America? It's all been digital for years.

    No offense but you should really stop putting out all this total misinformation. Digital transmissions can absolutely positively be made by radio and millions of them are everyday. You would be very hard pressed to find any analog "cell" network in America anymore. They are all digital. If you can find one try a really old scanner that has the cell frequencies unlocked. It still won't work because there are no analog cell networks to listen to. Even cheap handheld 2-ways are going digital. Google DMR radio.

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  • How to Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

    A UL listed electric fence as commonly used for cattle is thousands of volts. You won't get anything to smoke on it, nor does it instantly kill or BBQ the cattle. It's not the voltage that will quickly kill or burn you, it's the current. The voltage only determines if the charge can overcome the resistance to give you any noticeable shock at all. The last static electric shock you got was thousands of volts. Did you get any burns?

    A UL listed electric fence as commonly used for cattle is thousands of volts. You won't get anything to smoke on it. It's not the voltage that will kill or burn you it's the current.

    A UL listed electric fence as commonly used for cattle is thousands of volts. You won't get anything to smoke on it. It's not the that will kill or burn you it's the current.

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  • How to Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

    Most corded phones without separate power supply are pretty bare bones. Most of the corded phones that have those things have a separate power supply just like an answering machine or a cordless phone base unit. Especially those with speaker phone.

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  • How to Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

    You can let go of the wires either way. You aren't sticking your foot on the third rail of a subway or grabbing the 240 in your breaker box. What is it about this thread that so fascinates people that have obviously never worked on a telephone line? The ringing voltage is irritating at most. The feeling is comparable to one of those hand buzzers people used for practical jokes in the eighties. If it was lethal there wouldn't be any telco techs alive today.

    Assuming the same problem that took out the power didn't take out the telco lines that run on the same poles, probably all you are going to do is fry your phone the first time a call rings in. It's a lot less tolerant of that AC ringing voltage than you are. That's on top of all the other issues mentioned. If you can manage to have on hand what you need to do this so it actually works you can have on hand the right charging equipment for your phone if the power goes out. A car charger is obvious if you have a car. A 12 volt battery and small inverter is pretty easy too. If all that fails, maintain landline service and plug an actual landline phone into the telephone line since that's what it's supposed to work with in the first place. Basically if you are desperately searching for the s...see more »Assuming the same problem that took out the power didn't take out the telco lines that run on the same poles, probably all you are going to do is fry your phone the first time a call rings in. It's a lot less tolerant of that AC ringing voltage than you are. That's on top of all the other issues mentioned. If you can manage to have on hand what you need to do this so it actually works you can have on hand the right charging equipment for your phone if the power goes out. A car charger is obvious if you have a car. A 12 volt battery and small inverter is pretty easy too. If all that fails, maintain landline service and plug an actual landline phone into the telephone line since that's what it's supposed to work with in the first place. Basically if you are desperately searching for the stuff you need to do this hack without destroying your phone in the process, it's because you are already totally unprepared.

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