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  •  We've lost power for multiple days (9+ / 0-)

    and not lost the phone, usually due to something boring like a tree falling on power lines during a winter storm.

    Among other things, the phone allows you to call the power company to get a status on the outage.

    The cell is only good as long as the charge holds out. Oh, and if the local cell tower has a generator with a staff who will keep it fueled up.

    Unless your house is red tagged with substantial physical damage, you wouldn't evacuate after an earthquake.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:12:10 AM PDT

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    •  This is why I have two extra batteries... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and an external charging cradle for them, for my little old Nokia dumbphone. I have to wonder if you can actually change the battery on the newer smartphones without tools.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 10:48:17 AM PDT

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      •  my android only requires a fingernail to swap out (0+ / 0-)

        a battery, sim, or SD card...a lot easier than my old phone.

        "I took a walk around the world, To ease my troubled mind. I left my body laying somewhere In the sands of time" Kryptonite 3 doors Down

        by farmerchuck on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 11:00:32 AM PDT

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      •  You can charge off your laptop (0+ / 0-)

        My android can charge via USB off any computer.  Even if power were out, as long as I was smart enough to not use the laptop, except for charging the cell, I bet I could keep the cell phone running (in standby) for a month.

        •  Now all I need... (0+ / 0-)

          ...is a solar panel that will plug into the charging cradle. I do have an auto charging adapter tha will plug into the phone.

          Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

          by JeffW on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 03:00:39 PM PDT

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