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  •  Telephones are electric - they require electricity (0+ / 0-)

    Your standard POTS line also requires electricity and a battery backup -- it's just that the Telco takes care of that at the Central Office.

    By law, the CO has to provide 8 hours battery backup, which is twice the 4 hours usually provided by your VOIP system's in-home BBU. However, that backup is needed for the public switched network and they don't necessarily have to offer any of it to you.

    (In practice, most COs have some serious generators on hand and in all but the most dire circumstances, they'll continue business as usual. But all the battery in the world won't help you if the cracked utility pole that caused your power outage also had a Telco strand on it. Broken is broken.)

    And all that is academic unless you still keep a $15 no-features phone in your house (the kind with exactly two cords on it: the twisty one connecting the receiver to your phone, and the flat one connecting your phone to the RJ11/RJ14 jack on the wall).

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    by harrije on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:36:49 PM PDT

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    •  yes, that would be a "type 2500 set" in the USA. (0+ / 0-)

      In the UK the equivalent would be type 8746 if I recall correctly, though later models are more common for example the Tribune and Statesman and so on.  

      You can find "2500 sets" online and via Ebay at prices in the $20 - $40 range, sometimes less for used ones, sometimes a lot more for "vintage" models in relatively rare colors.  

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      by G2geek on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 05:59:17 PM PDT

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