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Does the Wireless Home Phone service work in the event of a power outage?


Just looking for some details on the Wireless Home Phone service.  Seeing if it is an actual option for my elderly relatives.

In addition to the power question with the Voicemail 10 am I correct in saying you only can get 10 messages which are kept for only 10 days?

Also what if you need more than one phone in your home?  I'm guessing you need a hub per phone then?  Or do you need to figure out a way to utilize the same hub for multiple phones in the home?

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Your best bet is to hook the hub to one of those multi handset single base cordless phone systems and distribute the handsets around the house...

For safety, also buy a cheap corded phone and a two line splitter and attach that phone directly to the hub. That way if the power goes out,,you'll still have that hardwired phone attached to the hub which has battery backup.

Dunno the answer to your Voicemail questions but you could always use the Voicemail system included with most of these multi handset phones. Just a thought. this is how we setup my mother in laws voip line.
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Chad Burr wrote:

Your best bet is to hook the hub to one of those multi handset single base cordless phone systems...

If you want to wear suspenders as well as a belt, you an get a UPS from Staples, Amazon, BestBuy etc. that will give you several hours of autonomy if the power goes down. I have my modems, computer, hard drives and device chargers on one of these. Also prevents damage from surges and drop outs. In a rural area where we get those 10-second at-a-time power failures every time the weather gets nasty, the UPS is a godsend.
Chad Burr wrote:

Your best bet is to hook the hub to one of those multi handset single base cordless phone systems...

How long is the battery back up good for on the hub?
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Chad Burr wrote:

Your best bet is to hook the hub to one of those multi handset single base cordless phone systems...

Have you had the opportunity to review this FAQ? I believe it will answer many of your questions.
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Chad Burr wrote:

Your best bet is to hook the hub to one of those multi handset single base cordless phone systems...

According to dfbutt's FAQ link, the home phone unit has a battery back-up built in for 4-5 hours of service.

The separate UPS units you can buy have various capacities depending on how big the battery is and how much you are normally drawing from it. For consumer-priced units, figure on 4-12 hours.

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