If you’ve purchased a new phone and are wondering what to do with your old one, turn it into an “emergencies only” cell phone. Even though there’s no subscription plan associated with the phone, because of government mandates, wireless carries are still required to transmit emergency calls made to 911.
Just one important note: In the event that you do need to use your emergency phone (heaven forbid!), you have to have reception to complete the call (as you would when making any cell phone call) and if the call drops you must call 911 back. Since the phone has no carrier plan, there’s no phone number assigned to the phone, thus making it impossible for dispatchers tocontact you.
So: Stash an old cell in your car’s glove compartment, add another to your emergency preparedness kit, and give one to your kid who’s maybe not quite old enough to have a full-time cell phone but old enough to know that calling 911 is for emergencies only.
For more tips on what you should keep in your emergency preparedness kit, click here.