A quick, local survey heavily favored going mobile. A few concerns were:
Is quality of reception a consideration? If you have to stand in the middle of the kitchen with your head turned slightly to the right to get reception that’s not acceptable. Answer: check with another carrier. Carriers conduct neighborhood test to determine the quality of reception.
How do I find my mobile phone if I don’t have a landline to make it ring? Answer: go to www.wheresmycellphone.com for assistance.
Mobile phone numbers are not listed in 1-411 or the White Pages so distant friends or family may not find you. Answer: that may be a good thing?
Computer dial-up connections need a landline. Answer: upgrade to wireless but that cost more.
Home security systems need a landline. Answer: there are companies that provide the service through the Internet but that is after you go wireless.
Will you have a telephone available for family members? Answer: a mobile phone unit should be available for children, the elderly and caregivers. Each should be taught to use the mobile unit.
A lost phone or dead battery. Answer: maintaining a mobile phone requires attention to detail and being responsible. Carelessness will result in the unit being stolen or not being available for use when you need it.
Are mobile phones included in Reverse 911 allowing Emergency Services to notify you in case of a threat to the community? Answer: check with your local emergency preparedness department to see if they are incorporating mobile phones.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY: ICE: If you are unresponsive, first responders check the contacts in your mobile phone for an ICE listing - ICE: MOM. They will know who to contact for medical information.
Communities are studying emergency services problems and rapidly developing solutions. The mobile phone industry is addressing many of these issue and new plans and programs are announced frequently. There is a wealth of information available with a little research.
Recycle old mobile phones through your local police department. A charged phone will call 911 without an active carrier. There is no identifying number assigned to the phone so Emergency Services will have no way to identify the caller or return a disconnected call. Many communities provide mobile phones to victims of spousal abuse.