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#1 redsol1

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:34 PM

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I thought I'd put this one out there. i carry an old Moto Razr digital/analog (yes, the flip phone) in my car bag. One thing that most folks don't know is that even if a phone has no contract (IE cell service thru a provider like Verizon or AT&T) it will still dial 911 and provide a GPS location (if the phone has GPS) for emergency services. I carry this phone in case i have an accident and my full service cell phone is lost or damaged or if I have to bail out of my vehicle and only have time to grab my car bag.

 

Anyone else do this?

 

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#2 Davis

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:46 PM

I do not carry one in my EDC but I do keep one at home for such situations. 


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#3 AaronK

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 05:50 PM

I have one in my bag that serves 3 purposes.
1. Remote GPS receiver for my tablet (I use this for in vehicle navigation)
2. Backup phone of my primary fails for some reason. Just swap the SIM and go
3. Emergency phone for the situation you describe

I also have a more basic one in my gun safe for if I feel I need more bang than my nightstand gun and forget my phone before going into the other room.

#4 Armitage12

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:52 PM

Yes, one in each car, in ziplock bag with the charger for that phone, for that car. I explained yesterday to my boys that it was there so that they knew about it.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 07:53 PM

I will be picking up a pre-paid from an alternate network (I use ATT so likely a verizon network prepaid) to keep in my truck with an activation card.  I plan to charge it then just store it basically i figure if for some reason one network is down the other may be up plus it might give me service where my regular phone doesn't I am just waiting until I PCS next month to get one.


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#6 DStevenson

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 05:08 AM

Not a bad idea at all, never even considered it.


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#7 hcm004

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:34 AM

You guys may be interested in this, for those of you who are buying dedicated back-up phones:

 

http://www.spareone.com/

 

Runs on one AA battery (15 year shelf life), runs on GSM networks, and GPS enabled.


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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

You guys may be interested in this, for those of you who are buying dedicated back-up phones:
 
http://www.spareone.com/
 
Runs on one AA battery (15 year shelf life), runs on GSM networks, and GPS enabled.

That's awesome! And $60? I'm thinking I'm going to get one

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#9 CalicoJack

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 10:58 AM

Mine isn't old, but I ditched Big Red and went no contract a couple months ago with Straight Talk, and for the savings, I couldn't be happier. I'm running an unlocked Nexus 5 from the Play Store. Highly recommended to all.

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 01:54 PM

You guys may be interested in this, for those of you who are buying dedicated back-up phones:

 

http://www.spareone.com/

 

Runs on one AA battery (15 year shelf life), runs on GSM networks, and GPS enabled.

 

This is awesome although I wish they offered it in CDMA along with GSM.


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#11 EODTech256

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Posted 15 May 2014 - 10:05 AM

You guys may be interested in this, for those of you who are buying dedicated back-up phones:

 

http://www.spareone.com/

 

Runs on one AA battery (15 year shelf life), runs on GSM networks, and GPS enabled.

  I really like this and might have to pick one up as a back up to the back ups.

 

OP: I keep a old phone in each of the vehicals with chargers, as well as one in my go pants I keep next to the bed.  That one in the pants is always on and on the charger so if something goes bump in the night I dont have to try and remeber where primary phone is.


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#12 Section13

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:29 PM

Since I'm in northen europe small Nokia phones are easy to come by. I have a couple of them with pre-paid SIMs scattered around, home, and other places. Smartphones are nice, but they break easily, or suddently you just need a # not associated with your name.






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