reply to trudy
Re: Verizon not going to replace copper damaged by Sandy A normal (wired phone with no external power) that is plugged into the modem will continue to work for as long as the battery backup for the modem works. A wireless phone will cease working immediately because the base station (which is the interface to the phone network) will no longer have power. Any decent (computer type) UPS should power the modem and a base station for a day or two as they don't draw a lot of current (even combined, compared to a computer). You can lengthen that time by unplugging the base station when you are not making a call, but you won't be able to receive calls. You can get a good idea of how long your setup will last by unplugging the UPS when you have power OR, you can find out the capacity of the UPS and the combined draw of the base station and modem and do the math (this might help »www.csgnetwork.com/upssizecalc.html) to get a rough idea. Of course from there, you can get a small generator or power inverter (NOT the cheap, cigarette lighter kind!) for your car to keep the UPS going, the possibilities are endless.
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