Verizon only, out hereFri Aug 3, 2012 3:21pm220.127.116.11no other phones work. However, even with my cheapie prepay, I never have any problems except when coming around the mountain on entering town from the south...I lose my signal every time on that curve.
Most the kids I know that go off roading carry cells and I don't recall of hearing any problems.
Keep in mind that the Trona area has only had cell service at all in the last two or three years. I like mine because I feel more comfortable when I'm out walking alone so if something happens I can get help. Hahaha...last September I met a new neighbor who was partially disabled...she was very upset because she needed to get ahold of her daughter and her phone was not working. I discovered the problem was that she had AT&T. I let her use my house phone to get ahold of her daughter and then insisted that she borrow my cell until her kids could get her a verizon phone. about 3 days later, I was walking to work alone and I fell and broke my leg. I had to lie there shouting my lungs out until someone heard me and came to my rescue. Hahaha.
Anyway, that is why I worry about Tin. The chances of someone hearing him out there in the desert are not as good as someone hearing me. Maybe he should take me out to his exavation and we could see if my phone works from there. If it doesn't, at least I will quit nagging him. LOL
- I'm back from the dead.. Tinfoil, Thu Aug 2 5:54pmWell,almost. Just now got my computer back. Tuesday night around 11:30pm all hell broke loose in Trona. Wind gusts exceeding 125mph. Torrential rains,flooding. A tornado tore past my house. A number... more
- Buy one of THESE, quick! David F Mayer, Sun Aug 5 6:36amhttp://www.norwall.com/ http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/power/emergency-generators.html... more
- But, Obama killed all the dinosaurs Clawson, Sun Aug 5 9:37pmWhare will we get the fuel to power those things when the oil is long gone? It is all Obama's fault. We used to get our oil from dinosaur remains, but he killed off the dinosaurs.
- Saved it to favorits.. Tinfoil, Sun Aug 5 8:25amLooks like some pretty good deals. I think what'll I'll do is next time the town's power shuts off I'll drive to Ridgecrest,get a motel room w/ air conditioning and cable tv then go buy some cold... more
- All that digging would be best in your back yard Clawson, Fri Aug 3 1:25pm...to create a cave ("mine", really) for protection against the desert heat. Other desert animals survive that way. Maybe you might even find water. Some people build their homes at least partially... more
- Same old song but I wish you would hear the words. ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 8:57amPLEASE get a cell and register it the number with your utility providers! House phones are no good in emergency situations. SCE and the Fire Dept. were providing ice and water and flash lights to the ... more
- Just now bought a landline phone Tinfoil, Fri Aug 3 3:02pmI worked the excavation today in Borosalvay Canyon. Found several more of the lovely glass indian trade beads. Stopped at the Trona Museum,spoke with Sharon. She told me my fancy smancy digital phone ... more
- I am such a dope. ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 3:30pmOf course those old phones work. Good idea, Tin. I still wish you would get a cell too. Mine cost me $20 and $15 dollars a month.
- Who am I going to call? Tinfoil, Fri Aug 3 4:12pmMy social life sucks. All my friends are non-human.
- Me, if ya want to hear a human voice ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 5:24pmMy number is in the book under R Lancaster. 911 if you fall and break your leg. LOL.
- My yearly vacation is due.. Tinfoil, Fri Aug 3 4:54pmAfter ten years in Trona my old Orange County snottiness has worn off. I've become a true Tronian. So I will do like all the other Tronians do and drive to Beatty,Nevada to spend a night or two at... more
- Why is a land line no good ? Snapdragon, Fri Aug 3 1:05pm911 still pulls quicker response to a landline ... and a simple CORDED phone attached to a landline will still work if a power outage blanks any cell towers (some are not generator/battery equipped... more
- But the phone company wants to charge me $1500.00.... Starshine, Sun Aug 5 6:59pmjust to string the cable out to my house because it's 500 yards from the street. I ain't gonna pay that plus a HUGE phone bill, too! I have satellite for TV and Internet now and my cell phones do... more
- Actually both is a good idea ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 1:37pmand I really didn't mean to kill the landline but my cordless ran out of juice just a couple of hours after we lost the power. I kept my cheapie prepay turned off until I needed to use it and it... more
- We have cordless phones as well ... Snapdragon, Sat Aug 4 3:10am... which I agree are useless in a power outage. But I keep a cheap corded phone just for such emergencies to connect to the landline. Your area didn't have a lengthy outtage, thank goodness, but the ... more
- I have severe sleep apnea.. Tinfoil, Fri Aug 3 3:18pmSo my CPAP breathing machine stopped working Tuesday night. Was'nt able to use it till Thursday night. That's why I experienced deleriums.
- See there? The Gryphon, Sat Aug 4 6:25amYour CPAP machine is ANOTHER reason to get a Generator! With a Generator powering your Fridge/Freezer, you'd have had no need to go looking for ice, either! I'm with Ruthie - get a CELL phone (that... more
- Power out again last night.. Tinfoil, Sat Aug 4 7:51amAnother sudden storm blasted Trona about 10:00pm last night. The power went out again. Whole town went black. The power came back on one minute later. More summer storms coming by next weekend.
- Oh That is awful. ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 3:33pmThat is scary...are you okay now? How did the critturs fare? Undoubtedly better than you.
- So, what's the signal like there ... Snapdragon, Fri Aug 3 2:35pm...because I've driven throught the area heading east and a cell phone is only as good as the signal it can find. As I recall, we had to turn off our cell phones as they were draining searching,... more
- Verizon only, out here ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 3:21pm
- You need a Generator! The Gryphon, Fri Aug 3 6:52amTinfoil, you need to invest in a gasoline or propane powered Generator to provide power to your essentials (refrigerator, freezer, heating/cooling systems, and one or two lights....) My Marvy Man in... more
- What good will that generator be when the oil runs out? Clawson, Sat Aug 4 2:11pmIt will happen at some point, but nobody can agree when. When that happens, desert life above ground will not be possible. The only choice will be either to dig or move. Migrants won't be welcome to... more
- That will be some time. David F Mayer, Sun Aug 5 6:38amIn the meanwhile, Tinfoil needs reliable backup electric power so he does not die from the heat. A two-week supply of backup fuel for a small home is neither large, nor expensive. David F Mayer
- Large Hadron Collider will save us Tinfoil, Sat Aug 4 3:21pmIt will give us a new,unlimited energy source a la Star Trek. Energy and matter are transpositional which means energy surrounds us. There's enough energy in a damn rock picked up off the ground to... more
- Don't bet on it. David F Mayer, Sun Aug 5 8:30amMost likely, no new sources of energy will be discovered. Instead more abstruse Physics will be the result of the LHC. David F Mayer
- AND.... ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 12:11pmA cell phone...even a cheapie prepay! (grumble, grumble mumble stubborn old..mumble)
- And this.. Tinfoil, Thu Aug 2 7:13pmhttp://www.ridgecrestca.com/article/20120802/NEWS/120809934
- Tornados ruthie lancaster, Fri Aug 3 8:44amIn light of recent events, I feel Trona should pick a new mascot. Our current one seems to be attracting a bad element of weather.