I hate talking on the phone. For a long time, I resisted getting a cell phone until I was persuaded about its value in an emergency, so I got a cheap one that does not have a contract plan and for which I can pre-pay and that I rarely use.
But it does have its uses. When the tree in our backyard fell during the hurricane and took down the phone line and the power line, the former was broken, cutting out our landline and the internet, but the latter was merely stretched and lay under the tree, so that we still had power but it was dangerous. Fortunately, I was able to arrange for repairs using the cell phone.
But when I was in DC over the weekend for the college reunion, the friend’s house I was staying in turned out to be a dead-zone for T-mobile, with me unable to make or receive any calls. So I was startled on two occasions to receive phone calls while there. The first was from AT&T giving me an update on why repairs could not be done on my phone by the promised date, and the other was from the Cleveland power company saying that they were calling to let me know that they had completed work on the line.
So I was wondering if utility companies somehow had the power to over-ride the dead-zones and reach any cell phone anywhere.