We live in central Wilberforce and though we do not have any cell phone service we do have phone service with Bell that continues to work during power outages. Our landline works as long as we plug in a corded phone. Cordless phones do not work as they require power for the base and the handsets. People should be able to have phone service during power outages if they use a phone with a cord connection. The phone will not ring but will buzz for incoming calls and touch tone buttons will also buzz not sound the familiar tones.