Yep, emergency calls can be made from anywhere without a SIM or contract. When people need to get me in emergencies I have a work pager, that's righ, you didnt read that wrong... I have a pager
Its funny this question has been brought up to me by almost everyone I have talked to about this. It is a little strange going offline when away as I am used to being connected at all times but if you think about it everyone was this was 10-15 years ago with out any issue. It also help that Im not allowed to take my cell phone into work so I already have that huge disconnect.
My wife is not as brave as I am, plus she needs her phone for work so we plan to drop her service in the next week or so and setup with a pre-paid plan. Not sure which one ATM. For me if this experiment fails then I will jump over to pre-paid as well.
If it works the two of us are looking at $100 a month savings and if i have to get prepaid then about $70 a month. Either way that is huge!
Next I just need to talk her into dropping cable TV and going 100% online. This will be a harder fight...
Yeah, having to leave the phone outside because of work makes it about 1/2 your day you aren't missing it. I have a work cell phone for when I HAVE to make long calls and also a work VoIP phone at my house for when I work from home.
How is your OTA reception for TV? My wife mainly just use our Antenna and Netflix/AMZ Prime. However we do acquire a show or two but not near as often as I would have thought. Also, we use a VPN to watch HGTV shows from an out of country site.
Sounds like you are on the same path I am as well as a lot of the country. Like I said, keep us informed on your progress.
Also, how do you get pager services anyway? Are those damn things still sold?