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We had a party line at home - but that was before I used the phone. By the time I could use a phone it was a private rotary dial phone.
Since that time I've had every type of phone imaginable - except a satellite phone.
I have a sat phone for doing cruises and whenever I am in any "exotic" location for fun or work. I am surprised how small they have become and how cheap they are to rent. $200 a week will get you all the bells and whistles, in a pocket size Iridium phone, and that includes an hour or so of talk time, and a voice mailbox. The only downside is that you have to be outside, although for that price they offer this little magnetic antenna with a short cord you can put out on a balcony or porch and stand by the door and use the phone inside. Reception is remarkably good. I spoke to family from mid ocean and was out in the deep forest of Yosemite and made a few calls with perfect "cell quality" reception. It takes a moment to connect, but once done, calls are perfect. You can rent them all over the place online.