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Interesting article. The smart phones make sense for those migrants fleeing their homelands but in a true collapse the phones may or may not work. I only have a flip phone myself that I buy minutes for on account service is iffy where I live and I don’t want to pay for service I won’t get. My wife has a smart phone but she travels a lot. In fact service is iffy or non-existent in probably half of Vermont. Urban/suburban tourists are often stunned when they find themselves without cell service up here. Sometimes happy stunned to be disconnected from the world for a bit and sometimes unhappy stunned. The mountainous terrain makes it tough to provide coverage in rural areas. Every so often I’ll be somewhere that loses my Sirius radio connectivity even. I don’t know what it is like elsewhere in the country but I suggest folks not be too reliant upon smart phones for bugging out purposes.