Which weather-protected phone?
If you need to have an emergency phone outdoors, where it can be rained on or snowed on, you have three basic choices:
#1 You can use an "indoor" phone in a
wall-mounted outdoor housing. This
arrangement will cost you from $320 to $519. This can be the least expensive solution, but the installation will take longer and the phone may be subject to vandalism or theft.
You have several choices of phones including standard-dial, auto-dial and
no-dial. Various housings are available. Some can be locked.
#2 You can use a
manual-dial phone that's designed and built with weather protection. It can be mounted on a wall,
a pole or a pedestal. Price for the phone is $329. A wall-mount bracket costs $34. The pedestal costs $218. Although the handset cord is armored, it could be cut by a determined vandal. Calls must be dialed manually.
This phone is often used to replace a pay phone.
The most popular choice is an
auto-dial hands-free speakerphone that's designed and built with weather protection. It can be
easily mounted on a wall, a pole or a pedestal. Price for this phone is $495. A wall-mount bracket is not necessary. The pedestal costs $218.
Any of these phones will work fine when connected to a simple analog phone line -- either from a local phone company, or from an analog port on a business phone system, or from a VoIP service provider.
The phones are powered by the phone line and do not need separate electrical power or batteries.
Installation can be done by anyone who is comfortable with basic tools.