If you do it right you can just go the prepaid route on a modern smart phone through an invisible LLC and use MySudo (privacy app that allows you to run multiple aliases with separate numbers / emails). 

Depending on carrier you could run constant uptime on the phone or use a prepaid card and charge it when needed. Most carriers will allow you to access their company website on the phone even without an internet connection, but some links may be broken. 

Even on a burner phone I wouldn’t use the actual given number for anything. 

"I came here for one reason: to attack and keep coming.- Ultimate Warrior

 

"Americans don't deserve America." - Timmy

If you have my Sudo, you can buy any shitty phone with cash at grocery stores and then buy a prepaid SIM card to load the data. Buying a phone anonymously is pretty simple, and as Mick said, don't ever use that phone number. The only thing you need is a data plan to sign in to your my Sudo account. 

It is getting challenging to buy a new Apple iPhone without ID, but there are always ways to buy anything on earth with cash if you have enough on hand. 

I'm seeing two options, with two levels of anonymity. 

First, using your own phone, with your own number, but accessing an app that uses an alias number. Your phone still points back to you and your location.

Second, and the one I thought more pertinent to this thread, was a phone from Walmart and a minutes card from the Dollar Store. No connection to you. You keep this phone in your safe house cache. Do the minutes expire if it's sitting there for months/years? I get the impression from reading various places that they do. That would defeat the purpose.

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Malpaso posted:

I'm seeing two options, with two levels of anonymity. 

First, using your own phone, with your own number, but accessing an app that uses an alias number. Your phone still points back to you and your location.

Second, and the one I thought more pertinent to this thread, was a phone from Walmart and a minutes card from the Dollar Store. No connection to you. You keep this phone in your safe house cache. Do the minutes expire if it's sitting there for months/years? I get the impression from reading various places that they do. That would defeat the purpose.

You rotate rations, batteries & other consumables or shelf life items.

 

The Instagram page edsmanifesto covered the phone thing a few weeks ago. If you don't follow him, or know who he is, he is absolutely worth looking into. From his page on phones:

Burners - for everything from posting something for sale on Craigslist, to online dating, etc. Nothing is full proof, but basically these are disposable phones that don't have any personal information from yourself on them. These ones are all bought in bulk ( CASH) by a contact of mine are completely unlocked with the capability to take sim cards from the US and Mexico. Pay as you go, and just use cash. never get the prepaid card and phone from the same place if you want to keep things ninja (CASHONLY). Switch these up every couple of weeks if you are actually getting any use out of them. A few things  I do on mine is cover up all the cameras on it just to remind me to not use it for anything other than call except in an emergency. I also cover the finger print scanner on these. Again reminders.  You can also set up reference phone for a business in one  if you want to make it look like you are part of a larger organization. As a traveler these are good back up forms of communication. FCC mandate, every mobile phone must be able to dial 9-1-1 even if you aren't signed up with a carrier, even without a sim card they work for emergencies in the US so why not have one on hand somewhere that you can get to it. Don't leave anything of yours in this phone. Delete everything as soon as you use it. Store your phones numbers on paper or on an old school Casio calculator watch. Once done, smash it and spread the pieces., microwave or hard reset the phone with 1% charge, and while restarting pull out the charger. Just a few basic notes on these options.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

This is an interesting and timely thread.  Lots of interesting thoughts, in no particular order.

My tendency is to go low-tech, out in the woods, to hide.  But, going urban has it's charms as well.  Depends if isolation is your friend, or enemy.  It could break either way.  

To the original OP, and storage units.  As with any cache point, anything left unguarded is vulnerable to pilferage.  Each location has it's pluses and minuses.  But being in one central location is not advisable, so you do the best you can.  

On the subject of alternate ID.  Now we are getting into pretty esoteric subjects, and into gray areas best not discussed in open forums.  Suffice it say, if we get to this point, then living in an underground society will require many of these techniques.

On disappearing for a few days.  Doing the old LA fade-away.  Again, going into dark areas.  

Now we are into the areas of clandestine tradecraft, which by definition, is done in the dark.  Best to do quietly by yourself.  The info is out there.  Obtain it, use it, don't be caught with it.  

One thing I will mention is risk factor.  I don't think any one technique is fool-proof; you study the problem, you make your decision, then you follow through with appropriate action.  There is serious risk in choosing this COA, i.e., going underground against the regime.  You might not survive.  With this in mind, make the best choices you can, and then try not to fixate on it.  Cheer up; nobody is getting out of this motherfucker alive.      

But circling back to the OP, the main idea is that certain items will be contraband and can no longer be stored in the home.  You, yourself may be targeted for government action/rendering, so countermeasures may also  be required here.  Cache points for materials, safe houses for yourself.  Although the "singleton" looks good, via "Jason Bourne" legend, I think ultimately the answer lies in a community effort, an auxiliary if you will.  Here you will find networks of cache sites and safehouses designed to hide folks.  Lots of communities have successfully used this approach over the years; "underground railways" for various causes (although the irony is that many of those same folks have assumed power and are now doing exactly what they railed against).  But I think there is power in numbers, even with the increased risk of exposure.

Again, this is something that must be done on the local level, quietly, behind the scenes.  And perhaps on a regional level as well.  Doing anything electronically is probably not a good idea.  At this point, you have to assume it's all being vacuumed up.             

"Pacifism is a shifty doctrine where a person claims all the benefits of the body politic, without any of the responsibilities, and then claims a halo for their dishonesty." Heinlein

Malpaso posted:

I'm seeing two options, with two levels of anonymity. 

First, using your own phone, with your own number, but accessing an app that uses an alias number. Your phone still points back to you and your location.

Second, and the one I thought more pertinent to this thread, was a phone from Walmart and a minutes card from the Dollar Store. No connection to you. You keep this phone in your safe house cache. Do the minutes expire if it's sitting there for months/years? I get the impression from reading various places that they do. That would defeat the purpose.

What are you trying to use the phone for? If you are planning on having a phone signal you can plan on wifi working also. 

If you just want to do some anonymous purchasing, go buy an iPod touch from someone on craigslist for cash. Get some gift cards with cash and put your required apps on it. You can use MySudo and a VPN on pretty much any public wifi network with a fair amount of anonymity. An iPod won't have most of the device ID info that a phone will (reset that advertiser ID...), and will by its nature be far more secure.

This will help you buy dildos for your girlfriend without your wife finding out. I'm not getting any deeper than that. 

geronimo posted:

What are you trying to use the phone for?

At this point, I'm only gathering information, as I don't know what I don't know.

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It's not that life is so short, it's that you're dead for so long.

The .45-70 is the only government I trust

"I was raised in a place called America...
It's gone now, I wish you could've seen it"
- a WWII vet

 

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