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Old 02-17-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
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Am I the only person without a cell phone?

As part of LBMM, I don't have a cell phone. When we travel, my wife brings along her company provided phone. I was making reservations last week and my travel agent was surprised that I didn't have a cell phone.

Am I the only one left?
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Re: Am I the only person without a cell phone?
Old 02-17-2007, 06:40 AM   #2
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Nope, you're not the only one. I haven't figured out what I would do with one if I had it.

DW and I email during the day while I'm at wo*k. If I'm going to be a little late, I email. If I really need to get in touch with her quickly I use the phone right on my desk.

If I ever have car trouble and need to call for service the plan is to just wait for someone with a cell phone to stop. And then I'll be nice and give'em $10 for their trouble.
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I got a cell phone while working because they needed to be able to contact me, and the computer tied up the land line.

I'm now retired and have DSL, but have kept the cell through inertia.
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I've got one, and (aside from the safety isssue) I'm pretty sure it pays for itself by reducing the amount of drivng we do. "DW, I'm at Home Depot, 5 miles from DDs school--you want me to pick her up and save you the trip?" "Hey, I'm at the supermarket for some things. Do we need anything?" etc)

With the number of pay phones going down and societal expectations that everyone will have one increasing, it will get harder and harder to not jump onboard I think. Which is too bad.


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We've got the same cell phone use..couple of calls a week that last a minute or two. Maybe 300-400 minutes a year tops. T-mobile prepaid plan costs $100 a year for 1000 minutes good for the year, and those roll over if you recharge before the 1 year expiry.

I put one in each car for emergencies and quick questions. Pretty cheap insurance and not that spendy considering I know people who spend 200-300 a MONTH on their cell phone bills.
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My 10 year-old does not have a cell phone.

I have a cell phone provided by my work, but do not have a personal cell phone.

It is true that cell phones can make a family more productive. I do not think it is a badge of honor to not have cell phone. And I am a fairly cheap bastard.
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Dont have one either and probably never will....Wouldnt want one for work, either and have said no....bad enough that folks call me on my landline with so called "emergencies"...agree with honey, that there are so many folks with phones that you can just borrow one and tip them a few bucks (done that a few times)....
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...which works great until someone not so friendly comes along and realizes that you're alone with a disabled car and have no phone.
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...which works great until someone not so friendly comes along and realizes that you're alone with a disabled car and have no phone.
Say baby, want to buy a watch? I know you ain't got no watch because if you did, you would know it's nighttime. And nighttime ain't no time to be in this neighborhood. Stick em up sucka!

Cell phones are just too darn convenient not to have one if you can afford it.
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Ding! Ding! Ding!
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I have one. I got it for:

1) long distance calls (but I only make 2-3/year). A phone card would be cheaper.

2) business travel, but generally I just contact people by e-mail instead.

3) hurricane evacuations.

4) car trouble

Since 1 and 2 are not necessary, and 4 has never happened (I have a Toyota), really the only reason I have it right now is 3.

When I retire and move to another state away from hurricanes, it might be handy until I get settled in and have a land line. But at that point, I plan to discontinue my cell phone and the associated $33/month payments. This is $396/year I should not have to spend.
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when i w*rked i had a company supplied cell phone which i kept in the trunk of the car. as i worked out of my house i also had three land lines. on quitting i got myself down to one land line with no cell. when i started doing road trips last year i got rid of my land line and got a cell. that & this is now my only link to the outside world, well, and the occassional lunch with my still w*rking friends.
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No cell phone user here!

DW has one that she uses for "emergencies" but I have never needed one.

I do not have a need to be in constant communication with the outside world 24/7. My home phone (LL) is listed and they can leave a message on my 20 year-old answering machine and I guarantee to return the call as long as is it is not political or sales-related.

I notice that these devices can now link you up with Internet, email, movies, even porn! No thanks. I prefer to view my porn at home on the big screen like any "old school" American does!
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don't need no stinkin' cellphone :P

ok, I'm a luddite. Haven't figured out how texting is an improvement over anything. Don't like ICQ or instant messages. emails are good enough, and not so bloody intrusive.
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No cell here. Thus far I've figured that the benefit of having it would be outweighed by the ability of others (my boss, for example) to annoy me when I don't want to be annoyed.

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...which works great until someone not so friendly comes along and realizes that you're alone with a disabled car and have no phone.
I DO think about this argument sometimes, but I've got to balance that with the temptation to use the cell while driving, and the 98% reduction in my driving skills that would come with it. Nowadays, almost EVERY time I see some nutcase weaving over the road or squeezing me in the parking lot, it's a nutcase with a phone pressed up against his / her head.
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No cell here. Thus far I've figured that the benefit of having it would be outweighed by the ability of others (my boss, for example) to annoy me when I don't want to be annoyed.

I DO think about this argument sometimes, but I've got to balance that with the temptation to use the cell while driving, and the 98% reduction in my driving skills that would come with it. Nowadays, almost EVERY time I see some nutcase weaving over the road or squeezing me in the parking lot, it's a nutcase with a phone pressed up against his / her head.
Apparently the latest fad is even better: text messaging while driving.
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Love the cell phone, don't use any of the texting, internet or other extras.

When I don't want to here from anyone I turn it off.
We are currently building a house so the contractor or subs can get a hold of me without delay allowing me to answer any questions immediately.
Makes meeting my wife at the mall, in the cases where we go to different stores, very simple.
Handy for emergencies (haven't needed it, but wife did once and it was a blessing).
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In case of family emergencies my family has an almost sure fire way to get a hold of me.
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I DO think about this argument sometimes, but I've got to balance that with the temptation to use the cell while driving, and the 98% reduction in my driving skills that would come with it. Nowadays, almost EVERY time I see some nutcase weaving over the road or squeezing me in the parking lot, it's a nutcase with a phone pressed up against his / her head.
Caroline, cell phones (at least in Minnesota) will work to call 911 even if you have no cell phone service. The phone just needs to be charged. So for strickly emergency uses you could have one that didn't even have the capability to make or receive any other phone calls. Might be the best of both worlds for you
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I've got one, and (aside from the safety isssue) I'm pretty sure it pays for itself by reducing the amount of drivng we do. "DW, I'm at Home Depot, 5 miles from DDs school--you want me to pick her up and save you the trip?" "Hey, I'm at the supermarket for some things. Do we need anything?" etc)
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It is true that cell phones can make a family more productive. I do not think it is a badge of honor to not have cell phone. And I am a fairly cheap bastard.
Spouse had a cell phone & pager with work, and it was painful.

As for cell phones with work, I think that in the long run it's cheaper and more effective to train people to make decisions without having to call you first. Yeah, it takes more initial time & effort & money to train people to make decisions instead of calling you, but that "calling you" part could be done just as easily by Monster.com's monkeys. Sometimes not being in touch with your staff for an hour or two can be a very beneficial thing for the staff, for you, and even for the customer.

As for family productivity, maybe a cell phone isn't the best way to improve it. Heaven forbid families should have to be as productive in the old-fashioned way-- by talking about it face-to-face, planning ahead, and not being so "flexible" with changes to the plan or pushing the envelope until it loses temporal elasticity. If you have a cell phone then there's no incentive to try the planning approach.

I find myself getting annoyed when my PILs are on their phone line for more than an hour or two (they have dial-up and it's not uncommon for their phone line to be busy for 5-6 hours). Then I realize that I'm getting into the bad habit of demanding that everyone be instantly available for my slightest whim. That perspective helps me realize there's usually several other ways to accomplish my desire-- sending them an e-mail or (*gasp*) making a decision on my own.

I think a lot of Hawaii's amateur hikers & boaters would have stayed out of trouble if they didn't have a cell phone in the first place. It's like carrying a gun-- it can give you a sense of false confidence.

I can tell a lot about a person by whether they can actually follow my driving directions to our house or if I have to "talk them in" through their cell phones. We had one person who needed my continuous communication until a block from the house, assured me she could make it, hung up, then shortly pulled into our driveway. As I was going out the front door to greet them, our phone rang. Spouse went back to the kitchen only to discover it was the person sitting in our driveway announcing her arrival. I guess hauling her butt out of the driver's seat and actually ringing the doorbell was no longer her habit.

In the last decade I've rarely seen an erratic driver distracted by the radio, their kids, or by other minutiae of operating a vehicle. It's been cell phones. The other 5% has been seatmates with cell phones.

If a cell phone worked as well and as easily as a land-line phone then I might consider getting one. However they're a technological hassle and just one more personal possession to keep track of at a time in my life when I can barely locate my reading glasses. I think that cell phones are an opportunity to waste a tremendous amount of configuration time & money on something that's just never been necessary. A convenient crutch, yes, but not necessary. After a generation, personal computers have only recently gotten to the point where most people can make measurable improvements to their lives without needing full-time support staff. Cell phones, in my opinion, just aren't there yet.

I'm just not sure how I'll react when I see a surfer in the lineup with a cell phone. I'm amazed I haven't seen one with an iPod yet.
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Then I realize that I'm getting into the bad habit of demanding that everyone be instantly available for my slightest whim.
We had a cell phone for about 6 months. Mr. Ibid would call me from the end of the driveway to tell me the trash had been picked up and maybe it would be a good idea to drag the cans back to the house. Then he'd call me before getting on the highway to remind me of some chore he wanted me to do. Then he'd call me when he got to the parking lot at w*rk to ask me to do some other thing. He'd call me from the store to debate about the value of one brand over another. It got to where I started letting the answering machine pick up the calls.

He asked me to take the phone when shopping and then he'd call to "remind" me to buy things on my list or ask me where I was and how much longer I'd be, etc. Six months later I'd just about had it with the convenience of a cell phone. Then he called me from the bathroom (in our house!) to tell me that we were low on tp. Not out but maybe it would be a good idea to put it on the shopping list.

I waited outside the bathroom door with a mallet. When he stepped out, I took the cell phone, stomped outside, put it on the concrete patio, and hit it with the mallet until it was in bits. Not my best moment, but it got the point across. Some people just shouldn't have cell phones.

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As I was going out the front door to greet them, our phone rang. Spouse went back to the kitchen only to discover it was the person sitting in our driveway announcing her arrival.
I thought my mom was the only one who did that. She'll call from the driveway to see if we were home and would it be alright to come over for a little while? The funny thing is that we (her kids) chip in and pay for her to have a cell because she'd just show up unannounced. Dad is too cheap to let her make long-distance calls from home and she hates to use pay phones.

As to the stuck by the side of the road problem, I refuse to live my life in fear of what 'might' happen.

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