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Old 01-16-2010, 05:18 PM   #41
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A data point on cell phones. Earlier today DH and I were dropping off a prescription at the drive through window at the pharmacy. I found it interesting that we were told to make sure we wrote the full name, address, and cell phone number on the prescription. Yes, cell phone number not just phone number.

As it happens, we actually do like our cell phones and I like being able to constantly check my email on my Blackberry.

One difference between my kids and me is that I constantly check email. They constantly text. Go figure.

I am going to soon switch to an iphone though which I am sure I will use quite often (I do think, however, that I have good etiquette in using the cell phone and rarely talk on it in public).
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:57 PM   #42
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Almost forgot about this.... One day a lady walked into the police department with cell phone in hand, told me she was having a problem and wondered if she should call 911.
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:36 PM   #43
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Several years ago, I was at my uncle's funeral service, and sat next to a young guy who was dating my cousin (the deceased's daughter). During the eulogy, I heard a cell phone ring and realized it was the young guy's phone...I was shocked when he answered the call and loudly announced: "No, it's ok. I can talk now."

I leaned over and quietly asked him to step outside if he needed to complete his call. He then told his caller "no, it's ok. Just someone who needs to get a life."

I swear if I wasn't at a funeral, I would have decked the jerk. (BTW, I heard that he and my cousin stopped dating shortly afterward.)
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:54 AM   #44
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The fact that people are rude, and apparently were raised by badgers, has little to do with technology...

I'm a bit of a techno geek, and would have been an early-adopter, if I'd been more "prosperous". As for cellphones, I've had one since about 1997, usually the el cheapo supremo model. But this past summer, I bought an iphone for my birthday. Yeah, the bill nearly doubled, but it is useful, if not necessary. Btw, haven't had a landline for several years.

I don't feel compelled to talk/text endlessly, and am not Pavlov's dog, so I also don't feel compelled to answer every call...

"Hello"

"Hey, HFWR, what's up?"

"I'm taking a dump. And you?"
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I've had a cell for 15 years, maybe. Both kids have em. One does not text, the other is too tied to the text habit. With a cell phone, I can communicate with them instantly, wherever I or they go.

Yesterday I was at home of client, who is 65-70. He prefers text, so as I worked on his two Mac systems, we went back and forth with items to fix, etc. He was working, and could field my questions at his leisure.

I am seriously considering move to iPhone or Google. It is not a question of me needing it, but will keep me closer to Gen X and Gen Y.
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Cell Phone danger

ROSEVILLE, Calif. A driver whose SUV plunged into a Northern California creek after he was startled by his hands-free cell phone device escaped the sinking vehicle by blasting out the window with a handgun. The 28-year-old man, whose name wasn't immediately available, is an armed security guard at Thunder Valley Casino, north of Sacramento. He sustained minor injuries in Sunday's accident.
A spokesman for the Roseville Fire Department said the man was traveling northbound on Industrial Avenue in Roseville when the cell phone device activated. The driver was startled and veered off the road through the guardrail. The SUV landed in Pleasant Grove Creek.
He used his gun to shoot himself out, then flagged down a passerby.
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Be careful of what you wish for. After Megacorp gave us all cell phones (and took away our land lines) it was assumed that we were all on call 24/7. I had a manager that would call me on a Sunday with an assignment to be done by Monday AM. That sure made the early out offer an easy call.
We got cell phones for those on call in 1989. It worked great. The responders would carry them and respond at all hours. Customer satisfaction was up and employee sat was up, both by 10 points.

After two years, HR found out and made us give them a shift premium when they carried them.

Now we have Paygo cell phones which are only on when we are out. No texting except the bank that sends a message whenever there is a transaction. That lets us realize how desparate our handymen are.
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I am often amazed by the constant drivel I hear when people are using cell phones everywhere and all the time. My take is that very few of the conversations are emergencies or even that important. It's really kind of sad that people feel the need to take calls when at social events and also hard to believe the call can really be that important.

Several members of my investment club have iphones and love them. The iphones are great at our meetings because we can look at any stock we are discussing and see the chart along with the latest news and earnings. None of these people talk on their phones during the meetings, just use them as a research tool. I think cell phones are a good and appropriate use in this case as they enhance our discussions.

One day I was in Costco and heard a doorbell ring. I looked around and it was a cell phone with an interesting ring tone.
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Several members of my investment club have iphones and love them. The iphones are great at our meetings because we can look at any stock we are discussing and see the chart along with the latest news and earnings. None of these people talk on their phones during the meetings, just use them as a research tool. I think cell phones are a good and appropriate use in this case as they enhance our discussions.
So the way your friends use their phones is good and appropriate, but the way others use theirs is bad and inappropriate?

I think I have heard something like this before.

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