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Old 05-16-2007, 05:44 PM   #21
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I can and do live without cable. I can find enough sports on my local stations. (Giants football and NY Mets.) And I'm a big fan of PBS.

I don't currently have high speed internet, but expect to try Verizon DSL starting next month.

I have a prepaid cell phone. Yesterday paid $100 to last me until almost the end of next year. It's for the last few law cases I take, and unexpected emergencies/inconveniences.
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:55 PM   #22
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Re: Can you live with OUT cell phone, high speed internet and cable TV?

Definitely cell phone and cable TV but not high-speed internet. I suppose I can always go the library (or coffee houses) with my laptop to get free access.
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Re: Can you live with OUT cell phone, high speed internet and cable TV?

It's one of those things, once you get used to it, you can't live without it. Try living without a computer for a day! I will certainly go nuts.
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I probably could get by without them, but why should I
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I could live without my wife too but I don't want to.

I have the cell phone in my car to use for emergencies only, I don't know the phone # and only my wife has it. Once you have been stranded without a cell phone you realize it does have a use.

If you own a computer why would you want anything other than a high speed connection?

Okay I keep the cable TV and get rid of the wife.
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I refuse to retire unless I can keep my high speed internet and cable TV. It's not whether or not I CAN live without them; the fact is that I have decided that these are luxuries that I am going to pay for and use.

But cell phone? I don't give a flip if I never see another cell phone. I don't like them, and I seldom use mine. I am thinking of ditching it after hurricane season.

Also, my cable TV is "bare bones basic" cable right now. I am perfectly happy with it, to tell you the truth. On the other hand, I think it would be fun to try digital cable once I retire, and have more free time.
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I can (and do) live without cable TV or a cell phone. But I draw the line at high-speed internet, I could live without it sure, but I don't plan to.
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Also, my cable TV is "bare bones basic" cable right now. I am perfectly happy with it, to tell you the truth. On the other hand, I think it would be fun to try digital cable once I retire, and have more free time.

Digital cable with HDTV and DVR.... You will be hooked!
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I can do without the cable TV, regular free channels are enough for me (not dh), once I retire I'll give up the cell phone, we'll only need one. I love my highspeed internet so that would be hard to give up.
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Never had cable or high speed internet. That may change in the next few years though. I have a pay-go cell phone and use about 30 min. a year. I could do without it if I had to.
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I don't have a TV; it is insulting.
Cell phone - yes for when I travel
High speed internet yes - about 250/year more than dial up
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For those of you without phones, how do you talk to your families and friends if you do not see them? (my friends are scattered all over the world, and family is in CA and I am here on the east coast.) E-mails and IM's are sufficient to a point, but...there is more than that.
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DW's Megacorp pays for her cell our high speed internet. We pay for cable and wouldn't live without it.
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I probably could, but I'd rather not live without the cell phone and the internet. The satellite TV I could probably do without, but I suspect DH would object...
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For those of you without phones, how do you talk to your families and friends if you do not see them? (my friends are scattered all over the world, and family is in CA and I am here on the east coast.) E-mails and IM's are sufficient to a point, but...there is more than that.
Although I have lived in more than a half dozen states in my life, sadly, I have't kept in touch with any friends that aren't right here in New Orleans. I make fewer than a half dozen calls a year to relatives (all of which live in other states). We keep in touch most of the time via e-mail and blogging.

When I was younger and first went away to college, my mother (a former English teacher) would insist on receiving long, newsy handwritten letters from me each week. A phone call just wouldn't do, for her. (I finally managed to persuade her that phone calls would do in a pinch.) Anyway, as a result my family is used to communicating via the written word. In the computer age, the long handwritten letters seem to have morphed into e-mail and long, newsy blog entries.
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Re: Can you live with OUT cell phone, high speed internet and cable TV?

Has NEVER own a cell phone, Has NEVER susbscribed to cable TV but will find it very frustrating to go back to dial-up.
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I have a cell phone but it's pay as you go: ~$6 /month

You will have to pry high speed internet from my cold dead hands.

Cable mostly for The Daily Show.
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I still have a landline to go with dsl. That is sufficient for me as I don't care to talk that much.
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I haven't had a TV since the early '80s. But there is a TV wherever I go. My parents just bought a new TV. The color is really gorgeous!
I have dial-up only but toy with the idea of going DSL one of these days.
I don't own a cell phone. Although had one briefly for the job. I must agree it does come in handy once in a while.
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Re: Can you live with OUT cell phone, high speed internet and cable TV?

I've never had any of the three. I do pay $5.50 for dial-up. It can be inconvenient at times, but for the most part your can get the good stuff off the internet (information) just the same with dial-up. I just don't have the luxury of watching the latest You Tube videos! Cable TV is really a non-starter. We don't watch TV (except for the ocassional movie from the library) and really don't miss it at all. Cells might be nice, but I've never even felt the urge to pick one up. I've borrow cells from time to time, and I always have to ask people who to turn the dang things on and dial numbers.
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