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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:18 AM   #1
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The no-cell club

Is there anyone who doesn't own or refuses to own a cell phone?

I hope I ain't the only one. Going on four years.

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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:24 AM   #2
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On the contrary, we got cell phones and ditched our land lines. Cheaper and easier.
Now texting is another matter...........
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:32 AM   #3
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Speaking of texting, I just drove home and saw a guy texting on his phone and totally ignoring what was happening on the road in front of him. I got totally pissed when I glanced behind him and saw two little girls in the back seat.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:40 AM   #4
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My wife has one.I do not.People around here(CA.) think its odd,but I tell them I dont need one.We get 250 min. every three months and use maybe 5 or 10 minutes.the minutes just roll over to the next quarter.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 11:53 AM   #5
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On the contrary, we got cell phones and ditched our land lines. Cheaper and easier.
Now texting is another matter...........
Same here. The only thing we use the land line for is DSL. I have been reducing my satellite TV programming as I discover more and more internet TV options.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 01:12 PM   #6
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Not having a cell phone these days is certainly unique and actually might work when things are normal, but throw in a couple of hospital visits, serious illnesses, or emergency situations and you suddenly find out how valuable that they can be. Having a cell phone could save someone's life.

My father (94) refuses to carry/use a cell phone and the only time that we could find out how things were going was to wait for him to call each night when he got home from the hospital. That was extemely frustrating, upsetting, and completely unncessary.

So, if you don't want to use a cell phone for yourself, fine, but think about those other people that may need info/status from you or have a real need to get in touch with you.

Have you ever tried to find the wife in a large store? Cell phones help with that.
Have you ever been on the road and needed a hotel reservation? Cell phones help with that.
Have you ever had a total electrical failure immediately after take off? I called the tower with the cell phone and recieved landing instructions.
Have you ever needed to activate the EMS system while on the road? Cell phones help with that.

If you can't hear/see to use a cell phone, there are phones for seniors that are not complicated with large keys/digits and loud volume. There just isn't any excuse not to have/use one these days. They are not a passing fad!!

I am very interested in understanding on what your resistance to cell phones is based.
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Not having a cell phone these days is certainly unique and actually might work when things are normal, but throw in a couple of hospital visits, serious illnesses, or emergency situations and you suddenly find out how valuable that they can be. Having a cell phone could save someone's life.

My father (94) refuses to carry/use a cell phone and the only time that we could find out how things were going was to wait for him to call each night when he got home from the hospital. That was extemely frustrating, upsetting, and completely unnecessary.

He's old school and used to it and what may seem normal to him is not to the current technology-crazed generation that must know everything that is going on with everyone at every minute.

So, if you don't want to use a cell phone for yourself, fine, but think about those other people that may need info/status from you or have a real need to get in touch with you.

If they want to get in touch with me then they can email me. It has worked for the past 15-20 years and still has. I'm 34 and still email with parents,family, and friends without any issues. I go about my life during the day and check email before bed.

Have you ever tried to find the wife in a large store? Cell phones help with that.

Yes i do laps around and around till I find her. It's a good workout I do not mind.
Have you ever been on the road and needed a hotel reservation? Cell phones help with that.
Nope but if I did I'd stop by and ask someone at a gas station or store. Good old human interaction.

Have you ever had a total electrical failure immediately after take off? I called the tower with the cell phone and recieved landing instructions.

I don't fly. Makes me too nervous. I wouldn't be allowed to fly a plane anyways.
Have you ever needed to activate the EMS system while on the road? Cell phones help with that.
Nope, sorry never was in a situation that required an ems.

If you can't hear/see to use a cell phone, there are phones for seniors that are not complicated with large keys/digits and loud volume. There just isn't any excuse not to have/use one these days. They are not a passing fad!!

I am very interested in understanding on what your resistance to cell phones is based.
I chose not to use a phone simply because I do not need one in my daily life. I do everything everyone else does without a phone except what I do is not super-simplified by a smart phone. And, oh yeah, I actually ENJOY what i see instead of fiddling with a camera to take pictures and missing out on the entire moment.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 02:06 PM   #8
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I chose not to use a phone simply because I do not need one in my daily life. I do everything everyone else does without a phone except what I do is not super-simplified by a smart phone. And, oh yeah, I actually ENJOY what i see instead of fiddling with a camera to take pictures and missing out on the entire moment.
We used to be like you. But highschool kids in sports, living in the country, elderly family members, and just a general ability to contact folks on the fly changed all that.
Once we found that it was cheaper to pay for a family cell plan than retain our land line, the choice became obvious.
Interestingly enough, mine rarely rings. But when I'm outside and my boy is calling to tell me his car is broken down on the pass, it pays for it'self.
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Over the weekend we ended up with a Jeep down in the woods. I can't imagine how long it would have taken to get a trailer rounded up to get the Jeep home if we didnít have cell phones. We could have made it happen but it would have taken much longer.
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Unread 08-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #10
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I respect not wanting a cell phone. I could get by without one, and it is questionable to justify for how little I use it. But having verbal communication abilities is nice, and having a land line makes no sense whatsoever over a cell. So cell phone it is.

It is amusing to see what people think you must have a cell phone for. As if nothing was ever accomplished 15 years ago.
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It's not a necessity by any stretch. However, it's cheap insurance if you're driving very much.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 04:12 PM   #12
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It is amusing to see what people think you must have a cell phone for. As if nothing was ever accomplished 15 years ago.
Yea back when you can find a pay phone on every block. Seriously go look for one and see how long it takes. Make sure the actual PHONE is still in it.

I see the OP's side of things, but at the same time you must be single.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 05:40 PM   #13
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Speaking of texting, I just drove home and saw a guy texting on his phone and totally ignoring what was happening on the road in front of him. I got totally pissed when I glanced behind him and saw two little girls in the back seat.
I'd be pissed too; that's just playing with their lives and others around them. I've had a few occasions of people swerving into my lane because they felt a text message or reading e-mail was so necessary.

Other than that; both my kids have cell phones and both are younger than high school age. I can call them if I'm running late and they show-up on our family map (GPS), so I can make sure they're on their way when riding bikes.

I was in the park about a month ago and a kid split his chin open; thankfully had my cell on me and was able to call an ambulance, because he was going into shock and half conscious (might have been concussed too).
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Yea back when you can find a pay phone on every block. Seriously go look for one and see how long it takes. Make sure the actual PHONE is still in it.

I see the OP's side of things, but at the same time you must be single.
Maybe in NYC or Chicago. The vast majority got along just fine without talking to someone every 35 seconds.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 06:07 PM   #15
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I admire the OP for not needing one. I fought the cell phone deal forever then I finally got an old school flip phone. Used that forever then switched to an IPhone. Talk about a change.
I have to admit, I enjoy the convenience of the IPhone. I would definitely dump my land line though if I got just a little bit better service where I live.
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