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Old 06-26-08, 04:24 AM   #1
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Could you survive without your cell phone?

I could easily. I hate the f$#king things. Always ring when your in the middle of something (like a ride, I usually don't take mine when riding now for that reason) or if you leave them at home or even just out of earshot for just 5 mins you will get missed calls even though you aren't expecting any and no one has rung you for a week.

They have their uses, like when you have broken down somewhere and you can call a friend/family member or garage/auto club to come and rescue you but a lot of people (especially young teenage girls) seem to think it is mandantory to talk/text on them 24/7 regardless of where they are or who they are with. It's not as if they are making/receiving some very important call that just can't wait. From the conversations I've overheard (can't help but overhear, people yell into them, even while standing next to you in a crowded lift) it is just inane stuff that could easily wait until the caller and callee meet up again (they've been apart like a whole 5 mins...).

I could rave on for ever about the loathe I have for cell phones...
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Old 06-26-08, 04:51 AM   #2
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Rave away!

I have one. It's on a pay-as-you-go arrangement (which means Telstra, like most telcos, steals my money when the top-up expires). I currently don't have any top-up on it because I am not expecting to use it into the foreseeable future. Whcih means I can't call out and I can't receive messages. All good!

I survived a long time with NO phone in my home. I used to cycle to a public phone box to call my girlfriend (international calls) and use my PocketMail for my emails. Then I got a laptop computer and have a landline for dail-up, but I don't use it for voice calls except to talk to my girlfriend. If anyone wants to communicate with me, they do it by email.

Not having a phone or a mobile can catch you out, though. I went to hire a car, but forgot my driver's licence. I had hired from the guy before, and he was prepared to check my mobile/cell phone number was legit in lieu of the licence. He called the number, then hung up when I pointed out it probably wouldn't answer because it wasn't topped up. "Sorry, no licence, no phone. no rent you a car." I came back the next day with my licence and the phone with $15 worth of activity booked in.
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Old 06-26-08, 04:54 AM   #3
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Guess, we'll never know since it sets in a drawer unusued.
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Old 06-26-08, 06:43 AM   #4
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I couldn't do much without it. I run my business through it.

As far as it being an appliance, I think it's a rude device. Mainly when you are having a conversation with some one, face to face, their phone rings and they just answer it, putting you on hold. Normally I walk away. My phone will never interrupt my human conversation with someone.

As far as on a ride, I use that little button that shuts it off. If it weren't for my business activity through my phone, I would only turn it on to make a call, then off when I'm done.
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I could, but the battery in it is a great way to start the campfire.
And the GPS really is nice for finding water sources. The led flash for the camera is an ok signaling device too. So, I could survive without it, but it does have some nice features that make it easier.
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Old 06-26-08, 06:49 AM   #6
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Absolutely not. With 25+ emails a day in my personal inbox alone, it would be tough to not be on top of them.

Plus, how else are you supposed to talk to women now a days????
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Old 06-26-08, 06:56 AM   #7
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Absolutely not. With 25+ emails a day in my personal inbox alone, it would be tough to not be on top of them.

Plus, how else are you supposed to talk to women now a days????
you talk to women?
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you talk to women?
Do I? DO I????

I read Slashdot. HINT HINT

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Old 06-26-08, 07:18 AM   #9
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I could, but the battery in it is a great way to start the campfire.
And the GPS really is nice for finding water sources. The led flash for the camera is an ok signaling device too. So, I could survive without it, but it does have some nice features that make it easier.
'Screen works well as a flashlight also.

I get way more than 25 E-Mails a day, but just read them on my laptop.

Actually my wife and I use it for texting more than a phone.
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Don't own one, had one for a couple years (on the "pay as you go card" plan just for emergencies). Used it around 10 times (never for an emergency), had no use for it really. Once told a former boss my thoughts on them, she looked at me like I had two heads. I also don't wear a watch, and yet I'm the most on-time person I know.

When I ride I take the wifey's cell.

But yes, as I'm writing this I'm proving that I'm alive, thus confirming your premise.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:10 AM   #11
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I survived 14 years without one(my last cell phone was a brick phone), but it drove my friends nuts. They paid for the 1st year of a 2yr plan, as a gift. They were tired of not being able to reach me, and were insulted by my "I'll call you, if I want to talk to you" attitude.

Last week a drunk girl dropped my phone into Lake Mead. I actually missed having it.

I don't like to spend much time at home, but noticed that I do enjoy talking with my friends(and have many of them living all over the country). Free long distance calling and the ability to reach friends(and be reached by them)while out and about, is a big plus.

BTW, my employer + co-workers, don't have my ph#(and never will).

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Old 06-26-08, 08:28 AM   #12
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hell ya. I have one for work, period.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:55 AM   #13
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I don't have any friends who live locally, so the free long distance is what keeps me sane.

It is my only phone.
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Old 06-26-08, 08:59 AM   #14
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my only phone is a cell phone, so no, I couldn't. I don't have a land line and I don't have home internet. My cell is my only link.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:01 AM   #15
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I have to have one for work. However if I get another job that doesn't require one I could live without one but would probably keep one. When I was in college I used pay phones and phone cards all the time, but pay phones are going away fast in my area, so I would probably keep a cell phone.
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i am not a phone person. if i did not have to have one it would be a joy.

..especially when it rings at 1AM on worknights by drunk friends. I'm on the coffee today.
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i am not a phone person. if i did not have to have one it would be a joy.

..especially when it rings at 1AM on worknights by drunk friends. I'm on the coffee today.
you really need to stop. You keep posting things that make you more and more attractive all the time.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:39 AM   #18
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I get calls from Foosters from all over the United States. If I didn't have a cell it would be hard (and expensive) to keep contact with you guys.

But other than that, I would LOVE to not have a cell. It would be a good excuse for work to not call me with a problem.
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Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.
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I get calls from Foosters from all over the United States. If I didn't have a cell it would be hard (and expensive) to keep contact with you guys.

But other than that, I would LOVE to not have a cell. It would be a good excuse for work to not call me with a problem.
telepathy....you should try it some time.
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Little do you know, MV.
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Old 06-26-08, 09:46 AM   #21
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Little do you know, MV.
And lets keep it that way. Ignorance is bliss ya know.
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I'm pretty sure that is an insult
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I'm pretty sure that is an insult
Given the fact that the tosser of said insult hangs out with pink boyz in their undies, I am not insulted.
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The battery in mine is shot. It only works when attached to the car charger, and dies within a few seconds of being unplugged. I'm waiting for my contract to expire rather than put any money into it.

I hate the damnable things too.
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I've had one for nearly ten years now, and while it was handy for work on remote jobsites, the cell coverage in this rural part of Colorado sucks and I'd usually end up missing the call anyway. I still carry it out of legacy as much as need.

When I was kicked out of the house after the divorce, it was my only phone for a while. No, not by choice but due to the local phone company's ineptitude: it took them 5 months to get my land line switched to a new location! Things got so tough that I moved in with my folks for a while...and they gave away the phone number I'd had since moving to Colorado.

My life is still land lines, both at home (mostly for DSL) and at the shop. The cell comes in handy when the line is tied up with the credit card machine and I need to call a customer. The only people that call me on my cell are my wife to yank my chain about when I'll be home, and my ex wife about money. Yes, I could live without it...but it is handy for when I'm traveling or riding.

Can you hear me now?
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