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Old 09-26-11, 10:46 AM   #1
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The "I do not own a cell phone" thread

I do not. I hate them. I want to go back to my little phone that I hung on the wall with a tape type answering machine. Rotary dial just to make people wonder how in the heck you dial on this thing.

My wife has one of those Iphone things that is smarter than me.

I had a cell phone for the longest time and never really used it so I chucked it. I tried cutting my plan down and down and finally ended up with TracPhone. Nice product decent plan and price. Still could not justify the price or need.

BTW I do not Facebook, Myspace, or anything else. Heck, Bike forums is pushing my boundaries.

I have been told that I was born into the wrong era that I should have lived in the 50's.
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This thread confuses me.

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Old 09-26-11, 12:25 PM   #3
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This is me, yelling at the neighbor kids while I sit on my porch with an old dog, a rocking chair, and a shotgun. My wife, meanwhile, will pat my head and tell me its ok. Which will cause me to grumble something you cannot repeat in polite company.
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How about I wish I didn't own a cell phone thread. Quite frankly if it could stay 1993 forever I would be ok.
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Old 09-26-11, 01:16 PM   #5
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How about I wish I didn't own a cell phone thread. Quite frankly if it could stay 1993 forever I would be ok.
I'd prefer not to own a phone at all.
Someday, it will be that way....I will do all communication via email and snail mail.
As for the 1993 comment....nah. We'd be hearing Millie Vanilly on the radio all the time. I hated that.
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I own a tracphone that is only ever used when I'm travelling or something. I take it with me on bike rides in case of emergency, but never use it. It's almost never turned on and no one has the number (except a bunch of bill collectors who're trying to track down the last guy with that number). I'd prefer not to have one at all, but sometimes when traveling to new places you need to have one to coordinate airport pickups/directions/etc.

Everyone else at my work has one and wants to add my number to the list at work and don't understand why I don't want to. I don't see why they need to contact me every second of the day. They have my home phone and can see me if I'm at work, what more do they want. When I'm not near a phone, I don't want to be interrupted by things that aren't relevant to what I'm doing right now (exception, it was on in the 2 weeks before my wife's due date pretty much every second I wasn't around her as I didn't want to miss the birth of our daughter).
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Old 09-26-11, 01:28 PM   #7
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I'd prefer not to own a phone at all.
Someday, it will be that way....I will do all communication via email and snail mail.
As for the 1993 comment....nah. We'd be hearing Millie Vanilly on the radio all the time. I hated that.
I do still write letters. I think I'm the only one of my age set that I know (32) that sends out handwritten Christmas cards (or any at all for that matter) every year.

Our daughter has one of those little rotary phones with wheels and a face on the front of it (similar to the one that played a big role in the most recent toy story movie), and I think when she gets older she's going to be so confused as she'll never see a rotary phone and probably never a corded one. I do, however, keep one around plugged in always in case of power outages, so she might see that. I grew up in a rural area where we'd lose power at least 3-4 times a year and would need a non-electricity powered phone to call it in so the power company would know. Heck, where I grew up we were so rural, we had a party line phone until probably 1990 and I still listen for a dial tone before I dial as a result.
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Old 09-26-11, 01:42 PM   #8
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Cell phones cause brain cancer, according to the World Health Organisation.
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Old 09-26-11, 01:59 PM   #9
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When people ask for my cell number, I love telling them I've never been in prison.
Hilarious to me that some people react hurt, as if I don't consider them close or important enough and would lie to avoid giving it to them. ("Oh, so you just don't want to give it to me, huh?")

I've also met two women via internet dating whose eyebrows went up when they found out and I immediately knew my not having a cellphone was a deal-killer.

Several months ago I bought a peanut butter cup in a supermarket to make change for the payphone. When I asked the market teller where the nearest payphone was, her eyes bugged out and she said loud enough for everyone at the front of the market to hear, "How can you not have a cellphone! Even HOMELESS PEOPLE have cellphones!"
...guess I'll take my peanut butter cup business elsewhere from now on.

Thank god my gf is cool with me being cell-free.

+1 on the Milli Vanilli. (Baah-bababa-baah-bababa-blechblech-blechblech...)

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Old 09-26-11, 02:04 PM   #10
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I do not have a land line. My cell is always with me. I do have rules though. I do not answer the phone whenever it rings. If I am with another person, or eating dinner, or riding my bike, the phone goes to voicemail.
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Old 09-26-11, 02:12 PM   #11
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Cell phones are good for emergencies. Other than that...worthless.
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Old 09-26-11, 02:15 PM   #12
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Trac phone: cost $10. Airtime: $20 every 3 months. Had it for 3 years now and for about $7/month its an emergency use only device. Last year had a tire blowout (yes tire....tread separated on an almost brand new tire and I don't usually carry a spare tire) about 4 miles from home. No pay phones around(are there any left at all?) and sure was nice to be able to call my wife and put the bike in the back of the van instead of carrying it home. Also makes me feel a bit more secure knowing that if I go down in a rural area I can call for help.

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Old 09-26-11, 02:20 PM   #13
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Well, I like cereal, you may want to think about getting with the times. After all, the losers who thought they would never have a use for a TV set back in the 50's sure as hell had finally get a clue and eventually bought one. Show me someone who never bought a TV or a microwave.
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Old 09-26-11, 02:37 PM   #14
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I do not have a land line. My cell is always with me. I do have rules though. I do not answer the phone whenever it rings. If I am with another person, or eating dinner, or riding my bike, the phone goes to voicemail.
Oh if only the rest of the world had your etiquette
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Well, I like cereal, you may want to think about getting with the times. After all, the losers who thought they would never have a use for a TV set back in the 50's sure as hell had finally get a clue and eventually bought one. Show me someone who never bought a TV or a microwave.
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I didn't own a tv in the 90's and most of the rest of that millennia, and didn't miss it. In fact I'd love to chuck the thing now to end the bickering over xbox/soap opera but no way I could get away with it.

I'm another tracfone guy. I think I'd prefer a text-enabled pager with smtp if such thing still existed.
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Old 09-26-11, 03:21 PM   #17
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I didn't have a cell phone until last Febuary when I snapped a chain seven miles from home in single digit temps. I walked the bike about 3 miles until I came to a store, then borrowed a phone from the clerk to call my wife.

After that my wife insisted I get a cell phone. I bought a TracFone that I can carry for emergencies and it only costs me $7 a month to maintain.

The funny thing is that with my wife's sleep schedule, she's in bed during my morning commute. She turns off all of the phones in the house before she goes to bed so they don't wake her up. So if I did have an emergency on my way to work, I couldn't call her anyway.

There are times when it's handy, but I survived 41 years without one. I could continue to survive without one if need be.
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We also don't have a landline, my wife and I each have a cell phone. It's nice to be somewhere boring and have a text chat with my wife, other than that it's pretty much used like a landline--I only use it from home (or where I'm staying if on a trip). With two toddlers, it's nice to have the extra security when on trips.

What I don't like are all these young kids out of college coming to work and being buried in their devices instead of paying attention to their job. I work at a pharmaceutical production facility--dumb mistakes cost at best thousands and at worst millions. We actually had to make new rules to deal with the stunods.
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Old 09-26-11, 03:42 PM   #19
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I have one. My first one was paid for by the company I worked for. I mostly used it to coordinate with people waiting on the ground when I would fly somewhere.

I have an AT&T Go Phone. Its kind of a silly rip. They say it's pay as you go, but if you don't use it it's really about 8 bucks a month, because if you don't keep paying $25 quarterly, you lose what you paid for. I think I've got over $100 in accumulated fees available.

You have to go with the times to some extent. As others have pointed out, there are very few pay phones anymore. I was at Texas A&M a few weeks ago. There were enclosures for 3 pay phones on one wall with attractive stainless steel grilles for sound absorbing. The phones were gone and some of us were speculating whether current students even knew what these were originally made for. Finally someone suggested that they should be converted to little shrines; maybe Elvis, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Einstein.

My real objection is that cell phones are uncomfortable to use. You've got this tiny little brick with no natural way that it should be held, and a tiny speaker and a nearly invisible microphone. It gives me no confidence that I am being heard. It's really a stupidly designed machine where a devotion to minaturization trumps good ergonomics.

Texting? Even with a mini keyboard, there is no way it is comfortable to text. Using two thumbs has to be slower than 8 fingers. Using a 12 button keypad, texting is something that should only be attempted in emergency situations. Having to wait for it to display the right character when you press a certain number and backing up if you miss is pretty trying.

I'm guessing that many cell phones will disappear. I think that data tablets with a head set will replace them. But I still pine for the traditional telephone handset with the big speaker and the big microphone.

But maybe I'm not alone. I found this while looking for a picture of the traditional handset. A bluetooth handset. There's hope. Put a small keypad and screen on the inside of the handle and I'm there.

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We don't have a land line, and the cell phone we have is rarely on or even charged. I do know where it is right now because I was moving things around in the kitchen and spotted it, but 9 times out of 10, I don't know where it is. It certainly isn't with me!

We bought the first microwave I've owned since 2004 just this past weekend ... unpacked it ... tested it with a cup of water. And so far it just sits there. We're now trying to think what we might use it for.

We bought the first TV I've owned since 2004 back early 2010. I go through stages in my life where I have a TV, and then a period of time where I don't. I didn't have one growing up, so it's not like I became conditioned to having one at an early age.

The most modern technology I've got for music are CDs and MP3 players.

Even my camera is a 5-year-old point & shoot. Although I am considering buying something better.
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I hate cell phones. It's like a tether.
I have to carry one for work.
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I hate cell phones. It's like a tether.
I have to carry one for work. :(
Mine isn't a tether, it's a way to leave early everyday and take every Friday off.
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I have a Tracfone also. I use it for occasional brief calls and text messages. Not for yakking. I don't always have it with me. I have a very basic land line phone, but I don't talk on that phone much either. It is useful for the $15/mo DSL internet that we have.
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