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Can you live without a cell phone?

  1. Yes, I carry a cellphone.

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  2. No, I don't carry a cellphone.

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  1. Jul 30, 2008 #1
    I have a few friends who live without one and I can't understand how they do it. What do you all think?
     
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  3. Jul 30, 2008 #2

    brewnog

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    I carry one. But I think I'd probably remain alive if I stopped carrying one, for whatever reason.
     
  4. Jul 30, 2008 #3

    lisab

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    I have a teenage daughter - don't know how we would ever talk to each other if we didn't have cell phones :rolleyes: .
     
  5. Jul 30, 2008 #4

    Evo

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    I have a cellphone because it's free, but before that I went years without one. They are nice to carry with you in case of an emergency. Aside from that I rarely use mine.

    I have friends that don't have one, these are the same people that don't have tv's either, come to think of it.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2008 #5
    I have a cell phone but I never touch it. My parents gave it to me.

    I always have my laptop with me :) and I cannot live without it!
     
  7. Jul 30, 2008 #6

    CRGreathouse

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    I have a cell phone to the exclusion of a land line. I don't use it that much, though.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2008 #7

    tmc

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    No cellphone. My pockets are full enough as it is.

    I use payphones when I really need to reach someone.
     
  9. Jul 30, 2008 #8

    Borek

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    I have one and I enjoy it - in many situations it makes live much easier. But if I forget to take it with me when leaving home, that's not a big deal, I can live without it.
     
  10. Jul 30, 2008 #9

    BobG

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    I have a cell phone. If I didn't have my own, my job would give me one since I'm on call for emergencies once in a while. Without at least a pager, I'd have to stay home by the phone when I'm on call. Considering I've actually been called in 3 times in 6 years, staying home awaiting an emergency would suck.
     
  11. Jul 30, 2008 #10

    George Jones

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    I don't have a cellphone, my wife doesn't have a cellphone, and our daughter has yet to pester us for one.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2008 #11

    Kurdt

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    I have one but I've never used it since I got it. So now it resides in its box in my drawer.
     
  13. Jul 30, 2008 #12

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    I didn't used to carry a cell phone, but as I got more involved in ERT/EMT activities (emergency response teams & medical), it became clear to me that it was a very necessary tool. If I weren't involved in those types of activities, I'm not sure I would carry one...
     
  14. Jul 30, 2008 #13

    Monique

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    I have one, I take pride in that it is already 5 years old :tongue: (some people get a new one every 6 mo.). The keys have worn away, so I probably need to replace it some day. Who wouldn't want to be able to get in touch with someone when you need to?
     
  15. Jul 30, 2008 #14
    My mother "offered" one to me so she can call me. But nobody will force a TV in my home. Otherwise, I'm out :smile:
     
  16. Jul 30, 2008 #15
    I carry a cell phone, but could easily do without. My daughter, on the other hand, would DIE if she lost hers.
     
  17. Jul 30, 2008 #16
    wow, my mom also did the same thing - but I hardly ever take it with me :approve:.
     
  18. Jul 30, 2008 #17
    And then you see parents claiming their kinds can't get off their phones... The question is thus "with whom are they talking !?"
     
  19. Jul 30, 2008 #18

    Janus

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    Have one, but seldom use it, and never to "just talk".
     
  20. Jul 30, 2008 #19

    Monique

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    When I'm in the lab in the weekends I always carry my cellphone on me, I don't feel safe without it since most of the building (especially the campus) is deserted. It is also very handy to let your significant other know you will be home soon and that dinner can be served :smile: It's for these kind of messages that it is useful. Oh, and it is also a perfect alarm clock :biggrin:
     
  21. Jul 30, 2008 #20

    wolram

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    I have had 2 and lost both of them, i never used them any way and since they were pay as you go i have not even bothered looking for them, they are probably with my boots some where.
     
  22. Jul 30, 2008 #21

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    I have a prepaid cell for emergencies (like a broken water-pump 20-30 miles back in the woods at a remote pond), but never use it. After the idler pulley on my power-steering belt seized up 20 miles back in the woods on a discontinued logging road, my wife insisted that I get one.
     
  23. Jul 30, 2008 #22
    I'm 20 and yet to own one (well I had one for a month while I was living in NY, but more as a means of not having to get into a phone plan [I used Virgin]). I do just fine. All of my friends and their grandmother have one so if I need one I just use theirs.

    I'm gonna get one this year though once I start school. Now facebook. Naw, I couldn't live without facebook.
     
  24. Jul 30, 2008 #23

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    I have one, but could live without it. Mostly, I use it to get reminders of meetings. I also use it as an alarm clock, which is what makes it useful for meeting reminders...if I forget an early meeting and don't set the alarm early enough, I get the SMS reminder in just enough time to throw clothes on and get to work. I use it as an alarm clock because I can change the ringtones and set multiple alarms, so I don't get used to it and sleep through it like I do most alarm clocks.

    On the rare occasion I want to make a personal call while at work, it's handy, also handy when I'm at the farm and not near a phone.

    But if I didn't have the phone, I'd find ways to handle all of the above without it. Most of the time, I don't even carry it with me, it just sits in my purse in my office.
     
  25. Jul 30, 2008 #24
    I am counting the days until my contract runs out. The early-termination fee for my carrier is something like $175, which is insane.

    Good by contract and hello pre-paid!
     
  26. Jul 30, 2008 #25

    Evo

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    Contract rates are much cheaper than pre-paid, unless you never use it. But the pre-paid minutes expire if you don't use them and you risk needing to make a call only to find that the phone is dead because your minutes expired.
     
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