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I refuse to use a mobile
phone and I´m all the
happier for it

Daily Mail (UK), by John Naish

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/5/2013 10:59:43 AM

My technology obsessed friend Richard rang my landline this week to make final arrangements for his 49th birthday bash: ´Have you still not got a mobile phone yet?´ he asked, his voice dripping with disbelief. No, I explained patiently (once again), I´ve not got a mobile and it´s not a matter of ´still´ or ´yet´.(Snip) According to conventional wisdom, as a journalist I should be permanently plugged in to all the newest versions of every available communications gadget, sifting all the latest data like a good little information drone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: LouD, 2/5/2013 11:12:16 AM     (No. 9159667)

Good luck finding a phone booth when your car breaks down miles from nowhere. Or finding a phone to call 911 when you see a crime being committed. Or sending a message when you are lost somewhere in the woods, desert, mountains, etc. Or need someone to talk to when you are stuck in a traffic jam, wanting to let people know you will be late.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 2/5/2013 11:17:13 AM     (No. 9159683)

The writer is correct. But so is the original poster. Why in the world would you not want a mobile phone in case of an emergency? And the rates for pre-paid plans I believe are less than 10 bucks a month.

Solution? Just don´t give your friends your cell phone number.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/5/2013 11:18:16 AM     (No. 9159687)

Or carry it but don´t turn it on, except when you want to make a call...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bullhead, 2/5/2013 11:27:15 AM     (No. 9159717)

A recent ´The New Yorker" cartoon had a picture of a man in a business suit wearing one of those cone-shaped collars that veterinarians put on dogs to prevent the animal from licking a wound. The cartoon caption reads, ´It keeps me from checking my smart phone every two seconds.´

Wearing mittens would also discourage cellphone usage.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mitzi, 2/5/2013 11:28:29 AM     (No. 9159722)

It´s cheaper for me to use my cell phone for long distance than it is to use my landline.

Who carries enough change for a public phone when you need to call someone and you are away from home ... and how easy is it to find a public phone when you need one?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rubinski, 2/5/2013 11:44:03 AM     (No. 9159761)

Well, hopefully he is using a typewriter or a computer to type his pieces. Give him that at least.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jalo1951, 2/5/2013 11:57:13 AM     (No. 9159805)

I don´t like to talk on the phone. Cell or land. But I have a cell for emergencies and I have used it for that more than once. I seldom have it on but if I do it´s on mute. I do tend to text my son but that´s it. I followed a man around the grocery last night and he never stopped talking into his phone. Sometimes I wonder "What the hell are they talking about?"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/5/2013 12:35:12 PM     (No. 9159924)

Dude, there are NO MORE phone booths and businesses won´t let you use their phone. Good Luck next time you must make a call!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: rtwngprof, 2/5/2013 12:43:16 PM     (No. 9159945)

I don´t have, and will not have, a cell phone. I can´t remember the last time it created any difficulty for me. Yeah, pay phones have all but disappeared, but I don´t remember the last time I used one of them either. Why would I pay a couple hundred to a thousand dollars a year just to carry it around and NEVER use it?

My life is just fine without one, but more importantly, why do people feel the need to argue with me about it and try to convince me that I really need to have one?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dbdiva, 2/5/2013 2:32:58 PM     (No. 9160203)

I´m with #7; I hate talking on the phone but carry a cell for emergencies only. Only a handful of people have the number and I never turn it on unless I HAVE to use it.
I use it for my morning wakeup call; its ring is not as jolting to the old heart as my alarm clock´s is!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 2/5/2013 2:59:34 PM     (No. 9160252)

My husband and I only own one cell phone. It is the plainest model available.

It is rarely on, as we only use it when we are away from home, and then only to make calls for convenience, not to socialize.

If we are on a long trip, we do have the cell phone on in case of emergencies from home. Only our sons and DILs have our number. When businesses or doctors ask for our cell number, we just say we don´t have one.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 2/5/2013 7:59:48 PM     (No. 9160626)

I started using a cell when my late husband was stalking me. I´m GLAD I had it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Videodrone, 2/5/2013 9:41:23 PM     (No. 9160736)

enh,

welcome to the present

if you are a citizen of today you use the tools of today - it does not mean that you abandon the tools of yesterday

(think upper atmosphere EMP) and how long can you survive once the grid collapses?

I think I´m ready, time will tell..

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