At least Radio is still Free

United States
June 21, 2008 12:08am CST
I was just thinking about the gas prices, and someone started a discussion about the horrible way we may be charged for internet in the near future. I was wondering what I would possibly do when I can't afford to drive or use the internet. Then I looked at my avatar...the girl on the swing. And I remembered that is ALL I did when I was a little girl...and even a teenager. I would swing and listen to the radio. It was all free! Then I got to thinking that it is kind of surprising with all the greed in the world today that Radio is actually still free. I know the advertisers pay for it, but there is also advertising on the internet and cable tv and we still pay monthly fees for those things. Sometimes when I'm behind on my bills and I'm worried about them coming to shut off the phone or the water or something, and I go out to see if the mail came and the box is empty and I get this panic feeling like I forgot to pay the mail bill! Lol! Imagine if we had to pay a mailman bill. I know we pay for stamps, but I keep thinking they'll start charging for the mailman to deliver our mail someday. Well, I'm going to bed. I just wanted to share those thoughts that were rolling around in my mind so I don't dream about them! Lol. Feel free to share whatever you are thinking on this subject.
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@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
21 Jun 08
Your post really got me to thinking about what is free and what might not be free for so long. Anything is possible and who knows when lots of the freebies won't be free anymore. As you mentioned, we do pay for TV, or most of us subscribe to Cable or Satellite to get more channels. WE subscribe to satellite because,if we didn't, we'd only get 2 local channels. Radio is free just like the Internet. But, they could do the same thing that people are saying about the Internet - start charging for stations just like our Cable or Satellite TV charges. There aren't too many things that are free anymore. We can still walk for free.Talking on the phone isn't free, although they say you can have free long distance now. I found I pay $12 to have FREE LD. Free in this case only means you can talk as long as you want with no more charges beyond the $12 we pay. The gas prices have rocketed sky high and they say they are going higher because government isn't allowing the oil companies to drill. Right now,we are able to afford to drive, but one day, the price of gas may keep us home. I have notice the highways aren't as crowed during the day as they once were. And paying the mailman may sound crazy right now. But we never thought we'd be paying to watch TV, either. Look how it has escalated. And watch for the radio to advance to charging.
• United States
21 Jun 08
I called my phone company before to try and change my plan to get rid of some features and make the price lower. Right now I have unlimited long distance, caller ID, and my internet is also through them. I said I wanted it to be the same kind of plan I had when I first got my phone and it just worked when I picked it up and it cost like $20. Nothing else was attached to it. They had no idea what I meant. They told me if I get rid of the unlimited LD, then the cost of my internet would go up. No matter what I would get rid of, it made something else cost more. It was like you may as well pay for the entire package or you'll end up paying MORE for having LESS! I almost want to get it all disconnected and start over and pretend I just moved here and say "Hello I'd like phone service please. Just the basic." But I can't. I'd have to change my phone number and I have business cards out there with my number on them. I think around and around about these things and it always comes back to I need to keep it the way it is. *sigh*
@Barb42 (4217)
• United States
22 Jun 08
I know exactly what you mean! It would be nice to go back to the days of cheap prices and no bells and whistles on the phone. In those days, you paid for only the LD time you used. You didn't have call waiting (which lots of people hate because we have it AND use it). You could not leave messages if the person wasn't home. They just didn't answer the phone. Now that we have all these things, we are paying dearly. And, you are right. Trying to get rid of some of those things is like pulling teeth. When we decided to get DSL through the phone company, they told us, if we kept out present plan (with all the amenities), it would cost us less. But, if we chose to go another route, then the DSL charges would be more. Here I'm thinking we have everything with the prices we are paying only to find out other day, when I tried to block a phone number, that we no longer have the ability to use *60 anymore! I was ticked, to say the least! After reading on the phone companies site, I may still have it, but it's just has to be activated. But I'm not really sure.There is two numbers that keep calling us that I would like to block and I may try the suggestions given on the site to see if I actually can block a number without having to pay for the Call Block service.
• India
21 Jun 08
yes like air, water , light ,the radio is still free. Do you know, crystal set, what in our childhood, we heard of, does not require even electricity ( I mean battery). You need only to have a head set, with the crystal set , one could listen the local radio station. Though it may sound now pre-historic!
• United States
21 Jun 08
I never heard of a crystal set. What is it?
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
21 Jun 08
I agree with you momalisa, The only thing we have to worry is every time we plug the radio and it will also use electricity..LOL!but, at least the news and services we heard are totally free! Anyway, if we will concentrate all these prices, I'll be adding more wrinkles!LOL!
• United States
21 Jun 08
Yea! Then we would have to buy wrinkle cream too!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
21 Jun 08
you are so right! I do the same thing...I go into panic mode at the thought of maybe losing this computer or the phone but ya know...i'd be ok. I have lived without a phone and cable. I barely watch tv anyway. I am 52 and have only had internet for 10 years and i'll be ok. Heck, I lived in a tent for 4 months with 3 small children and a jerk of a husband....I will survive. I worry at times but I know I shouldn't. It is all about priorities. If I think too much about the cost of things and where the world seems to be heading, I do start to panic and then I kick back and think about it. When I was at my poorest point, that was when creativity set it. I did listen to the radio constantly and I read books and paid attention to my children and went for walks in the woods. They are grown now and will tell me that they never felt that we were poor.
• United States
21 Jun 08
Oh yes, you are right. There was a time I rented an old broken down trailer (pretty similar to a tent! Lol) We didn't have cable, a washer or dryer, and other things but we always found ways to have fun. My boys were younger then and we would play hide and seek in the dark. That was the most fun we ever had! We'd hear someone run into the wall and we would burst out laughing!...But they still couldn't find us! Lol!
@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
22 Jun 08
well, you are so right... with all the prices increasing, it is getting harder to make ends meet nowadays... and thankfully, radio is still free... well, i hope God will always bless me and my hubby so that we will still have jobs to keep us alive... i really hope that the government will do something about the situations especially to help those poor people... take care and have a nice day...
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
22 Jun 08
I completely agree with you. There are still things free in the world, and nobody knows for how much longer. People took things for granted before and now we are more cautious about how and when we do things. Maybe we are still taking advantange of certian things. Hopefully things in the world get better soon.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
21 Jun 08
History has proven that everything mankind has come up with for themselves a government will one day find a way or a reason to tax. Many of the taxes people all over the world pay are ridiculous and the governments still insist on payment. It gets worse when you live in a country where you don't get the service they promise. Trinidad is a country like that. Broken promises are the waving flags of the government here. Ask anybody. By the way, a point to remember is that the American Revolution was started by King George and his ridiculous taxes.
@joyouskay (113)
21 Jun 08
I love listening to the radio- and not really music, but talk radio. I just find it fascinating to hear all these callers call in with such varied opinions.
@arrow91 (48)
• Canada
21 Jun 08
This weekend's evenings, there's a Special Investigation Unit on CNN on "Out of Gas" I've seen a tiny little part of it, and it seems like greed is becoming a problem and will eventually be self-defeating to us. An expert predicted that next year, we'll be have wars within the nation over oil and energy. Hopefully, our course changes before it gets there.