i don't have a cell phone

@p1kef1sh (45640)
October 20, 2008 4:46pm CST
that works! I have only ever had one cell phone in my life and it was on a pay as you go basis. When it ran out of credit I ran out of phone too. I never found it very useful really unless I was stuck in traffic. I don't really miss it either. I do have one built into my car but my daughter took the sim card out of that and lost it! I survive quite well without and don't really see what the fuss is all about. We got by quite happily without them prior to about 1990. I accept that I am unusual, but am I alone. Does anyone else get by without a cell phone?
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• Canada
20 Oct 08
It's not unusual... Some people think its cool to have a cell phone, like its a social status or something, but anyone can get a cell phone so that's completely pointless ;) Anyways I do have a cell phone but I think I could manage without it, I only got it to get urgent messages from my parents/relatives Some people probably couldn't get by though...shame on them :D Anyways HappyMylotting ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
I'm a bit beyond social status stuff these days. Apart from my Apple computer! But no iPhone. Some people seem welded to their cell phones though.
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• United States
20 Oct 08
I agree somewhat. With the younger people it's like a social status thing, but not ANYBODY can get the "cool" toys. Anyone can get a prepaid or a Cricket, but those aren't cool! You have to have a fancy $300 phone with all the frills and a crazy expensive plan to be cool. LOL! Not everyone can get that. And nevermind the insane deposit if you don't have pristine credit! So I suppose your cell phone and accompanying plan does say something about your social standing, as stupid as that is. I like being a nobody, even though I'm not. LOL!!!
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@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I have only ever owned one cell phone also. It is also a pay as you go phone. I use mine for emegencies only. I use it to text my husband also when he is away from home. I hate talking on the phone.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
That's kind of what I used mine for Steoh. But when it stopped working I figured that I'd have to find some other way.
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@manodogs (415)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I had a prepaid cellphone for emergencies, but I got sick of it quickly! They somehow got my home phone number (I may have activated it from here, don't remember) and started calling me to "remind" me to buy more minutes. They would send me text messages and call me for the same reason on the phone itself - AND CHARGE ME FOR IT! Not to mention you had a time limit! I lost like 10 minutes one month because I didn't need to use them. At @$0.25-.50/minute, that was a few bucks I could have used! I am an Internet guy. If you really need me and can't get me by landline, you can IM, e-mail, leave a comment on any of about two dozen social networks or one of my blogs, or visit the site! If you still can't get in touch with me, I don't want to talk to you! :cD
• United States
20 Oct 08
We don't have a cell phone either and I also don't miss it. We did have one about a year ago for a couple years and we did not have a landline. It got to be expensive though and we decided to pare down to having a landline and no cells. Really the only time I think it'd be COMFORTING to have it is when I'm running the kids around and the van's not running as well as I'd like! LOL! But I agree with you...we got along fine 20 yrs ago without them so what's the big deal? I'm sure you know the dumbfounded looks we get when someone hears you don't have a cell! LOL! Honestly, if I didn't need the internet for my work (I work at home) then I wouldn't have that either! :)
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
Now I am an internet addict so I would struggle without it and I do use Skype and the various messengers. But I have no wish for a cell phone although I accept that they can be useful at times. I used to have one for work but it meant that I could never get away from people!
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• United States
20 Oct 08
Yeah, in my work I'm sort of "on call" so I have to be available for work. That means I don't get to escape or avoid anyone online. LOL!!
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• Canada
20 Oct 08
I can get by without a cellphone if I need to, but with my husband out of town right now, I feel that it is a good idea to have one. When he is back home I will probabuy turn the damn thing off, and just leave it at home on my computer desk. I only use it to stay in touch with him.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
As an emergency device I can see some point. But I cannot se the fascination with them. I see discussions on here "What do you think about the Nokia 123456Z" . I think nothing, I don't care about it. Still it keeps them out of mischief!
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@myklj999 (13875)
• Olney, Illinois
20 Oct 08
I had a cell phone for awhile; it was the only way to call people while I was in jail. I still have one, but I haven't renewed any credit to it in about 8 months. The only people that ever called where people I really didn't want to talk to anyway, and they always seemed to call at the time when I was busy, like at work or trying to sleep. I'm not real fond of phones; there's a payphone about a block from me if I really need to use one.
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• United States
20 Oct 08
WOW! They let you have a cell phone in jail??? That's one I've never heard. :)
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
I didn't realise that you could have cell phones in jail. I'm not sure that you can here as they would become currency. I can live without. My daughter can't, although had to across the summer as she lost hers and I wouldn't buy her a new one.
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@myklj999 (13875)
• Olney, Illinois
20 Oct 08
No; I had a phone in my cell; a cell phone.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct 08
Lol P1ke certainly no luck with them have you I do have one and I have to be honest I feel safer with it, like on long Drives or when I am out with Gissi as I have the Phone and I feel safe, my wonderful Man and my 2 Children mainly ring me on it but that is all but I need to be honest with you though I would be lost with out now specially because of having contact no matter where I am It was my Mobile that kept me calm in Hospital (I am scared of Hospitals) because I had contact with the outside world and that helped me a lot xx
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
I see the security and convenience aspects Gabs. But it has become something that we have been told that we need. I'm not saying that people shouldn't have them, just that I don't want one especially. However, there have been times in traffic jams when I might have used one usefully!
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20 Oct 08
a lady where i used to work used to have a 45 minute drive home and she used to ring all her friends and catch up on stuff in the car so that when she got home she and her partner could relax have tea and not be mithered lol
20 Oct 08
ahhh caught the botton lol gabs i can completely understand that i hate hospitals especially when they make you wait being ablt to just reach out to someone at that point where i'm psyching myself out really helps (if they answer that is lol)
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I have one but the only time I use it is when the girls are away from the house or I am away and they are at home. Could I survive without it? You betcha! But, the girls like to keep track of me so I guess I am stuck with it Thankfully it is a pay as you go type and I spend less than 20 bucks a month for it. I don't know why people pay so much every month for one of these things. If they want to talk that much they'd should probably stay home and use a real telephone
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
I thk that we must be at that stage of our lives where such things are beyond us and we are happy that way. My daughter has one and I suppose that I am happy that she has really. But I feel no burning need to have one too. Although she does go on about me getting one.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I don't even care that much for the phone in the house. I just keep it because of my grown up kids that check in on me from time to time, like fathers Day and my birthday The cell phone is okay because my wife and daughter are both stalkers, and they want to know where I am and what I am doing all the time. Nosy females!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
It's a gender characteristic in the main. Of course we males suffer no such compulsion to nose!!!
@wallney (44)
• China
21 Oct 08
it's ok without cell phone.sotimes i shutdown the cell phone,but things goes ok.cell phone only used when i am out.by the way,my parents never have cell phone,but they never feel alone or different from others.p1kef1sh
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• China
21 Oct 08
this mouth, i buy a cell phone for my mother.i think that mobile phone can conveniently communicate each other.surely,i agree they will never feel alone without cell phone .
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
Maybe they want to feel alone sometimes! They have their uses. But I am not that enthusiastic about them. Thanks for responding.
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• Philippines
22 Oct 08
This is cool. I do have a cellphone and my work needs it. However, there are times that I just cut the phone communication by turning it off and remain "hidden." I do this when I need a break. It keeps my balance.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
26 Oct 08
TheManager24 I had one for work and I hated it. If I turned it off I used to get calls saying "Why was your phone turned off?" I was pleased when I gave it back! P1ke
@gemini_rose (16193)
22 Oct 08
I have a mobile phone, but it is rarely used. With mine, I put £10 on a month and I get 300 free text messages (which is all I use my phone for, texting). Hubby and I used to text all day long when he was at work, but then he moved job and so could not text no more, then he stopped his contract phone and so has to put money on his phone now,so we figured that we would save money by not texting. He comes home for lunch anyway. So I still have about £20 on my phone that has been on there for months, and as I only text my mum a few times there is no point in it really. I never take it anywhere with me as it does not go off!
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I absolutely get by without one..in fact I've NEVER owned a cell phone...I have quarters when I'm out and about (and a phone card actually for when I'm away) and I have a landline in the house so what would I need a cell for ya know...
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
22 Oct 08
That's great to hear Ravenladyj, I see the uses, but not the necessity. How's life?
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@bdugas (3581)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I never had one until a couple years ago, I got mine to have in the truck in case of a brake down on the road. I can call for help, as I have road side assistance, but it about worthless if you don't have a cell to call them, I don't think it is really to safe on the road anymore if you break down you never know who is stopping. I don't use mine that much, sometimes if I am in a store and need to call home or call my daughter to let her know I found something she has been looking for. I laugh when I go to Wal Mart and see the women, as soon as they get out of the car, they have to call someone while walking in and as soon as they come out they got to call someone again. How did they ever go to wal mart before with out the cell, what is so important that they have to talk to someone that bad. My daughter and both her daughters have one, she keeps track of them when they are out. I think that is a good thing. Mine is $51. a month and I can call anywhere at any time no minutes to count. I could probably live with out mine but I have gotten used to it now.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
Funnily enough a supermarket might be a good place for me to have one. Picture the scene. The Boss and I go in together. I am a nuisance when shopping apparently so I am sent to "play" with the boys toys. TVs etc. "Come and find me in about 20 minutes" she calls. Can I find her? I trudge up and down looking increasingly desperate thinking "has she left me. Run off with the chap from fresh fish. Are his prawns plumper than mine etc". Now, if we both had cell phones, or better still, a male partners nursery where I could go and be collected from that would be perfect! LOL. Otherwise, I can't think why I need one.
@paid2write (5202)
21 Oct 08
I have never ever used one and I have never had any interest in owning one. I can't even see what's on the screen of my digital camera and if I had a mobile phone I would need to find my reading glasses and put them on each time before I could use it. It would not be convenient for me. I do have a dongle, which is a small USB device for connecting my laptop to the internet. It uses a sim card and I have a monthly contract with T-Mobile. It was complicated enough registering for that and getting accepted with credit checks and proof of id before I was allowed to have one!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
I don't have a use for them either. I do see that they might be helpful occasionally, but it seems to me that folk are unable to pass a day without clamping one of these things to their ears, or more usually their fingers, and "keeping in touch". I find the Post Office letter system terribly useful for that. I do make calls of course, and receive them, at home. But out and about I am quite happy not to have all that electronic stuff cluttering up my life. Now the internet is quite a different kettle of fish!
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@mouse7i7 (39)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Sorry I would die without my phone because I use a cell instead of a land line. It is much more convenient and cheaper.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
You would DIE!! Wow, is it connected to your life support system? LOL. Happy phoning, remember to breathe occasionally.
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@ray0214 (16)
• China
21 Oct 08
oh, it is a incredible thing, if you has not a cell phone in morden world. it is not doubtful,mobile phone have brought us huge convenience in life. But it brought a lot of problems.for example, in sunday you could recieve your boss`s phone, then you must abandon your vocation for job.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
Very true and it has happened to me many times when I had a mobile for work. Welcome to myLot by the way.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Hey pikey! I have one also that is on a prepaid basis. I only use it in the case of an emergency or if I am meeting someone and they need to get in touch with me or I need to get in touch with them while on the way. I hardly ever even have it turned on except when I am out and meeting someone. I don't even know how to retrieve messages on it because I don't care to. I only put money on it when I need to and that is only to keep it on. I have had the same phone for about 4 years. It does nothing except work as a phone. It does none of those tricks like the new phones do. It does not look cute, have internet, flip, take photos, play games, or text! It is just an emergency phone and I an not interested in using it for anything else! It I need to talk to someone they can call me on my landline when I get home!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
That sounds like a sensible approach to the cell phone Opal. The bottom line is that they don't interest me, unlike computers for example, so I take little interest. Plus, I enjoy not being contactable at times. I used to have one for work and the darn thing never stopped ringing!
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@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Oct 08
hi pikefish You are not alone at all, I hate the darned things. I was walking across the parking lot of our favorite shopping center watching for cars, when out of nowhere comes this ditzy dame talking on a cellphone,not watching where she was going, and nearly ran over me. If I had not have jumped out of her way I would probably have had a broken leg or two. I know they are good in an emergency but I have a landline phone and I do just great. I also hate it when I am walking along and somebody behind says loudly well just stop for a minute, I need to talk to you, so I whirl around and say, Why are you yelling at me, and damn its a guy yelling on his cell phone, now he gets an attitude and says to the other person, theres some old dame here yapping at me, Right then I wanted to swing my handbag and knock the blasted cellphone down his throat. Some old dame, okay how was I to know he was on the stupid cell phone. I get along just fine without one. There must be a few of us who can survive without them.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
20 Oct 08
It's illegal to use a cell phone whilst driving a car in the UK (you can't eat food either appaently) but it doesn't stop halfwits from doing so Hatley. It makes me mad.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
21 Oct 08
I have one for "winter driving" because i drive 40 minutes into work everyday and the roads here in the winter can be pretty bad. I have it just in case i hit the ditch that way i'm not hiking for miles in the cold and snow looking for help. Other than those occasions or occasionally texting my sister or cousin (we used this alot between cars on our houseboating trip "where are you guys?" "we have to pee so we're stopping") I rarely even look at it the rest of the time.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
That's a sensible precaution. It's easy to die out there in winter so being able to contact someone is essential. I think that I'd have one living where you do.
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
22 Oct 08
We've considered getting my husband a cell for that reason...we live right on the edge of a snow belt and he has to drive an hour each way right through it so we thought of getting him one for winter driving and I could use it when either I or the kids and I go away out of State etc...
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
when travelling it makes sense to have one...otherwise i just dont use it
@Humbug25 (12551)
21 Oct 08
Hi ya p1kef1sh I think that mobiles are handy but not a neccesity! I do like to have mine when I am travelling in case the car breaks down and I always carry it in my front pocket becasue that is the only number some people have got for me. Also if any of the kids schools need to get hold of me in an emergency they can as my phone is always on me apart from when it is charging, I haven't figured out how to do that yet without plugging it into the wall!!!! I dare say I would survive without one if I had to.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
I can see that it can be useful in an emergency etc. But I seem to manage fine without one Humbug. I think that you can charge them in your car. I know that my old work one did.
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@Humbug25 (12551)
21 Oct 08
So what would you do if you broke down in your car? I guess you would get out and walk to the nearest call box but I can't do that with 3 kids in toe!! If I didn't have my mobile, I would always travel in the daylight for the fear I would breakdown. Well not me breakdown, the car!!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
21 Oct 08
That's what I used to do Humbug. I remember losing my brakes driving down a steep hill in the Lakes once. Apart from requiring clean underwear, I found at the bottom of the hill a phone box. My big concern now is that they are going as more and more people have mobiles. I can't say that I won't have one again in the future. But I don't have a pressing need for one. Millions of parents over the centuries have got by without. We did. But times change etc..... LOL.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
16 Nov 08
I got my first cell phone just a few months back after I started working. When I was home, I didn't have a cell phone. But now I needed one because it worked out cheaper than using the landline to make phone calls. I don't use it often and it's only when I need to get in touch with someone at work and pass information that I use it. I also have it because my son's school sends out messages as SMSs and my husband is usually travelling when he gets the messages and can't contact me. So, I'd rather get them to send messages to me. But I did get by very well without a cell phone till August 2008.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
16 Nov 08
Any school that sent out messages by SMS here would receive short shrift I think .My daughter's old school used to send e mails, but only if we had agreed to receive them instead of letters beforehand. You've done well. Do you now regard your cell phone as indispensable though?
@SViswan (12072)
• India
22 Nov 08
The school sends out a written not or circular AND an SMS (especially when it is something that isn't pre-planned like the school bus being a little late). I don't think it's indispensable. In fact, I forget to take it when I am out. The only time I remember is when I go to work...it's become a habit to hang it around my neck. The moment I reach school, the cell phone comes off and my ID card takes its place. After the kids leave, it is reversed. Most of the time I do not realize it hanging around my neck till I really need it.