Can you live without phone

China
November 6, 2008 9:57pm CST
Several days ago say in October my cellphone was broken, well I throw it to the wall, it just split to two parts. I do need to buy a new cell but don't want to buy in my country. So I asked one of my friend to buy me a iphone from American coz there is no iphone in Chinese market and the 3Giphone can not be used in China Mainland. But my friend won't come back untill middle of Novermber. I just keep waiting for my upcoming iphone. I didn't use cell phone in those days and it's really hard for me without cell phone. It's so unconvenient and I lost contact with all my friends.
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39 responses
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Of course I can. It would make my life a bit difficult but yes. I think Cell phone, like a lot of things, is a matter of convinience. Granted that it's more important to some people than others, there is always an exceptions. Now a days when a lot of people rather drive to a corner convinient store than walk 10 minutes, I can see why people "can't" live without their cell phones. I myself am guilty of this. My job also requires me to have a cell phone for communication purpose. I could always go out buy a laptop & carry it around with me for emails & internet, I could always ask my customers to borrow their phone, keep my eyes out for pay phones where ever I go, either keep a lot of change in my pocket or buy pre-paid phone cards so I can make calls from pay phones. Believe it or not, I've been doing that when I was in high school. Now you can't go to a mall without running into half dozen kids walking around talking into their cell phones.
• China
7 Nov 08
Hi sk66rc, thank you for your response. I just get curious have you ever met that circumstances that you have to run long way to find a pay phone or have you ever at least one time forgotten to take change?
@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
9 Nov 08
This was before my daughter was born so it must have been about 9 or 10 years ago. I had a flat tire on a highway & it was pouring rain. Of course you know the old "murphy's law", to this day I don't even understand why I did this but I stepped out of my car to see how bad it was & of course what happens? My cell phone drops out of my coat pocket right into a puddle of water. It wasn't until about a minute later when I stepped back into my car to get out of the rain & call a tow truck or something that I realized I couldn't find my cell phone. I happen to look out my window & there it was, literally floating in a puddle next to the car. I picked it up, try to use it but nothing. So I sat in my car for about 20 minutes & rain seemed to stop so I walk out & started to walk to the next exit. About half way there, it started raining again & it just kept getting heavier & heavier. By the time I got off the exit & got to the pay phone which took me about 40 minutes all together, I looked like I just took a shower in my clothe. By the way, I had to go into the store to buy a cup of coffee so I can make enough change to call the tow truck, ha ha ha.
@Erssyl (617)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
After learning how to use cellphone in 2004 Istopped using landline phones.Cellphones is very much convenient to use.It is much economical for me because I no longer pay fixed monthly bill.We pay landline phones whether we use it or not while cellphones loaded when necessary.It is hard for me too without cellphones now that my children live far from us I always want to be connected with them.
• China
9 Nov 08
Erssyl, Thank you. Since when I was in school and far from my parents, I need a cellphone for them to easily reach me, but for my parents, they only need a landline, most of the time,they just stay at home. Have a great day!
@ghazal2k5 (920)
• India
8 Nov 08
I don't think in todays world anyone can live without a cell phone. But i on the other hand can't live with it all the time. Sometimes its so irritating that if you dont want to talk to a person and he is calling you. You cant even make excuse that you were out to the market. Damn! Sometimes i have to switch it off just to eat my meals.
• China
9 Nov 08
Hi ghazal, yes, on many circumstances we have to switch it off, cann't imagine those people even let their cellphones on during the whole night. Happy mylotting...
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
If I have my internet.... I can live without a phone but I think that's a contradiction... Hehehehe... Really, a phone completes one's daily habit and routines. We need them for work, chat, emergencies... heck almost everything. Communication is important so a phone is a must.
• China
8 Nov 08
Internet to some extent can not play the role of cell phone I would say. Thank you ALucardchristian.
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
Personally, I can live without a phone but in this generation, phone has become part of our commodities or necessities. It is hard to communicate to your family members or friends from other places if you do not have a phone, though you can mail them but it will took some time as compared to a regular phone. :-)
• China
8 Nov 08
Hi braveheart, I like the movie braveheart.lol...I agree with you, more convenient. Thanks for your response
@nimnim74 (251)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
I always bring two cellphones everyday, I can't imagine a day if I forgot to bring it.
• China
8 Nov 08
wow, two cellphones, are both necessary? Why not hold one with two cards? Have a great day!
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Hi there @ dawnwalking! Nowadays, NO! I could never live without a cell phone. I need to have a cellphone so I can communicate with my family, friends and with my boyfriend who is working abroad. It is a necessity for me to have a cell phone, all my contacts are saved there. Happy Mylotting! Cheers!
• China
8 Nov 08
Hi jesbellaine, since your boyfriend is working abroad, how much phone fare will you spend per month I would like to know? Best wishes!
7 Nov 08
Ahh, I used to have a mobile phone, until one of my family members broke it. I got it for a birthday present and was very happy with it, being an up to date phone, I kept in touch with all of my close and distant friends, and called people when I needed. But one day it went missing, and after a couple of weeks I found it in the back garden, water damaged, so I guess they must have left it there. ;l Now I've learned to go without a mobile, until I get as new one, using payphones is annoying though... :l
• China
8 Nov 08
Yes, sometimes it's really annoying just when you are enjoying your time and your boss askes you go back to work or to check the email or kind of troubling. Regardless that, cellphone is neccesary in this society with high speed communication.
• Malaysia
7 Nov 08
I'm sorry you lost your cell phone!! It's a tragic thing to happen to anyone.. I have lost my cellphones so many times and I know how you feel. Sure I don't really use my cellphone, neither do I really like my cellphone, but not having my cellphone with me makes me feel naked.. Even when I forget to bring my phone out at times, I really don't feel comfortable.. and I really do feel as though I'm naked.. It's really funny that I feel that way because I don't really use my phone.. I don't really make calls, neither do I really like picking up calls or texting people. I already work in a call centre, I pick calls up for a living.. So you would be able to understand why at times, I'm just not really into my cellphone. The funny thing is really that I cannot live without it because I guess I'm too used to it. I have had a cellphone since I'm 15.. So that's like 10 years now.. It's something that you have all the time, that sometimes you may use it, sometimes you may not, but still in a way.. I think it became a need into our society now.. Somehow, it became a basic need, like the air that we breathe, and the water and food we consume.. Which now makes me realise, that I would like to do an experiment where I'll not take my phone and not bother about it.. and we'll see how long I last.. Thanks for bringing up an interesting topic today.. :) Have a great day! Take care!
• China
9 Nov 08
Hi quarvalsharess, thanks for your commenting. Do that experiment, let's see how long you will last, do share with us your results. Have a great day!
@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Well in this big and modern world today,we really need to have a fast communication to have fast progression and phone is really important especially for me because I am having a long distance relationship.with the phone,we can able to talk to our love ones from every edge of the ocean just for a min not like in past that we need still to write letters and wait for a long time response.Indeed phone is really important now a days and I can't live without it..:-0 god bless and have a nice day..:-0
• China
9 Nov 08
hahaha, that's true,insulin, everything becomes faster than before, even the process of marriage from getting to know each other..thanks for sharing...
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
7 Nov 08
My mother lives 1300 miles away. We talk daily. She is one of my best friends. I don't think we'd have the same relationship if I didn't have a phone. I am sorry your phone got broken. Hopefully time will fly and then you will have your phone. You are almost there.
• China
8 Nov 08
Hi ersmommy, thanks for your concern. I am very glad to hear that you and your mother are a pair of best friends. Seldom people can build that relationship with their mothers. It just makes easier for you to speak out or texting love to your intimates, especially for those people they are to shy to say that.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Cell phones are how people stay connected to the world. Without a cell phone you can almost literally be lost. Many people don't even have landline phones anymore so if something happens to your cell phone you can be without a phone period. If you didn't have a computer to communicate with it would be like your were back in the 1800s and would have to travel to see whoever you wanted to talk to.
• China
8 Nov 08
Yeah,if calling instead of visiting, for better or worse, it saves a lot of time. Thank you for sharing, jaymoney
@trixyteddy (1072)
• India
7 Nov 08
I guess I can. On and off, my sons keep borrowing mine. The borrowing lasts for months together, that I forget that I have a cellphone. So its okay with me.
• China
8 Nov 08
Wow, your phone becames to your son's. lol...Thank you trixyteddy...
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Well I really need my cell phone for more reasons then one having a cell phone for me is not just a luxury but a necessity because I use my cell phone for safety purposes as well as other reasons, because in these times we live in its really dangerous and its good to have convenient a access to 911 no matter where I am and of course for business purpose as well.
• China
8 Nov 08
Hi apples, yes, especially when you are looking for a new job and you won't absolutely miss the employee's call.
@Gorzata (185)
• Poland
7 Nov 08
yes, i still manage to survive without the cell:) even when i'll purchase myself one (when the situation will really force me), it won't become another nor the basic cell of my body;)
• China
8 Nov 08
Yes, that's only harder or easier. Thanks.
• Malaysia
7 Nov 08
i dont think so. this is just whether how long we need time to adapt into it. Handphone is important but it is not a must in our life. If lost contact, just find it back one by one. we still can live as normal
• China
8 Nov 08
Hi dominichan, Thanks for commenting. Yes, that's only the question of time. Even it's harder to get used to no phone life when others have. Happy mylotting...
7 Nov 08
im sure that if i was used to not having a phone, i wouldnt mind. but since it's like the only way i can communicate with friends i dont see all of the time, i would have to day that i am totally relient on it. i send at least 10 texts a day, and it makes me feel secure knowing that i can contact anyone at any time i need to.
• China
8 Nov 08
wow, 10texts, well, I used to send a about 350 in a whole day and night, lol.. to my boyfriend, even got thumb problem. Now since I graduated and get my job, I seldom text my friends,it's just more easier to dial the No. and call directly. Thanks for responding.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
7 Nov 08
Certainly, I can live without phone, the things without which I can't live are, food, water, and air...... but, I cannot do my business without my phone.... if there is no phone, I cannot do my business, if I cannot do my business, I cannot earn money, If I cannot earn money, I cannot buy food to eat and water to drink, Without food and water, I cannot live... so, without phone I cannot live.....
• China
7 Nov 08
Wow, that's really logical chain you created. So we got your point, can Not live without cell phone. Lol..thanks for sharing and best wishes.
• United States
7 Nov 08
we lived without a phone for some time last year , but i had cable dsl so it was not to bad. I could still email everyone and when I got the extra money i got signed up for vonage. But we did go for about 5-6 months without a phone.
• China
7 Nov 08
Hi sweetpeasmom, thank you for responding. Anyway, at least we need one way of contacting outside, especialy those be loved. You cable adl just played the role of cell phone which makes our life much easier. Happy mylotting!
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
i don't think i can live without my favorite gadget..i had my first mobile phone when i was in 6th grade and up to now i am using it to communicate with family and some close friends.. i've tried not using it for a day and the feeling was different.. i felt restless and incomplete without my mobile phone by my side.. i guess i just can't stand a day without talking with my loved ones..
• China
7 Nov 08
Hi gracie, your feeling is something like cell phone sickness, didn't remember the exact name. For those people getting used to cell phone, once they don't keep mobile by side, they just feel lost something, exact the same feeling like you. Thank you!