Living without a cell phone?

United States
October 23, 2015 10:32pm CST
I have always been pretty cheap about my cell phone. We do not have a house phone so it was my only form of a phone. I have a Nokia lumia gophone through AT&T and it cost me $45 a month for unlimited talk a text. Recently I have tightened up the belt on saving and scrimping as we prepare for our move back to Alaska and my phone just doesn't seem necessary. We have Internet and I have an old iPhone a friend gave me that I use as an iPod. I have Skype on there and texting apps that allow me to text regular phones through wifi, so I decided not to keep paying on my phone monthly. I have it set up now that I pay only on the days I use it. So far I have not used it in almost three weeks and therefore it has cost me absolutely nothing..l it's kind of nice. Other people complain but if they want to reach me they have alternative ways to do it. So do you live without a phone?
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@srisahara (4099)
• Indonesia
24 Oct 15
I think it is so difficult live without a phone. A phone is the important electronic rather than other one.
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• United States
24 Oct 15
I used to think that but honestly, what did we do before cell phones? People called before they left the house or when they got somewhere. Cell phones weren't around. And now, with the Internet easily accessible,we can text for free, make video and audio calls, etc.
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@srisahara (4099)
• Indonesia
24 Oct 15
@Samanthavv Every era has a way to survive, and people have a way to remain on earth. Phone into goods that are not only important but must be with us. Now, we find it difficult to live without phone when our ancestors never imagined the goods when they were alive. Age really different.
• United States
24 Oct 15
@srisahara it is super different now, but honestly I don't feel like it is truly a necessity, even in this day and age. Especially when there are other options.
@youless (84744)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Oct 15
I can't live without a cellphone. In fact today I seldom really make a call by my cellphone. As you said, the internet can do everything. We can pay and text free of charge via the net. However, it depends on you have the internet. When you go out, you can't get online and what will you do? If you have an accident, how can you call for help? This is why I still use my cellphone even if I don't call much.
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• United States
24 Oct 15
That's actually the cool part. Any cell phone can call 911 even if the re is no plan or subscription. So long as it is charged. It can call 911. I keep mine charged and the plan is "active" but with my plan I am only charged the days I use it and I just don't use it. If I absolutely need to, I can but I don't need it so I don't use it.
@cgalavia (1419)
• Philippines
24 Oct 15
I think I can live without a cellphone as long as I have other things to do always in a day.
• United States
24 Oct 15
I always have stuff to do. I own and herbal supplement manufacturer and teach distance education courses. There's never a lack of things to do. I can't remember the last time I was bored,
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@cgalavia (1419)
• Philippines
24 Oct 15
@Samanthavv Wow! you're such a busy person,I like that.I hope I can do work like yours soon...
• United States
24 Oct 15
@cgalavia oh trust me. I hate it. I feel like I never have much downtime. That's part of why I am on here. Doing something relaxing once in a while
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@crewgirl (195)
• United States
24 Oct 15
I couldn't live without a cellphone. Too many times my car has left me stranded and I needed to call for assistance. If I don't have a cellphone and my car breaks down for the umpteenth time, I'll have to wait impatiently for several hours for some kind soul (hopefully not a serial killer) to pull over and help me out.
• United States
24 Oct 15
That's why I kept my plan active but don't use it. If I don't use it, I don't get charged. The plan I am on it is $2 per day that I use it. So if I really need to, I can use it.
@crewgirl (195)
• United States
24 Oct 15
@Samanthavv That's smart. I should do that since I don't really use my phone that often either.
• United States
24 Oct 15
@crewgirl yeah! It's through AT&T gophone. I have a Nokia lumia phone. It's a smart phone. It's nice. It works well and I can use apps on wifi. Then I load my account with 10 bucks and only pay the $2 a day if I use it.
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@dodoazo (6516)
• Philippines
25 Oct 15
Handy phone becomes a fad because of the advance of technology. Living without it in a practical way of life is less important unless you are in a business venture. Others you know use that just to keep up with the Joneses. They want to be with the trending society which they cost them so much.
• United States
25 Oct 15
That's one thing that drives me nuts. I see so many people with really nice, $500-600 phones.. Don't get me wrong, I love my $30 Nokia lumia, but the thing is, these people are people I now for a fact are receiving public assistance. Why the heck do they have these insanely expensive phones? One girl insisted because it was "free" with a contract... Yeah. Free with a really expensive contract. Really, with things like gophone available there isn't much reason to pay more than $50 for a phone in a month.
@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
28 Oct 15
I think your friends just have to get used to it. I wonder if you keep your phone on. Perhaps you can switch it on, but no need to answer the call when it rings. You can use skype to return the call later. At least you know who has called, and you do not spend as you have not answered the call.