To Call or Not to Call?

Philippines
December 11, 2006 2:53am CST
For people who i am close with like close friends, family member and relatives, i prefer to call rather than sending an SMS. But for people whom i am not personally close with i would rather receive an SMS first from then them decide whether i should call them or ask them to call me instead. SMS gives you the freedom to say whatever you want to say without the actual show and hint of emotions although sometimes people get the wrong impression in a txt message since it really depends on how one person might interpret it. So for personal relations, things are better said for the actual emotion or message to get through the right way and not be mis understood.
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@ossie16d (11834)
• Australia
12 Dec 06
SMS Messaging - SMS messaging
I use my mobile to send an SMS if I need to get a very quick message to someone, plus when our son is away from home then I will send him a message to say we love him. Sending an SMS does not have to be impersonal but at the same time it is not the way to break off a relationship for example. :) However we also call friends and talk to them, particularly if it is for a special reason. For example, at Christmas we will phone a number of special friends that we will not see but want to wish them a Merry Christmas.
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
For greetings to close friends and relatives, I do think also that it would be best to give them a call rather than just sending an SMS. Thank you for responding to the discussion and have a nice day!
• India
12 Dec 06
For people who i am close with like close friends, family member and relatives, i prefer to call rather than sending an SMS. But for people whom i am not personally close with i would rather receive an SMS first from then them decide whether i should call them or ask them to call me instead. SMS gives you the freedom to say whatever you want to say without the actual show and hint of emotions although sometimes people get the wrong impression in a txt message since it really depends on how one person might interpret it. So for personal relations, things are better said for the actual emotion or message to get through the right way and not be mis understood.
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
Yes I agree with you that for personal touch, people who are close to you, it would be better to have a call and a proper conversation to avoid miscommunication. Thank you for your response and have a nice day!
@Ambur25 (1007)
• United States
12 Dec 06
I agree, sorta. I love text messaging. Lol. I could text message to anyone, and still feel comfortable with it. I'm quite shy so that plays a huge part in it. .
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
Well most of the people in our country would prefer sending text that's why we are one of the top SMS senders. We have what we call an unlimited SMS which are cellular line carriers call.
@shali3000 (742)
• Italy
11 Dec 06
I prefer to call and to talk.. rarely I use sms to comunicate, sometimes I do it when I haven't much time but i prefer to hear the voice and not to read SMS
• India
12 Dec 06
I think you are right.I,m agree with you.
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
I also would prefer to call rather than to send an SMS. I really believe in a more personal way of communicating, that is hearing the voice of the other person. Although there may be times that because of the economic situation I have to lessen my calls because eventually I will have to pay for them.
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@sierdij (853)
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
Call is still the best for me.Though SMS is also ok i prefer call to be the number one communication.I love hearing the voice of love ones.Isn't it?
• Philippines
11 Dec 06
I do agree that calling is best. I also prefer calling rather than txting, although in special circumstances like with your lover, when we are arguing, its best that SMS should be done rather than calling for you to avoid things that must not have been said. Also when sending SMS, it allows you to think twice or thrice before you actually send the message.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
of course, it's always a special thing to actually hear the voice of your loved ones. but then, i consider also the expense that goes with it. if the situation is sort of urgent, i'd prefer to call, but if not, SMS would be fine with me. and, yes, madonna, communicating through sms with your lover when you're arguing may prove to be beneficial to both parties, as it will avoid harsh words you wouldn't have wanted to blurt out in the first place.
• India
12 Dec 06
I THINK ITS COMPLETELY DEPENDS ON UR RELATION WITH UR PEOPLE .
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• Philippines
16 Dec 06
Yes I agree with you. It really depends if you are close to the person or not. Thanks for your comment.
• India
12 Dec 06
calling is better than sending sms ....it avoids typing message in message editor...but it cost much then sending sms
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• Philippines
16 Dec 06
Luckily for us here in the Philippines we have unlimited call provided by a cellular network. It's flat rate for a month or a week.
@FreddyLim (161)
• Singapore
12 Dec 06
SMS can really do wonders... However it does give wrong impression at times depending on how you had written the message. For personal relations seriously only 1 mode focommunication exists and thats voice call, not only you can hear the voices but also from /through the voice you can feel that he/she is just nearby. Nevertheless, SMS does provide us will convenient. When having meeting or at times when you cannot answer the phone, SMS can at least let the person know that you are still alive and kicking... haha...
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
That is why most of us here would prefer to call especially with matters concerning our close friends and family members. It would avoid any miscommunication that an SMS interpretation would have. Wouldn't you guys agree? Than you for sharing your ideas with us and have a nice day!
• India
12 Dec 06
i too prefer to call which i think s the best way to have a good healthy communication. but then sms can help u in many ways like saying sorry to someone whom u might have accidently hurt or u know something stupid thing of your made the relation somewhat bad sms helps in these sort of circumstances yeah and i agree with one of here saying economy cause one should not waste the hard earned money in calling but then again for the loved ones and dear ones i prefer calling thank you abhishek
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
When saying to sorry to someone, I think it would be best to call rather than sending an SMS. It needs a personal touch and that the person wold know from your voice that you are truly sorry. It would clear things up and avoid any more miscommunication on your part. Wouldn't you agree? Have a nice day and thank you for responding to the discussion.
@Marie35 (27)
• Philippines
12 Dec 06
there is a certain degree of interest when it comes to deciding whether to call or just send SMS. since we are in the age of the Y generation, lots of money and time are wasted on senseless SMSs but then again, i don't count out those who uses SMS on important things but in general, most of the messages are either jokes or sweet nothings. In the business world, call is the best and messages can be relayed more quickly, clearly and specific. So as i mentioned, SMS and calls are made and enjoyed to a certain degree and level of needing to communicate and wanting to communicate. It all depends on the situation.
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
Well as for most of us, people who are close to us like close friends and relatives, it is our opinion that a call would be better than and SMS since it is more personal and would avoid any miscommunication. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and have a nice day!
@pinklilly (3446)
• Australia
12 Dec 06
Depends on what the message is about... It is usually better to call but sometimes it can be easier to send an sms as you can be avoiding a long conversation
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• Philippines
16 Dec 06
That's true, that's what I would do if I wanted to avoid a long conversation. But usually I prefer to call than sending SMS.
• India
12 Dec 06
I prefer to call. I SMS only if the person whom i m trying to call is unreachable. Or just to do some timepass with friends.
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• Philippines
17 Dec 06
Me too, I refer to call the person, especially if that person is close to me. But if my finances don't permit it, I end up sending SMS anyway.
• United States
11 Dec 06
It depends on the people. If that is how you feel, then that is what you do. I talk to personal friends and family, and I also email.
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• Philippines
16 Dec 06
For people close to me I would rather that they call. I really would prefer it rather than getting SMS.
@fl0urish (5387)
• India
11 Dec 06
yeah i prefer call to when they are close
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• Philippines
23 Dec 06
So I guess like me when the people are not so close to I would rather send an SMS. Thank you for your response and have a nice day!
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
11 Dec 06
You have to see the economy. Just because you have a cell phone, you should not use it up ultimately you have to pay the bill. If SMS is cheap, better do that. Wherever the call is very important, call them.
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• Philippines
11 Dec 06
I definitely agree that seeing the economy is a matter of importance but here in the philippines, a cellular network offers unlimited call and txting for the whole month for just 450 pesos or $9 a month. Its definitely very cheap so now the questions remains, if u were given this opportunity would you rather call or simply send an SMS?
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@fosphorus (111)
• India
12 Dec 06
txt/talk - txt or talk
i think ur right. since ppl u might be interacting wid ppl ur more to dan aquaintnces, its gud dat u do talk to dem over phone. nd its kewl to txt ppl ur not so close wid too... but mebe at times, a lil talk wid strangers aint gonna do any harm. u never know d right kinda ppl hu lurk around d corner unless u look out 4 dem!
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@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
12 Dec 06
I work in a call centre. I hate using the phone if I'm not at work.
• Philippines
23 Dec 06
So I guess when your not at work you prefer to send an SMS right? Thank you for responding to the discussion and have a nice day.
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
if i just wanted to say hi, i'd send them a text message. but if i wanted to say something important or im in a hurry i call.
@banta78 (4335)
• India
11 Apr 07
I like to call my near and dear ones, my family members as i like to converse and hear their voice and feel the emotions. Which i don't think text messanging can do. Moreover i don't use sms feature much. so even when i have to get things done i call the concerned people & authorities. happy postng.:)
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 07
We are different then, because for the person who close to me I use SMS, and in formal way like business and approaching someone, I will call them. Sometimes I hate being called by my family, relatives, friends, and my clerks when I can't receive the calls in case of something, and we usually understand that if there is something urgent they will sms me, and I also sms them back or calling them later.