Cellphones should be used to talk, not take pictures with..

@hopefoo (1145)
Malaysia
February 28, 2007 2:18am CST
While reading discussions from this interest, I've come to realize a few things. People in the US do not usually carry a cellphone. I mean, some do..but most don't unlike in Asia. Where I live, our status are defined by what we own. People look at our cars, our cellphones, our clothes and judge each other. Now cars are a necessity here since public transportation is bad. But there are people with 2-3 cellphones each, all integrated with camera, bluetooth etc etc and I swear, half of them do not even how to operate their O2 properly yet. When asked why, their answer is usually "one for wife, one for girlfriend mah!!" Even kids have cellphone these days. Thing is, cellphones aren't cheap here. It's marketed at whatever price the shop wants to sell it at, unlike in other countries such as Australia where you get a phone almost free if you sign up for a 2 year contract. I have a crappy phone but it has the most basic functions that I need i.e. to call and for others to contact me. Do you think cellphone is a necessity? I think it is but all these new phones with integrated cameras and other high tech functions are not very necessary.
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• India
28 Feb 07
Ya you are right cell phones should be meant just for talking to other people. Cellphone is not a necessity if you have a landline phone but if you do not have a landline then its ok. Phones with integrated cameras and bluetooths are just meant to make rich people loose money on them. So rich people just use high end cameras. Even the cameras with the phones do not have much clarity.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I checked out your site. Picture clarity is alright, not bad or a phone. Rolls off film? Does anybody still use that? I usually carry my camera around in my laptop bag.
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I don't think it is a necessity either, bluetooth range is crap - err..if most people even know what bluetooth is for. Apparently where I am living currently, people seem to adore gadgets that has "cool" names and terms on the packaging. Anyway, if you must have something with a camera on it, stay clear off those that has "VGA" or "CMOS" on it. Models that uses CCD are wayyyy better in terms of quality.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
Funky name like KRZR and RAZR and SLVR! LOL VGA? What what?
@Astarte (813)
• Italy
1 Mar 07
Here in Italy also the 7 year-old child own a mobile phone. It's a real mania! All want to have the more "cool" mobile phone, the cell with the camera, the videocamera, 3G, full of functions, etc. The old models are buy only by senior people that don't use the functions. I have a mobile phone of last technology, it served me because I don't have the fixed telephone in my house and it also serves me to connect me to internet in speed UMTS. I have bought him with my money, working. I hate to see the little boys spoiled of 14 years that own cellphones of $400 gived as a gift by their parents... I buy my cell with my earnings, I hate to see this generation so spoiled! However, here in Italy the cells are a mania, all have one of them, they almost all want it of last technology...
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
Tell me about it. I saw a kid that has a better cellphone that I do so I asked him where'd he get it from and he told me that it's his birthday present from his mom. He also sat around playing blackjack with us and lost a lot. The kid was 7 years old! Every hour the dad would come back to fund his capital cause the parents are playing poker at the Adults only table. I admire these kids because they're so smart but I envy their lifestyle cause they don't need to work for the things that they want.
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@Astarte (813)
• Italy
1 Mar 07
I don't envy because these children will grow spoiled, they won't be able to get by theirselves in the life, they will have many problems when they will become adult and they won't succeed in growing to detach from the maternal crib.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
That's true. They will never learn how to be independent right? Or atleast, I can hope and laugh at them when they're older. LOL :P
@carol79 (201)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
Just for your information, people in the U.S. do carry a cellphone. It is now a necessity to own one for different reasons. Convenience that you dont have to find a booth or whatever just to contact someone or be contacted, emergency reasons which would be self explanatory, if you are a businessman/woman you could have everything in your phone such as files, mails, even faxing service, and internet. The added features such as bluetooth or infrared, camera, etc. are also useful. Imagine you don't have to carry that added camera if you go on vacations. And if you want to share photos with your friends, you could easily bluetooth or infrared it to her phone. Plus downloading would be easier on a laptop if you have infrared aswell. You have to know all the functions to be able to use them wisely. You could even use your phone as a music box and listen to all your favorite songs with one push of a button. Isn't life sweet and better with these gadgets. To all techy fans out there. I would recommend having a PDA phone like dupoo. All in one. Everything you need in one phone.
• United States
1 Mar 07
Not only do people in the U.S. carry cellphones, there's a growing number of people who absolutely could not live without one. I don't think it's so much out of necessity though--these people can't seem to make it through 10 minutes without talking to someone! I think it's almost become an unhealthy dependency. I orginally bought one for emergency purposes only. Then I realized it's cheaper to use just the cellphone and I turned off my home landline.
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@glenry86 (211)
• Australia
1 Mar 07
cell phones or mobile phones are a part of life these says, i dont think there is an issue using the functions, camera, blue tooth etc provided they are used for the correct use. as stated above, the camera can be useful for a taking a pic when you dont have your proper camera. its not effecting any1 so i dont see the harm, as for have 2-3 per person thats rediculous!
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I agree with you. Carrying 2-3 phones is just ridiculous.
@denden (803)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
i agree with you cellphone is necessity but if you cant afford to buy a cellphone with camera then you can have the not colored one. it depends to the person who wants to have a camera whats his/her purpose on having a camera. what do you think?
@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I think cell phones take up way too much of people's attention. I didn't even have one till early last year, and that was only because I started travelling, and then moved across the country and people still needed to be able to get a hold of me. I know my phone takes pictures, but I never have used that feature. Very few people even have my number, and now that I am back in a house in my new town, I barely ever use the cellphone... it's still around because I have a two-year contract. Are cellphones "necessary?" Not sure about that-- we got along just fine before they'd been invented-- but at least they are "handy to have."
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
I know what you mean. I still use my landline a lot until now. Cellphones do come in handy during an emergency..like when I have a flat tyre.
@emendblu (94)
• United States
1 Mar 07
im not sure where you are looking but i would have alot of trouble finding somebody who did not have a cell phone.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
Yeah, I've been getting a lot of messages about this. I guess I was misinformed. I know about 4 americans (1 from here) who deem that cellphones are an unnecessary evil and sometimes I think they're right. Just sometimes though. I'm very dependant on my cell these days.
@avonrep1 (1862)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I don't know about that I just got a new phone and it takes pretty good pictures on it. I was surprised because every other picture phone I have seen don't. We did get 2 of them for free, our contract was due to renew and I told them what we wanted and told them I thought we should have to pay for shipping of our new phones or activation cost. I got what I wanted. But I didn't need it, but its cool to have when you see something and wish you had your camera, with a camera phone you always do.
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
1 Mar 07
For those on contracts, it's a given. You guys get phone practically free and you can choose whatever you want. Over here, prices of phones range from MYR300 - MYR 4000 (That's USD30 - USD 1100) for the more high end phones.
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone - Sony Ericsson P990
I really depends on the person's preference of his gadgets. The reasons why others have 2-3 cellphones are:*Mobile Network: Some people (specially in the Philippines) like to have cell numbers on each network so that they can organize their contacts by network.*Personal/Work phones: Other use a separate cell number for the purpose of work while have another cell phone for personal use. (In My opinion)Cellphones today are a necessity because of practicality of communication between family/friends or workmates.
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
i agree. some people want to separate their phone for work from their phone for personal calls so that when there are times that they don't want to be disturbed with calls from their work place, they can just have it turned off without having to worry for their personal calls to be blocked as well. and with regards to preference on a gadgets, i also believe that a phone that has a good photocam, videocam and bluetooth could be very convenient and cheaper than having to bring a separate phone, a digital camera and a video camera, plus a big bag for bringing those together with you.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I will just say that I love my cell phone! I don't use all the time as I live in the mountains and don't get a signal but when I go to town I love having it. I can call my hubby and see if he needs anything done while I am in town. As for taking pictures, talk about handy. When my sister was involved in a minor accident she jumped out of her truck and started taking pictures, that saved her in court. P.S. I am not sure where you got your information that people in the US don't have cell phones but you were extremly misinformed, just about every single person including most children carry a cell phone. That is why pay-phones around town are becoming obsolete.
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@dbeamon (128)
• United States
28 Feb 07
i agree with you scrappin both of my teens have a cell fone and every one i know does to. in fact in tx you cant go anywhere with out someone being on there cell.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
I think peopel can live without them just fine. I sometimes think some people should live without them. Kids think they need them but they really don't. I grew up just fine without one. I didn't get mine until I was about 25. As for them having a camera on them that is kind of fun. I don't see the point of watching shows on them though with the screens being so small.
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@greengal (4286)
• United States
28 Feb 07
You sound just like my hubby hopefoo..lol! He believes a cellphone is only for communication and thinks it shouldn't have extraordinary features. I don't mind having one with a camera. I know how it is in Asia dear, judgemental is the right word for sure. Everything is more of a status symbol than utility. Recently my bro bought a new Nokia cellphone which has a hi-fi camera and video features.It was very expensive and I wasn't very happy that he spent so much. I wouldn't find use for one here but this month two of my cousins got married and we of course couldn't attend the weddings. My brother took pictures and videos of the ceremonies and sent it to me. I was so happy and was thankful he had such a phone..lol The picture clarity is amazing and you can hardly tell videos were shot from a cellphone! Well I guess it was worth the buy..hehe!
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
28 Feb 07
I must admit, it does come in handy sometimes like in your situation. It's cool that you got to see the wedding even though you couldn't be there. It does have it's advantages. In my case, I usually have my camera around ;) heheh
@ladyjava (1185)
• Malaysia
28 Feb 07
Hm.. I don't know.. Am always on the move so a handphone is kind of a necessity to me. In fact I get very turn off by people who so called carry phones but are always unreachable coz they maybe like they forget to recharge it. I kinda like the idea of having one gadget for everything.. just can't afford to have one!! I got my Siemens CX65 free with my 2-year subscription in Singapore and i found that it actually cost RM1,133.00. Wow!!.. Anyway.. i digress..
@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
28 Feb 07
Singapore, Australia..the all have great systems! ARGH I paid RM1,100 for my cell phone when it first came out. It was the most high tech phone at one point. It had colour screen and GPRS!
@Sasselle (698)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
I thought that cell phones were big in the US ... obviously not!! I personally original brought a "mobile phone" because I was often travelling along a 20km stretch of road with no houses or lighting or telephones etc and I was really scared of breaking down in this area and not being able to call anyone for help. Australia does have decent plans - all my phones have been free with a 2 year contract ... or you can pick up a decent one on a prepaid plan for under $100. I have all my phone calls capped too ... so it's under $50 a month to make over $250 calls including international!! My contract is due to run out next month so i'll have to go phone shopping - I usually just pick out something that will be easy to use and doesn't look disgusting or like it fell off the back of a truck. It seems that once children are born these days they are given a phone - I don't see what use a 5 year old has with one!! They should be still supervised by their parents not a electronic device. I find it strange that even 10 years ago, hardly anyone had a cell phone and now they get funny if they go out without it!! I don't think it's a necessity but they are definately useful in emergencies and when you need to get in contact with someone. I think the most frustrating part about it all is when you have 10 relatives who have at least one phone each - some up to 3 - and you can't get in contact with any of them in an emergency!!! That is what frustrates me!!
@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
28 Feb 07
Hahahaha I thought I was the only one with relatives like that!
@manmaxman (850)
• India
22 Mar 07
yes u r right cells are for talk not for taking picture i also agry with u
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@nairjula (453)
• India
1 Mar 07
I agree wi th you fully. It is princiaplly meant for communication. To call and to receive. But when the cell phones makers add these features to sell more, how can youexpect this not to happen?
• Canada
1 Mar 07
I too think that cellphones should just be for talking with. On the other hand, my partner had one with a camera built in, and he'd take pictures of things at the park where he worked and email them to me before we met which I thought was great. A cellphone is a necessity but people use them for all the wrong reasons these days. Its a sign of technology progressing at a faster rate than we as a society are prepared for. There are newer, better and faster things coming out at an ever increasing rate.
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• Philippines
1 Mar 07
yes, i do believe cp is necessity. But it doesn't matter what's the feature all i care for is it's usage. ty!!!
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@jayalaksmi (1041)
• India
1 Mar 07
I agree with you because all the high tech facility in the phone had made it a matter of using its evil, and forgeting the benefits. It is mostly used for bad things and the good is really forgotten.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I don't think cell phones are a necessity but they are helpful. I didn't have one for a long time until I went on vacation with my husband. My mom was at home alone and it allowed me to check on her alot. Also if my car breaks down its nice to have a phone to call for help.
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