Reason to increase cell phone use or not

@suspenseful (40312)
Canada
July 4, 2009 12:16pm CST
I have the basic big talker plan. I am Canadian and use Rogers, I can talk free on weekends and evenings over 6, plus there is about 150 free minutes during each month. I do not have caller id, and I do not use text yet. We also have our own land line that is Shaw Digital, free long distance, caller id, etc. So that is how things stand now. We have just learned that my husband might have a critical disease and the prognosis from what I see on the medical sites is from three to five years. Now it could be wrong - there is a condition that requires an operation that mimics it, but the specialist says not likely. So this means, if it is what we think, there will be times when someone has to get in touch with me when I am not home (like when grocery shopping) My husband's hands are so weak that I have to hold the phone to his ear, so he cannot pick it up. Now in these conditions, would it be feasible to increase my cell phone coverage?
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@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
4 Jul 09
Oh dear I'm so sorry to hear about your husband this must be a difficult time for both of you. I would say it might be a good idea to go ahead and increase your time if you think you'll use more than the time you have now.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jul 09
So far I have not gone over my minutes, but I might have to add caller id and that will be another $5.00 and I do not want to do that. I guess I will have to keep my phone on when I go out and give them the number and have them call me. I would rather call the doctor or the health care workers using our home phone, because you know busy signal, "your call will be taken in the order taken," etc.
@byfaithonly (10715)
• United States
5 Jul 09
I only have cell phone right now and it's a pay-as-you-go - right now I have no time on my phone and it's driving me crazy, what-ifs do that to me.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Jul 09
I was thinking of giving my number to the health care worker. I would not just give it to everyone since I do not want to get unsolicitated mall on it.
@clorissa123 (4930)
• United States
5 Jul 09
If you are in a budget here, the best suggestion is get rid of your landline connection, and stick to the cell phone plan, or increase its minutes usage. Maybe you stick to your cellphone more these days, because it is portable, and you can carry it anywhere you go. So, it is up to your decision at this point.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Jul 09
Our land line allows free long distance as well as caller id and we have in-laws from British Columbia through to P.E.I. and not only that, I have relatives in Great Britain, Ontario, Germany, the Ukraine, etc. If they had free long distance and caller id on my cell phone I would quit the land line. Besides we need a line at home anyway.
@tonyllenium (6260)
• Italy
5 Jul 09
i am sorry for husband so i hope he can feel better as soon!!as regards your plan i think is pretty ok..but i don't know if you want improve it i think also depending from rogers offer availble for you now!!My be you cna try voip if your phone call need so much and expensive normally you can save a bit on the cellphones too..and so you can talk a bit more and spend abit less from your phone or computer too!!
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jul 09
This voip does it work when you are outside the house or do you have to be in the house? We already have a digital home phone that does that. What I want is advice if I am out of the house, not near anyone else's computer, walking on the street or in the Mall, and someone is trying to reach me -like for instance, if my husband is home alone and a friend comes to visit or the home worker comes around, and they have to call me and say "come home right away," or I give my cell phone number to the home worker or the specialist and rather then doing the press one to speak in English, etc. I talk to her and get the appointment made up already.
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
4 Jul 09
I would go for a month and see how many minutes you use--you may not go over your 150 free ones. Most calls from doctors' offices and such are very short as they are constantly rushed for time. I'm very sorry about your husband's illness and I hope it's just something that mimics it. This must be horrible for you, and you'll both be in my prayers. Can't he get some kind of physical therapy to strengthen his hands or is it an after affect of the stroke? Either way, I would think there would be something they could do to improve the condition.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jul 09
The specialist told us that it was not a stroke, that she was stroke specialist and knew all the signs. For one thing, my husband's mental recognition did not deteriorate which is what happens in a stroke. His muscles are going due to the nerve damage. He is practicing walking to keep up his strength but it is hard.
4 Jul 09
personally i do not use my mobile most time, i prefer talking one on one to friends, unless its really extrmely urgent, or i need to respond to stuffs like interviews, utility companies etc
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• United States
4 Jul 09
I think you should realize that you will be needed more in the coming days than before. Cell phones used to be a priviledge now they are becoming a necessity for those who really need to be in touch with family and friends.
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@eshaan (6192)
• India
14 Jul 09
Its not like that, you can wear sleeveless, but only to take care that it should not have deep cuts as again you have the problem of full sized brea*ts, just take car ethat it looks decent and not something showing body parts and something peeping out all the time from your arm cuts or deep neck cuts, just properly tailored things look good if they perfectly fit you and you can still look young, no need to count years while wearing anything, after all old people also feel hot....isn't it ???
@eshaan (6192)
• India
14 Jul 09
oh no....i have done the same mistake again......i read your discussion on sleeveless...and posted it here by mistake...plz consider dear ....it happens
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
14 Jul 09
Best to get a answering machine and tell them to use your cell only if it is a emergency and if not to call back later or after 6. What I would do anyhow.
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
6 Jul 09
Do you use all the minutes you have now ? If you do not, I would keep the plan and see how it works out first. If it does not work out then I would see about increasing it. I will be praying for your husband. Have a happy day.
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
6 Jul 09
What we have done is getting the whole family on the one program we all yuse verizons and that way we can call eachother with no extra cost and at any time! I would look to see if you can do that with your plan!