I would just love to get a dialogue started about these little beasts.
Originally Posted by Alana
...in case I have an emergency.
And oh my gosh, if I was pregnant, and I went into labor while driving? Well, I would just drive home and have the baby. Or if I was too far from town, I would pull over, go into the woods...build myself a fire, birth my baby under the tree while DD collected berries for my postpartum snack and then I would drive home. Bwaaa ha. That sounds like fun.
Convenience is a huge factor for us...being able to call and remind DH to bring something home from the grocery store, etc. Hmmmm...maybe we should try a cell-phone-less week and see if we all panic?
DH is carrying the cell phone every day right now as we are expecting no. 2 in a couple of weeks, but it usually just sits on the counter unless we take a day trip somewhere or have a need for it. I can't imagine someone being able to get ahold of me all of them time, and I really think they are a hazard on the road. We have to buy a certain number of minutes every 90 days, so we usually have a bunch of extra money stored on it.
One bad trend that I have noticed is that less places have payphones which is what we use in case of an emergency when we don't have a cellphone with us.
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I avoid having the cellphone take up time I don't have by treating it like a cellphone with all the bells and whistles and not like a phone with no anwering machine.
We too have no landline. We got the cellphones after dh was 3 hours late picking me up from work one evening.
Yes, having a phone with you at all times can start to interfere with life. But I think its just about how you use it. Just because the phone rings doesn't mean you have to answer it. As a general rule I put the phone on silent when I am out to dinner and I don't ever answer the phone while driving. So I can have my cell phone with me incase I need it or someone REALLY needs to reach me. But I don't worry about letting some calls go to voicemail. If I'm 99% certain my friend is just calling to chat I don't need to pick up the phone just to say "I'll call you later".
Let's see... I had a flat tire last year. I just walked into a local business and asked to use the phone. No biggie. A couple years before that, we had a freak car accident, and we just waited until someone stopped.
If we leave the kids with a sitter and something happens... DH does have a pager (from work), and we also leave numbers for our family.
I don't know what other kind of emergency we'd need a cell phone for. I suppose that if I actually had a cell phone, I'd find a reason to 'need' it.
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I think about the emergency uses too...but honestly, emergencies way predated cell phones and people somehow managed! We'll probably get one eventually (esp. if I go back to work) but this works for us for now.
eta: we got rid of it for financial reasons. We could find lots of other uses for $39.99 per month.
I started listing all my reasons for having one, but it grew too long. We do a lot of driving and traveling. It is even in my pocket right now.
My son - age 7 - just informed me that he really needed a cell phone. That way he could call me during the day and tell me what he wanted to have for dinner.
My DH was thinking about getting one since we're remodeling our new house and he thought it might be important for the GC to be able to get ahold of us, but now it turns out my stepdad will be doing all the work, and either staying with us, or staying at the new house, so guess it doesn't matter now!
With the 2 cells that I use, I keep them on vibrate and usually screen the calls. If I'm in the middle of doing something I will only answer it if it is one of dc's schools, or my mom since she is recovering from 2 broken hips. Otherwise, I usually let it go to voicemail.
I think it's horribly dangerous for people to be using them while driving. It's illegal in my state (NJ) but people are still doing it. I think it's horribly rude when people are talking loudly on them in public places like movie theaters and in trains, and it really irks me when I'm spending time with a friend and they keep having to take calls that aren't really all that important just because the phone is ringing.
I don't like the idea of people being able to reach me wherever I go. I let my home machine take my calls, answer only the genuinely urgent calls, and call everyone else back while DD is sleeping, and otherwise I let my life and my time with DD be uncluttered by interruptions.
Plus, there have been studies done showing that the constant exposure of your head to the electrical field of the phone is dangerous. Check this one out: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines06/0507-06.htm
DH uses his all the time for his job, but his work foots the bill.
A lot of people say they want them for "emergencies." FYI, even old, no-service cell phones still work to call 911. Many people consider non-911-worthy incidents to be emergencies, though-
So I cancelled my service (fortunately they were OK about letting me out of the contract). I'd like to have a cell phone since I'm a single parent and it would be nice to be reachable when needed. However, a cell phone that is constantly out of the service area is, IMO, worse than none at all because there's the illusion that one can be reached, but it's false. Someday, when I find out about a plan that actually works where I need it to work, I'll try again.
If you don't want anyone to be able to get ahold of you, you can shut them off.