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What It Was Like Without Cell Phones  
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

Hey gang,

a few weeks ago on my spring break, I thought I would be nice and take my cell phone swimming with me in the Gulf of Mexico...he didnt' like it so much.

So for about a whole week, I was without a cell phone. It sucked. I never knew what time it was, I had no alarm clock in the morning, and of course, I had no convenient way of calling anyone. bah.

So anyway, I was thinking about what it was like before cell phones...like how were people ever picked up from the airport!? Or how did you call someone while on the way to their house that you had never been before to say "hey, i can't find your damn house." And what other interesting situations arise now that make cell phones so convenient that you didn't think were inconvenient in the past?

The first time I was ever on a cell phone was at a high school football game in 1995. I was in sixth grade at the time, and my friend John had his moms big huge ass cell phone...he let me use it to call my mom, and I told her I was in jail. haha. She was not pleased.


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
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I started my sales career in 1984. There were no cellphones or car phones, hell you were lucky to have a pager! Fax was brand new and most companies used a telex machine to communicate.

Not having a cell phone was a major inconvenience (this is the perception now, because of course back then we didn't know what a cell phone was so it wasn't missed). We had a policy of calling the office when at the furthest point of a sales trip to see if anyone was looking for us, and of course the trip planning had to be thorough so that the boss knew where to find you. Even then, it was very frustrating to return from a 500km round trip to discover that a client way out there had been looking for you.



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User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Well, I guess things were just better organised in those days, Payphones were alot more common too I think... I remember my father used to have a big ass brick Novo Atel phone... or something like that


Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13114 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

You used coin phones. With the advancements of cell phones, coin phones became uncessary except for certain curmstances (like Federal Court Houses)

User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

We had to rely a lot in public payphones, which most of the time were kaputt.  mad  But somehow we managed to survive... It's not that hard after all, I'm currently phone-less (that is, until I pay the cell phone bill  Silly ).


Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineSean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 40
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Pure Bliss!



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User currently offlineL410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5712 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

I sort of remeber the technological "stone age" we had over here (Czech Rep.) pre-1989. It took years (and I mean MANY years) to have your home equipped with a phone line, because state owned telephone company in planned economy could not care less. Although I think maybe doctors were given priority in getting phones.
There were of course pay phones, but only enough to meet the requirement of some law which prescribed such and such number of pay-phones per let's say 10,000 people. The very basic to have Again, not being profit-driven they just did not care if there will be 100 or 1000 payphones in the city.


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5):
Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Pure Bliss!

 yes 


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2291 times:

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5):
Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Pure Bliss!

I third that, peace, quiet and privacy.



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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

I don't know, I got a cell phone in grade 8, until then I guess I never really needed one, although I can't imagine how I would do it without my cell phone now. I use it to plan my days, set alarms, obviously talk to people, check e-mail etc... I've had a cell phone for about 9 years, and I don't think I could ever go back to not having one.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14026 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2277 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
So anyway, I was thinking about what it was like before cell phones...like how were people ever picked up from the airport!? Or how did you call someone while on the way to their house that you had never been before to say "hey, i can't find your damn house." And what other interesting situations arise now that make cell phones so convenient that you didn't think were inconvenient in the past?

There was an institution called "Public Phone Box" on most street corners.

Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
So anyway, I was thinking about what it was like before cell phones

Peace and privacy!  cloudnine 


Jan


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

I'd have to use a pay phone in the fairly uncommon case of an actual need to call someone, I'd have to use my radio alarm clocks to wake up in the morning and I'd have to bring some other sort of entertainment (book, discman, magazine...) on the tram. I'd also have to use my film camera for the occasional snapshot. All in all, I'd get by perfectly fine without a cell phone, but the thing is very convenient.


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

Well, when I started in the aircargo-business, there were no computers and no mobile-phones. People had to use public phones if around, and fax was not yet even in sight. Most modern thing was a telex-machine. And the phones had the round dials. Typewriters, except the one of the company-secretary, were not electric but manual, and photocopiers were rare and very very expensive, so that offices still used carbon-paper and carbonated-reprinting-machines with carbon-"originals" as basis.
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People arriving at airports ? Sent letters or telegraph-messages to those at the other end, and finally gave a phone-call. From the "receiving" side, you went to the airport and consulted the arrivals-table and in case of doubt went to the enquiry-desk, or you phoned the airport-enquiries-office from home and enquired.
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I was 23 when having the first electric typewriter in the office, 25 when having the first modern number-button type telephone, 28 when having a fax in the office, 35 when getting the first "computer", 46 when having my first mobile-phone, and 50 when having my first contact with internet. YES people survived, just as others before had done so without many other things.


User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
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Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 12):
And the phones had the round dials.



That was the worst! Let's see, I need to dial 897-0080:




Whirrr-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click

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Whirrr-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click

Whirrr-click-click-click-click-click-click-click




Whoops...dialed a 7 instead of an 8. Better start over!




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Ahhhh...touchtone....  Smile




2H4





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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2264 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 12):
And the phones had the round dials.

That was the worst!

Pht! I bet you never had to make international calls with one of those things!  devil 



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineBrendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 14):
Pht! I bet you never had to make international calls with one of those things!

Noooo don't make him do it!! We'll be here all week!



Coolier than thou.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 14):
Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 12):
And the phones had the round dials.

That was the worst!

Pht! I bet you never had to make international calls with one of those things!

I HAD INDEED to make dozens of international calls per day. I changed the finger sometimes, and sometimes used the small finger even. The last "round-dials" only disappeared in the 90ies .


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

Quoting Brendan03 (Reply 15):
We'll be here all week!

It'll be one hell of a torment for any mouse wheel as well.

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 16):
I changed the finger sometimes,

Something about that just doesn't sound right.

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 16):
The last "round-dials" only disappeared in the 90ies.

Nineties... now if I could remember when we got rid of the one we had at home. Must have been the early nineties, too.

[Edited 2006-04-02 18:47:18]


Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

The world was better back then...



Thom@s



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User currently offlineCairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

We didn't know any better so of course we didn't miss them. Frankly, I think they are overused now - many people talk loudly in public just so you'll think they're important.

One interesting thing: Watch any movie made prior to the late 1980s and you'd be surprised about how many wouldn't work today simply because the availability of a cell phone would eliminate a major plot point.

Cairo


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

When my dad used to be in sales (the on-the-road not in the store kind) he basically knew which places had clean bathrooms and pay phones in quiet locations. I believe he had an answering service, so he could call in once or twice a day to see if any customers or the office were trying to get in touch with him. Plus he had his trusty AT&T calling card so he wouldn't need to be hording quarters.

In the world w/o mass wireless communications there was not the expectation of getting in touch w/ somebody instantly. However once the genie was out of the bottle. One of my professors told me back when she was in college she did a summer at some financial services or law firm (I forget what it was exactly). This was also the same year that FedEx came into being. Prior to that overnight mail service wasn't too common nor was it cheap. Plus there really wasn't widespread use of fascimile machines that could handle large documents. But once low cost overnight mail service came into being the game changed. It obsolutely, postitively had to be there overnight.

Though I am not all that dependent on my cell phone, honestly I couldn't tell you what my parents phone number is... since they moved after having the same phone number for 10+ yrs.



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4022 posts, RR: 28
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

People were a lot more punctual back then. If they told you they would be somewhere at a certain hour they had a larger incentive to do so as they couldn't just call and say "I am running late". Now it just seems a cell phone is an excuse to leave people hanging.


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User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Although mobile phones do make life easier in many ways, I never got used to them. Somehow, I don't like using it and one of the reasons is because cell phones also introduced a rude behaviour. There are so many people who simply don't want to learn that ONE SHOULDN'T USE CELL PHONE EVERYWHERE.

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
That was the worst

It's not that bad if you're patient enough Big grin



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 59
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2159 times:
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Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 22):
It's not that bad if you're patient enough

Heh-heh...I remember trying to force the dial back at a greater speed so I could enter the next number sooner.  biggrin 




2H4





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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5):
Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Pure Bliss!

Ill second that.

Quoting Cairo (Reply 19):
Watch any movie made prior to the late 1980s and you'd be surprised about how many wouldn't work today simply because the availability of a cell phone would eliminate a major plot point.

Good point Cairo, I have noticed this a few times myself.

That being said, I live in an area with no real cell phone coverage in the Alaskan Bush. My parents live in Anchorage and have all the latest cell phone technology and I am baffled by people's behavior on them. Talking in line at a store has got to be the worst in my book.
In my town of 2500 people, in the grocery store last summer, a guy who was from out of town standing in line to check out had his phone ring. It was at lunch time and busy, and everyone's ears perked up a bit. We all know what a cell phone is, just nobody around town has them. But it was funny when an older Eskimo lady told him turn it off because she didnt want to hear his coversation. The look on that guys face was priceless.
Rural Alaska is probably one of the last outposts in America without widespread cellphone use. I love it, never have owned one myself and one day when they do get here, Ill be one of the long holdouts on getting one.


25 ME AVN FAN : not least those comedy things about people struggling about access to a phone-booth, or the "cut" telephone-lines making contact to the outside impos
26 Nudelhirsch : What did housewives annoy the rest of world with back then? Today, go to a US city, look into a Lexus RX and see a girl stopping traffic because she c
27 Alias1024 : Well, for starters everyone owned a watch. That way they knew what time it was. As for waking up in the morning, this was covered by a cousin of the
28 Post contains images TuffGong : today is the 33rd anniversary of the first portable telephone call by Martin Cooper, ArrayComm Inc. This one here reminds me of the one Zack Morris us
29 Post contains images Lindy : In 1997 cell phones were not that big in USA, that was the PAGER era. Only few people would talk on them on the street (big bricks) - That year I reme
30 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : the Motorola D160 with 232 grams THE lightweight of the time
31 Bushpilot : I got a kick out of that one because among my friends although none of us have cell phones the large brick style is universally known as the Zach Mor
32 Post contains images Lehpron : I can imagine life without my cellphone as I only got it 2 years ago. I'm a bit old school in the sense that I believe a phone is not supposed to have
33 Smokescreen : Well I am 30 now and have so far resisted joining the dark side of cell phone owners. I am just not that enthusiastic about shelling out $ and worryin
34 OzarkD9S : I still don't have one. I can be easily reached at work or at home. If I'm somewhere else I'm most likely engaged in something and would prefer not to
35 Post contains images PHLBOS : Set the Wayback Machine to about 1990... maybe 1995. This 40 year old feels the same way. Not to mention the number of times I've been on the receivi
36 Post contains images TPAnx : Had one for years. Couldn't stick it in a pocket...but I bought a couple of heavy-duty batteries and that analogue baby would connect in places today
37 Post contains images EWS : I got a Motorola 'brick' when i was in school.. bought it from the Freemans catalogue! I dont know where i'd be without a cellphone these days.. espec
38 Babybus : According to the design museum in Copenhagen (I just tried to find the link to the article but can't find it now) the mobile phone has 3 current uses:
39 Prebennorholm : How was it before before cell phones? Well, in the old days, when on the run, then we could find a pay phone at a service station, restaurant or such,
40 Gilligan : Wow, I remember having to go through and operator to get the call made like they did on the Andy Griffith Show. Again, you called the operator, gave
41 Post contains images Prebennorholm : There were also advantages in the old days. Many years ago I called a business client to do some business. When I got through to the telephone switch
42 Post contains images MD11Engineer : Remember the female secretaries using a pencil to dial? There used to be a shop around in Berlin where those with small d*cks could buy a fake car ph
43 Gilligan : Yes, I remember my mother getting upset that someone had picked up the phone where the ladies had a party line going and demanded they all hang up si
44 Melpax : In a previous life, I worked as a Real Estate Agent........ One of the old hands told me before mobiles (pre late 80's here) they would have 2-way rad
45 Alessandro : 2H4, I still have an old-time ericophone on my table, if I have to call somewhere where I need to dail I use my colleagues phone. Life without using a
46 ME AVN FAN : I for quite some time had an Ericsson GA628 in service, and still have it as a kind of back-up --- even some spare material around
47 Post contains images KaiGywer : You have the right to remain silent, what you lack, IS THE ABILITY. -Shrek But at least you won't have some crazy sniper aiming at you
48 Post contains images Eilennaei : My first connection with the mobile era was around 1973 when I discovered the family TV set could be tuned so that mobile conversations of the then AR
49 MD11Engineer : As a university student, I was earning my living for a while as a motorcycle courier in Berlin. We also used two way radios, but all client's names a
50 2H4 : That must have been a cool job. 2H4
51 MD11Engineer : Actually very badly paid. I quit after first payday because I calculated my expenses (I had to provode the bike and pay the insurance and fuel) and d
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