Planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3547 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3062 times:
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.
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8590 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3053 times:
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.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Brendan03 From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3053 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
Carmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 3042 times:
We had to rely a lot in public payphones, which most of the time were kaputt. 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 ).
Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5922 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 3013 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.
NeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 3009 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.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2998 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.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9409 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 8 hours ago) and read 2997 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.
ME AVN FAN From Algeria, joined May 2002, 13937 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 5 hours ago) and read 2992 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.
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.
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.
Cairo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 2912 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.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7896 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (10 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 2903 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.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Pyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 4556 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (10 years 1 month ago) and read 2889 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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Aleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3241 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (10 years 1 month ago) and read 2883 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.
Bushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5): Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
What It Was Like Without Cell Phones
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.
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