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Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?  
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

It seems in every forum I participate there are threads about cell phones, iphones, blackberries, apps, etc. And an increasing amount of it.

In the past, I found some people that shared with me the lack of interest in cell phones. They are becoming harded to find, either because they are dying off (hahaha), or some have been converted.

I could care less about apps, camera or video phones, translators, gps, touchscreens, movies, music, or even text on a phone. I have a cell phone only for emergencies and business, whose only feature is VOICE communication. I have text because it came free, otherwise would have declined it. Everyone knows not to text me.

I was wondering if anyone in this forum (unlikely since it's geek skewed), shares the sentiment. When I'm mobile, I don't want to be accessible. When I get a career job, I will have to fight that very hard I predict. I am prepared to quit or not accept a job if it involves people reaching me on my free time. Again, barring emergencies.


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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7832 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2518 times:

I doubt you'll find many. But I'm halfway there. I don't want to pay the monthly fee for a smart phone and don't care one bit! Need to text and take pictures though!


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2516 times:

Quoting DeltaMD90 (Reply 1):
I doubt you'll find many. But I'm halfway there. I don't want to pay the monthly fee for a smart phone and don't care one bit! Need to text and take pictures though!

People do not realize how much of their lives is being robbed. I actually did "a day with pictures and text". It was horrible. I coudn't enjoy my lunch because of all the texts, and because I had to take a pic of something. Sorry, but people are just simply nuts conduncting themselves like that. And I see it: idiots texting and walking, or taking picture after picture... do it with a proper camera if it's so darn important!!

The only thing I get is music on your phone, fine. Makes sense. But since my is not capable of that (very old model), I can't do much about it.



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User currently offlinenotaxonrotax From Netherlands, joined Mar 2011, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2514 times:

I own an I-phone.
I use it 99% of the time for internet; E-mail, the news………PPRuNe etc!

And music!! Block out annoying sounds made by others or just dream away with your favorite song!

I receive very little voice calls because my job doesn´t "call" for it so much.
I love the I-phone for the fact that I´m far away from my wife etc, most of the time……..a great tool to stay in "touch"!

I am NOT the typical "stereotype" cellphone user that is "always" rude or ill-considerate to others.
(I know them)…….
But spending a lot of time alone, I´ll be the quite guy in the corner checking his E-mail on a smartphone; I´m sorry to say.

I am interested in improving the performance with new software updates………but I´m not big into Apps and games and stuff.

This probably doesn´t qualify me to join your group, but you have my sympathy!
If I had a different life style, I would probably own a 1997 Nokia or something………

Cheers,

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P.S: Being an aviator; if I see an airstrip somewhere, I love my GPS function on I-phone to make sure how to get back there!!

[Edited 2011-11-24 17:31:40]


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User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

Quoting notaxonrotax (Reply 3):
I own an I-phone.
I use it 99% of the time for internet; E-mail, the news………PPRuNe etc!

See, that's why none of my friends have an excuse not to read e-mails. Seen relationships end because of supposed "ignoring" of them!! (or text!)

Me, since everyone knows not to text me, I avoid that problem. And if a girl e-mails and I don't respond all day, they know. When I answer back they'll tell me "you should get a newer phone! So you can get e-mail"... I put them in place and the issue is settled.  

Yup, no facebook, fotolog or twitter either. Even though every single person I know has said I should get a page.



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User currently offlineltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13042 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

I do know of 1 person, a co-worker, who doesn't have a cell/smart phone. I know he has bad credit and money management skills, doesn't have a bank account so difficult for him to get a even a non-contract phone. Problem is that if there is a real need to get in contact with him or if he has to call the office, it is a pain for both him and his bosses. The reality is that a cell phone is a necessity, although one should have some say as to if and when they want to be contacted by a workplace boss.

User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

I don't like them and dont care about them. But in my job, I have a Blackberry and generally a response to calls and emails is expected for 18 hours a day. It's a curse that I will endure for a few more years until I pursue my dream of being a full time golfer, (it will be a not-for-profit venture)

User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

I have voice and text only. I do like having text. I've never had a phone with more than that and don't really care to. If work paid for it, I'd take it (they would if I asked), but see no need for it 95% of the time. When traveling it would be nice, at times, to have a smartphone.

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
. I am prepared to quit or not accept a job if it involves people reaching me on my free time. Again, barring emergencies.

Good luck with that.


User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6143 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2468 times:
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I have a Nokia circa 2002 with voice and text only

I don´t care for any other type of phone and on Christmas and on my birthdays I have to remind my family I´m not interested in any other type of fancy phone untli my Nokia dies.

I have a digital camera for pics and an Ipod nano for music. I have a netbook for evrything else.

And I´m very happy.

On the other hand, my brother has a Black Berry, a Nextel and the latest IPhone. Go figure.



MGGS
User currently offlineoldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1524 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

I'm with you 100%; but since I am way OLDER than most ppl on here maybe thats to be be expected of    LOL


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 7):
Good luck with that.

So far it has worked. Caveat, it has been silly jobs I've had in retail or the like. I said, "I am always on time, I never call sick, no one calls me or talks to me at work". I'm not saying this to preen, it's really the truth. I don't have a lot of friends or family so that helps. I never get sick, and I and very punctual, I am known for covering other people's schedules. One year I covered Christmas and New years because everyone else had requested and the (new) manager had been taken advantage of.

SO I work my time... I demand the same respect when it is MY time. Because of my above qualities, I have been accomodated.

These cell phones and certainly smart phones, are ruining this divide. Why people tolerate it, is beyond me (unless it is a field they trully enjoy, then I could understand).



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User currently offlinemandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6770 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2430 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 4):
See, that's why none of my friends have an excuse not to read e-mails.

My boss (of an IT company), actually refused to have a smartphone... until last week when his old phone went kaput and he got a i-Phone.
BUT, he still refuse to answer emails or chats etc on the off hours. Good for him!

I use 2 smartphones... but...
There's no excuse to not have an excuse!
I can't ignore work emails when it's office hours no more then as if I don't have a smartphone, but outside it, I read it and reply to it when I feel like it.

Quoting Derico (Reply 10):
Why people tolerate it, is beyond me (unless it is a field they trully enjoy, then I could understand).

Why people refuse being connected is beyond me, BUT, why people tolerate such "insistive and inconsiderate" behaviour of insisting everyone else to be as crazy as they are, is further beyond me. Lead your connected life the way you want it, not the way others tell you to!

"Don't need it" is a reasonable reason.
"Don't want to be sucked into the perpetually connected curse", is usually a lame excuse people use, denying their want... It's usually for people who tend to get sucked in or can't refuse when confronted.

I actually prefer it with these data connection... why? I don't voice calls anymore... or rarely. Voice calls are usually telesales, or important calls. The rest, goes into the chats/emails/etc... and yes, I've had times when I couldn't bother replying someone for a few days... he got annoyed, and used the "you got no excuse to not read it" argument, so I just removed the person from the chat friend list.

It's a heck of a lot cheaper than calling.

Mandala499



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2423 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 10):
So far it has worked.
Quoting Derico (Reply 10):
Caveat, it has been silly jobs I've had in retail or the like

Right. Like you said,

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
When I get a career job

Even then, not all jobs require you to be tied down at all hours, but if you go out on a job hunt with the attitude that you absolutely aren't willing to accept a cell phone and the ability to be reached off hours, it may limit some of your options. It depends on what you do I suppose.

For the record, I rarely get calls for work on my cell.


User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 2412 times:

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):

I could care less about apps, camera or video phones, translators, gps, touchscreens, movies, music, or even text on a phone. I have a cell phone only for emergencies and business, whose only feature is VOICE communication. I have text because it came free, otherwise would have declined it. Everyone knows not to text me.

I was wondering if anyone in this forum (unlikely since it's geek skewed), shares the sentiment. When I'm mobile, I don't want to be accessible. When I get a career job, I will have to fight that very hard I predict. I am prepared to quit or not accept a job if it involves people reaching me on my free time. Again, barring emergencies.

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Luckily, I found a phone thats easy to read and is pay as you go. I don't spend long periods on the phone because time is money minutes. And trying to text with ham hands is no easy feat.



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 9805 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
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I finally got a smartphone around 6 months ago (probably about 2 years after literally everyone else had one, including my parents). I got an iPhone, mostly just for the heck of it. I was hoping to consolidate my phone and iPod, but I didn't want to spend for the 32 gig iPhone, so they remain separate for now.

I'd had my previous phone (an LG flip-phone) for 4 years.

I have literally one extra app on my phone, which is a GPS. I don't even use it. Oh, I think I have a crossword puzzle app too, for plane flights. Actually, no, that's on my iPod.

At the end of the day, there are certain situations in which I'm slightly less bored, like sitting somewhere waiting for something. But I do my damndest not to be one of those people who whips out their phone as soon as they're not doing something else. Frankly, I don't have that much to do on my phone anyway, whether it's internet, email, games, whatever.

I still buy magazines at the airport prior to taking flights.

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
Everyone knows not to text me.

I wish I could say the same. 



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User currently offlineRabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1007 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

I am extremely conservative when it comes to buying electronic devices. I try avoid being an early adaptor because I hate being a beta tester. I want things to unconditionally work, and I am happy to trade in some advanced features for having a properly working device. For that reason, I newer update software until it is version X.5.

In my lifetime (being in my mid 30ties), I have only owned 5 computers (two of them are still in use) and two cellphones. I typically buy high quality products and use them as long as possible. And since I bought a well-made cellphone in 2006, I still use it. And I could not care less that it is not smart. That being said, I am pretty stationary (long office hours) and almost always in touch with my computer and thus online. I'd probably invest in a smartphone if I'd been getting around more.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21418 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
People do not realize how much of their lives is being robbed. I actually did "a day with pictures and text". It was horrible. I coudn't enjoy my lunch because of all the texts, and because I had to take a pic of something. Sorry, but people are just simply nuts conduncting themselves like that. And I see it: idiots texting and walking, or taking picture after picture... do it with a proper camera if it's so darn important!!

That looks a lot like you having trouble reconciling your life with new options created by a new device.

The device as such does nothing. It's you who's doing something with it – or not.

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
The only thing I get is music on your phone, fine. Makes sense. But since my is not capable of that (very old model), I can't do much about it.

So are people "idiots" as well who get one as a music player with added benefits? Or for other, from their point of view, sensible reasons?

Quoting Derico (Reply 10):
So far it has worked. Caveat, it has been silly jobs I've had in retail or the like. I said, "I am always on time, I never call sick, no one calls me or talks to me at work". I'm not saying this to preen, it's really the truth. I don't have a lot of friends or family so that helps. I never get sick, and I and very punctual, I am known for covering other people's schedules. One year I covered Christmas and New years because everyone else had requested and the (new) manager had been taken advantage of.

I'm sorry to hear that, but the problem here is not about having or not having a certain device.

Quoting Derico (Reply 10):
These cell phones and certainly smart phones, are ruining this divide. Why people tolerate it, is beyond me (unless it is a field they trully enjoy, then I could understand).

Because they are either forced by circumstances or by their employer to be accessible or they simply choose to be connected.

For me it is effectively a digital swiss army knife in my pocket – it makes many situations in my life quite a bit simpler and often more pleasant.

I'm not dominated or terrorized by it, I simply use it when I want to.

But I agree that people should not get into technology as long as they cannot cope with it


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
People do not realize how much of their lives is being robbed.

I don't play the game. I do not have a mobile or smart phone or any other such devices and I must say I am quite happy to live - very well - without one. My home phone allows me to phone any mobiles and land lines worldwide unlimited in almost all countries. That's plenty enough for me. Hand devices can be invasive. Most people don't know how to make proper use of them, for what they care about others.

I don't know how it is in your parts of the world but here people young or old are addicted to their mobiles. They are so addicted that they don't even see the person in front of them or even less pay any attention to what is around them. They are happy to be in their own little world with their latest blackberry or i-phone same as everybody else. They refuse to communicate in the real world. They don't smile or look at what is around them. They are hooked to whatever they do with their little box, pushing their little keys or listening to music.

Not talking about all the conversations we get to hear, on the bus or train or at the supermarket, on the street, airline lounges, those who are talking loud enough so everybody can hear them. We know everything.

I like to see the world around me and I like talking to people. It now looks like a thing of the past. I have chosen not to live my life being connected to a little box. Why not choose to be different after all?

  



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

I am completely opposite of many of you. I enjoy having a device with me everywhere, that can do a lot of things. I would rather spend money on a top end smartphone than a new laptop for example, because most of the time I only have the smartphone available to me, and I like the ability to be able to check my mail often and be able to reply with as less work as possible.
I also enjoy a fully featured browser that I am able to have with me on the go. I often look things up on the internet when I am not near a computer. And sometimes when I am driving, and not completely sure about where to go, I will just activate the voice guided GPS on my phone for navigation instructions.
Also, I enjoy Spotify on my phone, which lets me listen to 15 million different songs on the go.
Also, when I take pictures, they will automatically be uploaded to an online server so I never lose them, and they will be geo-tagged as well, so I can see exactly when and where I took them.

There are many advantages of having a good smart phone. It's like a Swiss army knife, just more advanced.


User currently offlinestealthz From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5678 posts, RR: 45
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2267 times:
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Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
so I can see exactly when and where I took them.

Call me old fashioned but I am not sure I get the whole geotagging thing..

Over the last 40+years I have take something like half a million images.. probably less than 1 in a 1,000 that I could not identify the location and remember the situation the photo was taken.

As for being addicted.. I work in the call centre for a motoring organisation with responsibility for locating members so service patrols can attend and get them back on the road.
Had a member this evening in central Sydney, asked his location(kind of important if we are going to despatch assistance).. had no idea, Asked if I could hold on while he checked his GPS, sure(busiest day in months due to horrific weather but why not) ..after some time he came back with a location and after confirming we sent service provider.
I know the location he was at, in the central CBD ... if he wound down the window and looked outside he would have seen several signs identifying where he was... but no, he is of a generation that feels that if isn't displayed on the screen in your hand it can't be real!

I agree with Klaus( yeah. I know first time for everything) A good smartphone with a selection of apps that suit your requirements is like a digital SAK.
I have a Swiss army knife(more than one) ... don't use it every day but appreciate the versatlity when I have the need.
My smartphone is the same, have quite a few apps, don't use many regularly but glad when the one I need is available.



If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2250 times:

I still have only a prepaid phone, and the only reason why it is a smartphone is the Nokia GPS Navigation software coming with it. That has free worldwide maps with free updates thus to me it is superior to a Garmin or TomTom where you have to pay extra for any extra country you might want a map of. And of course, it saved me from buying another gadget just for navigational purposes - which does have its advantages.

Otherwise, I use it for a call maybe twice a month and sometimes a text message to my girlfriend to arrange for the weekly grocery shopping, total cost maybe 30 CHF a year...



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
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Quoting mandala499 (Reply 11):
I actually prefer it with these data connection... why? I don't voice calls anymore... or rarely. Voice calls are usually telesales, or important calls. The rest, goes into the chats/emails/etc

I absolutely agree. I rarely receive or place voice calls anymore, unless it's for an update on how stuff has been going with some of the closest friends. The rest (including work) is done via chat/email.

I enjoy having my top end smartphone with me (that's an iPhone 4S for me at the moment). I'm an early adopter, because that's actually the device I use most during my days. I frequently check emails/social networks/etc, read RSS feeds, or look up whatever is needed. Also, it's a perfect companion when traveling by train alone.

As Klaus and AirPacific747 put it:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 16):
For me it is effectively a digital swiss army knife in my pocket – it makes many situations in my life quite a bit simpler and often more pleasant.
Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
There are many advantages of having a good smart phone. It's like a Swiss army knife, just more advanced.

Couldn't have said it any better myself. Oh, and what's best is that everyone surrounding me seems to have caught the smartphone virus. Even my parents got their iPhones!

By the way, I've now gone as far as forcing people to either get an iPhone (and use iMessage) or buy WhatsApp if they want to text with me. Text messages are not free in Switzerland, and I'm not paying to send an old-style, 160 character long text message on a signaling channel. OTOH, most subscriptions include at least several hundreds of megabytes data traffic, making WhatsApp/iMessage texts "de facto free".



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting stealthz (Reply 19):
Call me old fashioned but I am not sure I get the whole geotagging thing..

Over the last 40+years I have take something like half a million images.. probably less than 1 in a 1,000 that I could not identify the location and remember the situation the photo was taken.

I admit, it is a bit of a gimmick, but it is kind of cool looking at a map and seeing exactly where you've been.

And another useful thing I use my phone for. When I for example am running or bicycling or whatever, I have a good app called Endomondo, that tracks my performance and tracks my route and uploads the data to the internet afterwards, so I can analyze the data once I get back home.

My cell phone plan is around 30 USD a month with practically unlimited data included and everything else included. It's really not that bad.

[Edited 2011-11-25 06:00:46]

User currently offlineDerico From Argentina, joined Dec 1999, 4302 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2242 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 14):
I wish I could say the same

Well, as they say now, "Which came first, the text or the buddy?"

I'm a classic case of this. In my generation EVERYONE texts. Everyone seems to have a lot of friends... I don't have a lot of friends. So, is that I have not so many friends because I never text them? Or is it that I don't text because I don't have so many friends to send them to??

In the end, it seems everyone has someone to text to, all day. That's all people do, stare at the screen typing or waiting for the next one. I have slowly found out, that 90% of those people are just acquaintances, or that people really text just one or two people (usally the BF/GF)... so in the end, they don't seem more social than I am. And my friends, I know they are real... do they?



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7146 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

I think it all depends on how old you are, very few older people get cellphones, or even cordless phones.

25 Post contains images swissy : My wife!!! or used to be , since I got her an I phone 4s things changed fast and she now realizes that it can make her life much easier regardless whe
26 Post contains images MadameConcorde : This is not really true. Maybe in the heck of the woods? I see all the old people here with mobile phones. These are not the rich old people with the
27 Derico : This is how it should be. No doubt a significant percentange of people can manage. Another great percentage however, have completely lost touch with
28 474218 : I have a Trac Fone that cost $14.98. I can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and take pictures. 120 minutes of use (which lasts m
29 Post contains images ER757 : I'm with you all the way. I have a fancy Blackberry but only because it was "willed" to me so to speak. My cousin lost his, bought a new one and the
30 Post contains images Klaus : Geotagging is fully automatic in modern smartphones. Nothing to do at all. Every picture you take simply gets stamped with its location. And it means
31 IMissPiedmont : I'll join the luddite parade, small as it may be. I do too but it cost me $6.59 to buy and $108.00 per year to use.
32 Post contains images okie : I went by the Sprint store just today and was looking about. I overheard a sales person showing a tablet to a customer (a pretty large device) it was
33 vikkyvik : That has never been a worry of mine. Most of my good friends have been my friends since before we all had cellphones, anyway. It's the same as with F
34 connies4ever : I don't have one, but when I move back to Winnipeg in the spring I'll likely break down, get one, and dispense with the land line. In fact, I've never
35 757mde : I don't care much about these things either, but the camera has come handy and I've learned to appreciate it (I have a basic Nokia with camera). It w
36 NoUFO : Count me in. I abandoned my cell phone about 2 years ago, actually felt a bit relieved, and I am not really missing it at all. As a matter of fact, I
37 starbuk7 : I have a cell phone that when you open it long ways it is the phone, open it sideways I can text. I know how to use the camera function if I need to,
38 L1011 : My TracFone stays in the car for emergencies only. I do not want to stay on the telephone all day. The other day when I was waiting in line at Applebe
39 Post contains images skysurfer : Howdy, I work for a major American cellphone company so I deal with cellphones allllllllllllll day long. The ironic thing is that I have possibly the
40 Klaus : I know nobody who's doing that, and I have many smartphone users around me, including myself. Such silly exaggerations are completely unrealistic.
41 Post contains images Silver1SWA : Funny. I have a brother who is resisting the smart phone and says he will keep his old simple flip phone until it is no longer supported. And you kno
42 Post contains images YokoTsuno : You're one of kind Madame . I didn't know there were cellphones without SMS function. You have not been in Singapore yet, We have a lot of cellphone a
43 Post contains images PITingres : Ok, I'll bite. I don't own a mobile (cell) phone at all. I carry around my wife's old iPhone for purposes of playing Solitare, but that's it. I work f
44 ManuCH : Waiting in line is actually one of the moments where a smartphone comes in handy. I don't think it's only me that finds waiting in line to be boring.
45 stealthz : Funny thing, I work with a group of reasonably mature adults(more baby boomer than gen x/y) who spend up to 9 hrs a day on the phone.. what do many o
46 photopilot : Yup, put me squarely in the cellphone group that uses a cellphone ONLY for voice communications. The only features that I use are the Voicemail for wh
47 Silver1SWA : If you see my post above, smartphones aren't all about the texting and tweeting. They are powerful tools.
48 jetblueguy22 : Welp looks like you found another pro Phone guy. Im constantly glued to my iPhone texting, picture messaging, emailing, tweeting, instagraming, facebo
49 AirCanada787 : My mom had an old pay-as-you-go flip phone for years and didn't even like having it. She often let the time on it expire and rarely actually used it.
50 mirrodie : To the OP: Its refreshing to hear someone your age be anti-cell phone. I dont care about them either. They Do rob you, so we use ours sparingly. Um, y
51 soon7x7 : If I had to conform to the rapid changes in smart phones and DSLR camera technologies, I would be broke. While a cell phone goes with me everywhere...
52 andz : I'm not interested in an iPhone or any touch screen phone, or a Blackberry or equivalent. I have a Nokia E52 and it does exactly what I need. I'm not
53 MoltenRock : I don't carry a cell for business any longer, I have an assistant that carries it and travels with me. He's the one responsible for communicating with
54 lhr380 : Iphone user here, and god knows what I would do with out it. News, maps, weather, my roster (saves having it on paper or having to log in to see what
55 starbuk7 : Everytime I am at a stoplight I can look to my left or right and see someone texting, walking around I see so many people walking and either talking,
56 Post contains images Silver1SWA : We have two things happening in this thread. We have people who have no smartphone experience making generalizations about smart phone users, and we
57 ALTF4 : I've got two smartphones - one for personal use and one for work. Interestingly enough, though, for my statistics class I just finished a project look
58 Post contains links Derico : So on Sunday I purposefully walked around people watching on a pedestrian avenue. For about 15 minutes, I focused on people's activities. Three women
59 DeltaMD90 : I don't see it as an umbilical cord. I go for long times without seeing my girlfriend and many good friends, and texting is a great way to stay in tou
60 HAWK21M : I would really like to NOT use a cellphone & be relaxed,but its tough....I always feel its a source of an Emergency assist.When you are needed by
61 Post contains images Ken777 : If the company needs to get ahold of him then they need to issue him a mobile phone. I'm 67 and just got a new iPhone a few months ago. (The grandson
62 flyingturtle : Still a proud user & owner of a Nokia 1600. One battery charge lasts two weeks.
63 Post contains images B6JFKH81 : Derico, I had a smart phone some years ago when I first got my promotion at work. I was in a crew of two and our responsibilities continued to skyroc
64 klaus : I really don't get what's so difficult about not enabling every possible real-time notification on a smartphone. I have mail push off, I mute it when
65 Post contains images Silver1SWA : Exactly! I'll repeat myself for a THIRD time!! Nonstop texting and other BS is NOT unique only to smartphones!! The behavior came about long before t
66 Post contains images B6JFKH81 : Not a damn thing...but I don't WANT to have the ability to check my e-mail, or surf the web, or do any of that stuff, nor do I want to pay extra mone
67 Derico : Thanks for making my point, and evening with your life story. hahaha. There is no problem... except when you are chasing the latest one, seemingly ev
68 Post contains images B6JFKH81 : Trust me, my life story is much more interesting than that LOL!!!
69 Silver1SWA : Well if you had mentioned the part about being strapped for cash and wanting to save money in the first place, instead of saying you're annoyed with
70 Post contains images klaus : Saving money is a completely different motivation from the one you presented above. And even then the most conservative option should normally have b
71 lhr380 : I have a 18 month contract, and at the end of this one, I will be upgrading my phone to the latest one, for another 18 months. It does not cost me any
72 Post contains links MadameConcorde : About spying applications on mobiles The Android developer who raised the ire of a mobile-phone monitoring company last week is on the attack again, p
73 Post contains images Ken777 : From time to time.
74 Post contains images swissy : It is not just happening with the mobiles... spying is going on with your CC's and debit cards as well... guess best is cash only and no cell Cheerio
75 stealthz : From the link posted my MadameC.. "From there, the data — including the content of text messages — is sent to Carrier IQ’s servers, in secret."
76 klaus : Carrier IQ is not your carrier but a separate spyware provider. Their name is misleading (likely intentionally).
77 Derico : I am not saying smartphones are the cause of the behavior, or that they introduced it. Anyone read my thread title??? Any cell phone can do it. Howeve
78 ALTF4 : Yet when you signed up for cell service, you signed a contract that does allow the carrier to track this data, either themselves or via a third party
79 Post contains links flyingturtle : Just remember the so-called "silent SMS". The cell phone automatically replies to such an SMS, giving away the approximate location of the cell phone
80 klaus : Incorrect. I'm one of the relatively few people who actually read the small print thoroughly before signing a nontrivial contract. My contract does n
81 ALTF4 : Actually, I think we're agreeing - just stating things differently. As you say, your carrier is not allowed to track such things by your contract - a
82 MasterBean : I've got a Nokia but I keep forgetting which number it is. I can call people and text people and tell the time. It's good for that and it stays charge
83 Asturias : I'm completely with the OP, I don't care one iota about smartphones and going a step beyond what the OP wrote, I think they're stupid *and* a waste of
84 mirrodie : Disagree. Look, at the end of the day, we evolved just fine WITHOUT cellphones. To put that sort of importance on a phone is odd IMHO. Have to say i
85 lhr380 : I like that you used the word Evolved in that sentence. The definition of that word is "To undergo gradual change; develop" which is what we as human
86 Post contains images Revelation : I was an early user of PDAs and non-internet smartphones just so I could have my calendar and address book up to date at all times. I don't see how I
87 lhr380 : Just want to expand on your reply if I may. Look at this site, and the friendships and relationships it has helped start (And end lol) I have friends
88 Revelation : Indeed. Here's my spin on things. I have an ongoing discussion with a friend of mine regarding whether one should do as much as possible to keep up w
89 type-rated : I have a cell phone as my main voice line. I retired a few years ago and I have no need for internet on my phone, stupid text messaging and other anno
90 zippyjet : I had a reply earlier in this thread. What I don't care about and actually find annoying is all the same bullshit advertising trumpetring all these ga
91 Silver1SWA : No, I'd say a smart phone is more like a pocket-sized laptop computer. You don't get a smartphone for just a phone. It's a powerful computer that you
92 Post contains images mirrodie : You've solidified my point, in fact. Necessities vs luxuries. Humans CAN indeed live and evolved w/o trains, jets, flush, etc. dont get me wrong. I l
93 lhr380 : This is why I love smartphones. I have 2 nephews I don't see as much as I would like because they live far away. I get pics and vids when I see them
94 Post contains images soon7x7 : Amen to that!...new tech is a window into your life, your world, your privacy because we have been sold on grabbing the dangling carrot. Smart phones
95 Geezer : Wow ! A lot of opinions here ! I have only had time to read the first 8 or 10 replies so far, but I'll say this..........the answer to your question i
96 Post contains images mirrodie : Oh, I hear you. Up until last spring, I hadnt seen some of my cousins in 6 years. And though they neer met my kids, they told me they felt like they;
97 lhr380 : And smartphones! The fact I can take a pic on my phone and have it online in a few clicks while still out and about is something unique to smartphone
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