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Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:36 pm

Ok guys its been a year since this has been last disscussed according to the search but i want to know what you guys think of cell phones. Over time i have heard both sides of opinions and i want to stay out of this discussion to keep it non biased
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:39 pm

I don't like them at all!
They are over used.
I is very annoying to her some chick yapping on the bus on her phone about her test results from the free clinic.
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 3:50 pm

Oh and one more thing to spice up this discussion. THis applys to cell phone users and owners. WHat would you do in these situations. Here are your choices A. awnser the call but tell them you are busy. B Awbser the call and have a lenthy conversation but leave the room or area C.Apologize and either turn the phone off or silence the call and let the voice mail get it.

1.You are at diner with your family but it is not to formal
2.You are driving with your friends family in the car
3.You are at diner with your friends family
4.With a group of friends at the mall of friends at dinner
6.On some sort of mass transit
7.While in line in a busy store or establishment
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 4:03 pm

Whenever you are in a situation where it is improper and downright rude to have a phone conversation... turn off the damn phone and let the voice mail get it. Pretty simple.

I think there is a place for cell phones. It is handy to have if you are always on the road. In case you get a flat and need to call the motor club or you are away from the office or home a lot and need to keep in touch for business or personal reasons.

But today I was in Albertson's doing my usual Sunday grocery shopping and some dude, couldn't have been older than me was walking around with his basket in one hand and the cell phone in the other. Now I am thinking why do you need to have a conversation in the first place while grocery shopping. I can imagine how it went though.

"Hey dude, sup."
"Not much, how bout you?"
"Pretty good, still a little hungover from last night. Where you at?"
"Dude do they got Count Chocula there?"
"Ummm... lemme check. Anyways did you see that girl last night that was working on me?"
"Yeah, she was pretty hot. Get her digits?"
"No, too drunk to remember them. Hey do you like Cap'n Crunch?"
"Which kind, the normal kind or the kind with those crunch berries?"
"The regular kind."
"They're ok... dude you find the Count Chocula?"
"No man... they don't have any this week."
"Damn... ok later dude."

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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 5:56 pm

The key is to have one but don't give the number to more than 5 people. Your wife, kids, boss, secretary, and that is IT.

I find it very useful to have one when you are out doing errands, because you can always call ahead to your next stop to confirm that they will be there. Also, I travel a lot, and having a GSM cell phone is terific when you are in another country.

But cell phones are meant basically for urgent stuff, like:
"I can't find your place, can you meet me here?"
"I'm going to be a little late"

and stuff like that. There is no reason for a cell phone conversation to last more than a minute or two. And for conversations like that, I don't mind overhearing someone's phone call, because I can tell it was needed.

What I can't stand is when people yak on the cell phone about nothing, like DesertJets' example. Those are also probably those who don't pay the phone bill.

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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 6:45 pm

I don't have a land line phone so my only phone is a cell phone. The price per month is just too close to that of a land line so I don't bother. $35 per month takes care of all of my phone needs including long distance. It is especially nice for me because I go back and forth between here and my parents' place a lot and it doesn't matter where I am when placing a call or where that call is being placed to. Plus it is a good peace of mind thing to have it with you and there's no such thing as waiting around for a call. Plus I don't wear a watch and it's nice having the time and date always displayed on it.

Anyway, about the useage opinions, I try to make sure it is a appropriate moment to be talking on the phone.

1.You are at diner with your family but it is not to formal
response: leave dinner table to take the call unless I know it is unimportant. Ringer probabably stays on normal.

2.You are driving with your friends family in the car
response: I almost never ever ride in a car with my friends' families, but I'd probably recieve the call if it was a boring car ride. Ringer stays on normal.

3.You are at diner with your friends family
response: Ringer goes to vibrate and I would discretely check the caller id to see if it was an important call. I would ask be excused from the dinner table if and only if I knew it was an important call and I wouldn't say why I was leaving.

4.With a group of friends at the mall
response: recieve the call almost all of the time of friends at dinner
response: depends on setting. Fast food joint- recieve call. Nicer restaurant- screen it.

6.On some sort of mass transit
response: recieve the call. I don't know these people and I don't give a shit.

7.While in line in a busy store or establishment
response: Too vague. K-mart- recieve call. Dillards- screen it depending on how loud the atmosphere is. If it's loud in there and a phone conversation won't spoil the mood, recieve call.

One thing I don't like is when people have a double standard for noise tolerance for cell phone users. I was at work place (not on duty) using the computers and I recieved a call. The ringer was on vibrate so there was no annoying ringer. At my work we have two computer labs. The one upstairs is just a room with computers. The one downstairs has a sligtly smaller number of computers and also a lot of office and conference space for student groups. It is the busier one and people are in and out of there all the time. There is a lot of background noise. Since it is the more informal of the two labs, many students work in groups on projects so there is a lot of conversation from that too. I was in the downstairs one. Anyway, these people were telling me I was rude for being on the phone. My response was, no, sorry, if you want absolute peace and quiet, use the lab upstairs where it generally is quiet or go to the library computer center where it is expected that there is quiet and I pointed out that there is all kinds of other noise in that room all the time. I didn't tell them that many many other people use cell phones in that room because I didn't want to explain that I work there and know that for a fact. They funny part is that my friend was working there and so I sent an e-mail across the room asking him to call my phone to piss these people off. I turned my ringer back on and my friend got the message and looked at me with an ear-to-ear grin and called my phone to set the ringer off. Ha! That was funny because since I had just told them off they were too stupified to say anything else about it. I let that damn thing ring and ring saying "well if you don't want me on the phone I guess I won't answer it". And another thing that was cool was that someone else across the way's phone rang a little while after that and I was like "how about you go tell them they need to get off the phone!" Got those assholes.

Anyway, let me share my theory why many people get annoyed by cell phone users. When two people have a conversation in public, it's obvious what the conversation is about if you are in earshot of it and so there's nothing to figure out and you can tune it out in a few seconds. A cell phone conversation you can only hear one half of and so, since people are naturally nosy, it requires concentration to try to figure out what you are hearing about and so you're stuck listening to what is probably some boring phone conversation.
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 10:34 pm

I like cell phones. I think that cell phones is one of the best thing that came out of the 20th Century!!!!!
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Mon Jun 25, 2001 10:51 pm

On more than one occasion I have had to physically restrain myself from ramming a cell phone up some inconsiderate dolts ass! Mostly while driving. I have never had a phone call that was SOOOOO important that it necessitated endangering myself and all those driving around me. When you are in your car, put them the f**k away!!!
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:59 am

I think that cell phones serve a good purpose... I got mine when I started working at Delta. Since I never spent a weekend in Atlanta, and did a ton of traveling, my cellphone allowed people to stay in touch with me without knowing my travel plans. Likewise, now that I'm back at school, my students can call me no mater where I am, even if I'm out on a King Air trip or something, so I am always available to them. Like Mls515, I did not have a landline in Atlanta - my cellphone was my only phone. Now, I do have a landline because I have 2 roommates, so our apartment is hooked up, but I only use it for local and toll-free calls - any long distance calls I place, including calling my family or just chatting with friends who are not in West Lafayette, are made on my cell.

Cfalk - Why do you assume those people don't pay their own bills? Unlike just a few years back, cell phones today can be incredibly affordable. For as little as $35, you can have 1500-2500 minutes of use, including long distance if you buy the right plans. 1500 minutes is nearly an hour a day... what's wrong with using the phone for idle conversation if you're paying for that much time anyway?
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RE: Opinions On Cell Phones

Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:02 pm

I like Cell Phones,I have One..
But,Did you know that if you used it way too much they can give you CANCER ?

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