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What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:51 pm

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:57 pm

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:59 pm

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
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:12 pm

You used coin phones. With the advancements of cell phones, coin phones became uncessary except for certain curmstances (like Federal Court Houses)
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:22 pm

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 ).
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:11 pm

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

Pure Bliss!
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:29 pm

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.
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:31 pm

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

Pure Bliss!

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:36 pm

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:39 pm

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.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:11 pm

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

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:14 pm

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.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:50 pm

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:35 am




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:




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




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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:56 am

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 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:01 am

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!
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:29 am

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 .
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:46 am

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.

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:57 am

The world was better back then...



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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 2:53 am

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.

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:08 am

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:31 am

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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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:45 am

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

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:55 am




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 




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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:55 am

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.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 11:35 am

Quoting Cairo (Reply 19):
the availability of a cell phone would eliminate a major plot point.

not least those comedy things about people struggling about access to a phone-booth, or the "cut" telephone-lines making contact to the outside impossible

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 21):
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".

No they were NOT ! People being late by 30 minutes or more usually had an explanation ready upon arrival . And those BELOW 30 minutes simply started a conversation about the traffic getting uglier by the day in these times.
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 12:56 pm

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 can't drive, but she sure can blabber into her cell.

From there, go to a grocery store, a bank, a mall... You sure will find a housewife blabbering while ensuring that everything being done takes much longer, as they do not listen to what the clerk says...

Let's go watch a movie now. They run that ad telling people to switch off their cell phones. Ooooopsie, someone is too important and hates the inconvenience of putting down the gallon of soda, to take the cell out of the pocket and to turn it off...

Now we are on an airplane. You will always find some moron who has to blabber while a flight attendant tells him to turn that thing off. Unfortunately he does not hear that, because he has to tell some other moron that he is on a plane and that the flight attendant wants him to turn the cell off, so let's better get down to business soon...

We are now at a cafe. It takes 10 minutes to get to the counter to grab a cup of coffee, because another housewive is just keeping traffic slow while blabbering, then we finally get our cup and sit down - there is somebody else on the phone...

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:00 pm

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



Quoting Planespotting (Thread starter):
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.

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 watch, known as an alarm clock.

If one needed to make a phone call, they could use another incredible invention known as the phone booth, now a rarity. It had four purposes, conducting conversations over the telephone, affordable housing for the homeless, public bathroom, and time travel machine. I have yet to make the time travel feature work, but if Bill and Ted could do it, I have confidence I will one day figure it out.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:22 am

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 used to use in Saved by the Bell
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Tue Apr 04, 2006 8:48 am

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 remember going to Montreal for a weekend. First thing that got my attention was that EVERY OTHER person on the street would talk on the cell phone.

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 6):
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

Same thing was in Poland, only people who registered with the company at least 10 years before were elegeble to get phone at home.
I was one of the lucky people to get the home phone in mid 80s (my parents waited 8 years). We got it two years earlier because my father was in the military and had to have phone at home.

I've got my first cell phone in 1999 from MCI Wirelessthieves. Free minutes from midnight to 6am Big grin I didn't use it a lot, but I felt safer driving alone long distances (or to new places) because I knew that if something happened to my car I could call road side assistance - without backtracking few miles to find nearest reast area.

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:26 am


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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:30 am

Quoting TuffGong (Reply 28):
This one here reminds me of the one Zack Morris used to use in Saved by the Bell

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 Morris!
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:38 am

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 other gadgets like camera, and music and video -- it's a phone.

Now, I can remember what I did before internet, but I can get impatient without high speed. I can get tolerate with dial-up but when there is no internet it seems I end up doing something else.

I cannot survive without my music though. Big grin
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:22 am

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 worrying about minutes, overages, etc. for a phone that doesn't really work all that well, even one bundled with a cheap digicam or mp3/video player.

The number of occasions where I have thought "damn, I wish I had a cell phone" does not warrant (in my mind) the expense or bother.

I agree with those above complaining about people who seem to have these things glued to their ears. What do these people have to talk about for hours on end?
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:30 am

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 be disturbed by mindless chitchat.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 4:38 am

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

Pure Bliss!

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Set the Wayback Machine to about 1990... maybe 1995.

Quoting Smokescreen (Reply 33):
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 worrying about minutes, overages, etc. for a phone that doesn't really work all that well, even one bundled with a cheap digicam or mp3/video player.

The number of occasions where I have thought "damn, I wish I had a cell phone" does not warrant (in my mind) the expense or bother.

This 40 year old feels the same way.  checkmark 
Not to mention the number of times I've been on the receiving end of dropped calls due to somebody's cell phone battery either dying or the region they're located at having either a weak or no signal to the nearest cell tower. Extremely annoying. To add insult to injury, many of these individuals are the ones recommending that I get a cell phone. Why? So I can experience dropped calls too?

Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 22):
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.

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Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
There was an institution called "Public Phone Box" on most street corners.

Actually, in the States (at least the East Coast, anyway) most of the phone booths were replaced with the cheaper-to-maintain phone stands at least 20 years ago. The downside w/these stands (vs. the booths) are that one isn't protected from the weather elements (on an outdoor phone) and the level of privacy is compromised.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:01 am

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 31):
the large brick style

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's
phone-camera-mp3 player-news update-stock prices babies can't find a dial tone.
Greatly agree with people who wish everyone would be discrete in their use of their phones. Was having breakfast with my wife in a restautant in ORH a year ago, while three business types were using a c-phone to hold a conference call. They spelled out..in detail..their business plan..and even
who they planned to fire in the next couple of months. Wanted..oh so badly..to walk over and either introduce myself as a competitor...or a relative of one of the people they planned to axe. Wife talked me out of it...
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 5:06 am

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.. especially when i just got my £130 O2 rewards (10% back on topups between Jan-Mar) Big grin

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 6:47 am

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:

1) Communication

2) Public Theatre. Look everybody, somebody wants to call me or me them!

3) Removal from the real world. It's a way of detaching yourself from your present environment.

They are a great invention but there is a time and a place and a bus, train or aircraft just isn't the right place.

There is/was nothing wrong with pubic telephone boxes.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:44 am

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, and call our secretary. And things got settled right away.

Today we can at any point call home on the cell phone, but there is no secretary any longer. After fifteen minutes music we get connected to call center Bob in India.

Therefore, today we hunt down an internet hot spot at a service station or restaurant or such, and send an email. And hunt down another internet hot spot an hour later to see that there is still no reply. Because the people back home are spending 90% of their time on creating and watching each other's PowerPoint presentations, and the rest on fighting their spam when their Windows hasn't crashed yet and the mail server isn't being rebuilt after a virus attack.

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:59 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 13):
That was the worst! Let's see, I need to dial 897-0080:

Wow, I remember having to go through and operator to get the call made like they did on the Andy Griffith Show.

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

Again, you called the operator, gave her the number you wanted and hung up. She called you back when she had made the connection. Remember Pink Floyds "The Wall"? "Hello this is the United States calling" click "They keep hanging up!".

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 26):
What did housewives annoy the rest of world with back then?

The party line.

I remember the first time my daughter saw an old rotary type phone and asked me how it worked! lol After I showed her, her comment was, "that would take forever!"

How many remember a phone with a set length of cord between the phone and the handset, not a stretch cord but a fixed length? We had one of those for years. You were tied to within about a 2 foot distance of the phone. I remember my Dad timing us while we said hello to Grandma who only lived about 60 miles away. Long distance back then was a big thing. Do you remember mobile phones before cell phones? My Dad had a friend that had one in his car. Everyone thought he was rich.

One point in favor of cell phones. Both my daughters have them and it has helped us locate them several times and let us come to there aid several times as well. Nothing major but somebodies Mom got the pickup time wrong ect.
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:32 am

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 40):
Again, you called the operator, gave her the number you wanted and hung up. She called you back when she had made the connection.

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 of his village, I ordered his phone number 16.

The operator said: "I will give you number 7 instead which is the pub. I saw Mr. Andersen pass by my window five minutes ago on his way to his afternoon tea in the pub". And then she added: "But be prepared that I may intercept the call because the doctor is also in the pub, and Mrs. Smith at the baker is about giving birth".

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:47 am

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 40):
I remember the first time my daughter saw an old rotary type phone and asked me how it worked! lol After I showed her, her comment was, "that would take forever!"

Remember the female secretaries using a pencil to dial? Big grin

Quoting Gilligan (Reply 40):
Do you remember mobile phones before cell phones? My Dad had a friend that had one in his car. Everyone thought he was rich.

There used to be a shop around in Berlin where those with small d*cks could buy a fake car phone to show off. Only problem was if they offered somebody a lift and this person wanted to make a short phone call....  blush   smirk 

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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:47 am

Quoting Prebennorholm (Reply 41):
The operator said: "I will give you number 7 instead which is the pub.

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 since she had to call the beauty shop to make her appointment! lol
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:52 pm

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 radios installed in their cars for communication back to the office. They would radio back to the office if they got a listing, or a sale. They still had to search for a phone box however, if they got a message to call a client. Couldn't imagine this sort of info being transmitted over open airwaves now with privacy laws........
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:07 pm

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 cellphone is rather pleasant, I use my Ericsson R290 on
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:20 am

Quoting Alessandro (Reply 45):
an old-time ericophone

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
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:38 am

Quoting Nudelhirsch (Reply 26):
Freedom of speech is sure fine, but people have the right to remain silent, USE THAT RIGHT!!!

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Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 35):
The downside w/these stands (vs. the booths) are that one isn't protected from the weather elements (on an outdoor phone) and the level of privacy is compromised.

But at least you won't have some crazy sniper aiming at you  Smile
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:46 am

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 ARP (Autoradiopuhelin) public network at 160 MHz could be heard. Or more exactly one of the parties could be heard, and fragmentarily. A 70s blabbering is the same as a 2000s blabbering, only briefer, I can testify.
A while later this guy appered on the TV:

I only later realised that his going "gimme three-six-doublefive-oh-one-two-seven-niner" over his car telephone was meant to seriously impress people.
 
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RE: What It Was Like Without Cell Phones

Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:56 am

Quoting Melpax (Reply 44):
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 radios installed in their cars for communication back to the office. They would radio back to the office if they got a listing, or a sale. They still had to search for a phone box however, if they got a message to call a client. Couldn't imagine this sort of info being transmitted over open airwaves now with privacy laws........

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 and adresses were coded. The dispatcher would give you a code name and you would look the real adress up in a list.

Jan

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