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Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:02 am

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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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:16 am

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!
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:27 am

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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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:30 am

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………

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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:38 am

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:42 am

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.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:47 am

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)
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:13 am

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.
 
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:02 am

I'm with you 100%; but since I am way OLDER than most ppl on here maybe thats to be be expected of    LOL
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:08 am

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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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:06 am

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.

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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:13 am

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.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:55 am

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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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:47 am

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:02 am

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.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:03 am

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
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:15 am

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:32 am

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.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:01 pm

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.
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:52 pm

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:53 pm

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:59 pm

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.

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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:04 pm

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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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:31 pm

I think it all depends on how old you are, very few older people get cellphones, or even cordless phones.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:36 pm

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 where she is at the moment. She uses the phone mostly for calls, email, txt via whats app and surfing the web...

I use mine as a extension to my laptop...more mobile, at home I use the computer....

We do not use all these social sites at all

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Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:42 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 24):
I think it all depends on how old you are, very few older people get cellphones, or even cordless phones.

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 Rolls Royces and Bentleys. They are the average folks riding the trains and busses.

Their motto is that they want to have the mobiles in case they have an accident or something happens to them on the street or to call their relatives or children in case they need to do it while they are outside. They mostly have simple mobiles, but I also see a good number of them with the latest smart phones - i-phones and blackberrys.

I am talking about 70+ folks not the 50+.

Most people are now depending on mobiles. They don't seem to remember -- these old people -- that there was a time when mobiles did not exist and everybody had to go about their own lives and business without them.

 
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:08 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 16):
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.

This is how it should be. No doubt a significant percentange of people can manage. Another great percentage however, have completely lost touch with situational usage, there are times where you are not SUPPOSED to use it. I went on a day trip not long ago... Literally, when the guide asked half the people (younger crowd), what they thought of the trip up to the mountain valley they said "I was on my phone texting, and if the signal went down, I played games".

On the other hand, I contemplated the wine fields, the glacier river, the canyons and the mountain peaks... Maybe it sound too poetic, but this is the kind of stuff I mean. My generation is losing touch with the real, touchable world.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 16):
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?

I didn't use that word anywhere, much less for music.


Quoting Klaus (Reply 16):
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.




I don't have trouble at all here. When I want to talk or maybe listen to music (when I get a capable phone), mobile seems perfect. When I want to surf the net, send an e-mail, watch a movie or check my bank account... I SIT DOWN, and do so. On a cell phone, fine, but sit down. Otherwise, a laptop for me. Perfect excuse for a cup of chocolate.

A wise man once said "Option is freedom, until there's so much it takes us all day to make them". When you let so many options and features get the best of you, and this does happen to many, then you are not choosing. You are letting choice choose you.

Composing an e-mail as you are thinking about the text you just received, while listening to your new fav song as you try not to miss the scene you missed last time from that movie because you had a phone call... While you are supposed to be walking on the sidewalk in the city... hmmm... At that point "El que abarca mucho aprieta poco". Too bad there is no english equivalent to that saying. Basically, if you try to be a jack of all trades, you end up being wise in nothing.

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Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:02 pm

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 me more than three months) costs $19.98, no contract or monthly bill!

So for what most people pay a month I get a full year of service!
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:16 pm

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'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 original was returned, so he gave it to me. Took took SIM card out of my very basic Samsung cell phone, put it in the Blackberry and I'm good to go. I don't care about all the stuff it does - as for text, the next one I send will be my first   I am sure this is a generational thing, but I just don't get texting. If you've got the phone in your hand why not just call the person instead of typing in a message? Reminds me of kids passing notes in school.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:48 pm

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.

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, for instance, that in a capable picture program you can check the places you've been on a map, select a place and immediately see all the pictures you've ever taken there, regardless how many different visits you may have made.

It can be very cumbersome to find a specific shot in a specific place otherwise.

On the other hand, there may be special situations when you want to explicitly remove the location tag when sharing pictures publically.

Quoting Derico (Reply 27):
Another great percentage however, have completely lost touch with situational usage, there are times where you are not SUPPOSED to use it. I went on a day trip not long ago... Literally, when the guide asked half the people (younger crowd), what they thought of the trip up to the mountain valley they said "I was on my phone texting, and if the signal went down, I played games".

Sounds a lot like people tagging along on a trip they hadn't been too keen on going in the first place. Distractions change, but basic behaviour not so much.
 
Quoting Derico (Reply 27):
My generation is losing touch with the real, touchable world.

That complaint is at least as old as the printing press, and likely even older than that…!   

Quoting Derico (Reply 27):
I didn't use that word anywhere, much less for music.

Actually, you did:

Quoting Derico (Reply 2):
And I see it: idiots texting and walking, or taking picture after picture...

 
Quoting ER757 (Reply 29):
If you've got the phone in your hand why not just call the person instead of typing in a message? Reminds me of kids passing notes in school.

When I call someone, I force them to respond immediately, which can be disruptive. A text message is less disruptive and a response is easier to postpone.

Most calls are effectively utility communication, not deeply emotional or philosophical exchanges. And using the appropriate medium for the respective need at hand simply makes sense.
 
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:52 pm

I'll join the luddite parade, small as it may be.

Quoting 474218 (Reply 28):
have a Trac Fone that cost $14.98. I can make and receive calls, send and receive text messages

I do too but it cost me $6.59 to buy and $108.00 per year to use.
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:57 pm

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 playing music and commenting that it also works as a cell phone.

My deranged imagination jumped in that we have de-evolved back to the "boom box" carried on the shoulder that works like a phone as well. 

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Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:15 pm

Quoting Derico (Reply 23):
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??

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 Facebook or whatever else.
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:51 pm

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 used one: don't really know how.
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:36 pm

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 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 was very useful when someone crashed me and then moved the car and would not admit it was her fault, I managed to get the pictures, showed them to the transit police and voila.

I have never liked talking on the phone much (be it classic wired phone or cell phone), so I actually tend to text a lot and it's helpful as well. Things like "I am on my way" "Traffic jam I will be delayed a bit", stuff like that...
Sometimes I have had the need to have quick access to my email, which my phone can't do, but it's been so few times that I still don't feel it's worth to make the change.

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
I was wondering if anyone in this forum (unlikely since it's geek skewed), shares the sentiment.

With the little exceptions noted above, I am 100% with you regarding smartphones.
I have a car, but I use public transport a lot too, so I have an iPod touch just because I can't bear the commercial radio stations buses tend to tune here.

Quoting Rabenschlag (Reply 15):
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.

Same thing!
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Fri Nov 25, 2011 10:02 pm

Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
I was wondering if anyone in this forum (unlikely since it's geek skewed), shares the sentiment.

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 believe that one of the saddest thing that can be said about our society is that a gizmo like a phone can actually create some sort of a hype.

Another thing is that I am hard of hearing and have a hearing aid. Over the past years screens on cell phones have gone bigger while the earpieces got smaller and now have about the size of a match. Try balancing that thing on hearing aid's microphone the size of the head of a pin. So I would basically need a headphone, a 'real' one, not those in-ear headphones obviously, and I would rather not run around with a headphone around my neck. I might be a geek but I don't wish to look like one.

Oh, and I can do without facebook and twitter, too.
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:12 pm

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, that is about it.

I do not need an iphone or droid, my simple phone does what I need it to do, I do not need to spend half of my day playing with a phone.
 
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Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:59 pm

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 Applebee's, everybody else in line had a cell phone in their hand. This morning I was behind somebody in my car, and when the green arrow for a left turn came on, the car at the front of the line didn't move. Most likely they were so absorbed with their phone call that they didn't notice the traffic light. All I have is voice communication and text capability, and I never text. It is there in case my car breaks down, and to call hotel shuttles from airports. It's also nice to have in case of a flight irregularity so I can call the airline instead of waiting in a long customer service line. Other than that, I can live without it.

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Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:47 pm

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 oldest phone known to man and then get asked every question under the sun about smartphones!
Whilst I admit there's 2-3 awesome smartphones out there I can't honestly see myself ever needing one as all I use mine for now is to text. While iPhones are generally excellent i'm more of a 'Droid fan and i'd pay anyone to stay away from a MyTouch (unless it's the new LG) and *ALL* Blackberry's!

Anyways, it keeps me in a job for now so keep buying to your heart's content  

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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:32 am

Quoting starbuk7 (Reply 37):
I do not need an iphone or droid, my simple phone does what I need it to do, I do not need to spend half of my day playing with a phone.

I know nobody who's doing that, and I have many smartphone users around me, including myself.

Such silly exaggerations are completely unrealistic.
 
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:31 am

Quoting starbuk7 (Reply 37):
I do not need an iphone or droid, my simple phone does what I need it to do, I do not need to spend half of my day playing with a phone.

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 know what? He's on that thing more than half the day, texting almost 24/7!

I think it's funny when people adamantly refuse the smart phones. I used to be that way. I used to say all the time, I want a phone where the primary feature isnt anything but the call feature. I thought iPhones were ridiculous. And now I own one, and I LOVE it. It's a real life changer, and I don't mean in a bad way. Sure people walk around like drones locked into their phones, but not everyone who owns a smart phone is like that.

Things I love about my iPhone...

-Have a question? ANYTHING at all? Boom! Google it, question answered in a few seconds. Came in handy last minute recently when I needed a refresher course on how to tie a tie!
-Hungry? What's in the area... BOOM! There's an app for that.
-Looking for a good happy hour? There's an app for that.
-Need directions? I have a route laid out in 20 seconds.
-Need to check my bank statement or pay a bill away from the computer? There's an app for that. Done in less than two minutes.
-Hear a song and want to know what it is? There's an app that will listen and pull up the song for you in itunes. Amazing.
-Bought a car earlier this year. Having access to various information helped give me the upper hand in the negotiation process.
-I work outdoors...being able to pull up a real-time weather map helps me prepare for whatever is coming.
-Here's one y'all should like...flight tracking! Doing some spotting? What's on approach? Hey, looky there! I can see thanks to various apps and websites.

The list goes on and on an on! The power smart phones bring to the palm of your hand anywhere and everywhere is incredible. Embrace it!

*Typed and posted using my iPhone.  

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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:41 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 17):
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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Quoting Derico (Thread starter):
I have text because it came free, otherwise would have declined it.
I didn't know there were cellphones without SMS function.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 40):
I know nobody who's doing that, and I have many smart phone users around me, including myself.
You have not been in Singapore yet, We have a lot of cellphone addicts here.


I don't give a damn about cellphones and have an old Sony-Ericsson without camera and fading display colours. This often makes me laughing stock with my friends. Also a bit ironic since the nature of my job allows me to get a hand on the latest cellphones and mobile devices on the market, many which include features and technology that are not even on the market yet.
 
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:52 am

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 from home. If I'm home, I answer the phone. If I'm not home, I can't help you anyway (because the computer is at home, duh), so there's no point in my having a cell phone just to say "Sorry, I can't help you, call me when I get home." I recognize that my situation is perhaps unusual and I don't look down on the masses who are required to carry mobiles to implement their servile existence.  

My kids have tried to explain to me why I'm wrong and I need to be reachable by phone at any minute of the day, but their explanations don't make sense and until they do I'm not having any of it.

Edited to add: to prevent any confusion, let me make it clear that my gameboy, er I mean the (original) iPhone, has no valid service plan and is only usable as a 5x3 computing device. Which destiny it fulfills quite nicely; it's a remarkable bit of tech. I just have no interest in using it as an on-demand communications leg-iron.

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Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:49 am

Quoting L1011 (Reply 38):
I do not want to stay on the telephone all day. The other day when I was waiting in line at Applebee's, everybody else in line had a cell phone in their hand.

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. With your smartphone, you can make that wait less boring. Don't see anything wrong with that.
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:55 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 40):
I know nobody who's doing that, and I have many smartphone users around me, including myself.

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 of them spend their break time doing?
Yep, straight on the phone..or texting.. or FaceBook.

Me, I have a smartphone, make a few calls a day, sometimes check email. Biggest use is listening to music while commuting, perhaps check news etc whil waiting for train or bus... but then I spend less time waiting now as here in Sydney there are apps that give such accurate public transport information that I spend far less time waiting for transport than I used to!
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:33 pm

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 when I can't answer it, and it's nice to be able to store names/numbers of people I need to call. But I do not text at all, nor feel the need to.
Personally, I think Smart Phones are a DUMB idea. These people who need to be tweeting and texting 24/7 really need to get a life that includes Personal Interaction... not bits and bytes.
 
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Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:50 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 46):

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 when I can't answer it, and it's nice to be able to store names/numbers of people I need to call. But I do not text at all, nor feel the need to.
Personally, I think Smart Phones are a DUMB idea. These people who need to be tweeting and texting 24/7 really need to get a life that includes Personal Interaction... not bits and bytes.


If you see my post above, smartphones aren't all about the texting and tweeting. They are powerful tools.
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:20 pm

Welp looks like you found another pro Phone guy. Im constantly glued to my iPhone texting, picture messaging, emailing, tweeting, instagraming, facebooking etc. Its kind of a curse but I love it because it means I can stay in touch with my friends back home a lot. So much so that it will almost be like we haven't missed a beat when I get home. Though not all in my household share this curse. My stepfather for years put off getting a blackberry because he had seen how his family became glued to them. Finally in September he broke down and got one. Said it was the best think professionally that he's done. He said there is so much he can get done while waiting at the airport or even just sending the family a text while traveling to check in. People look at them like bad things, but they can help people become more efficient and keep in touch. He's not addicted yet, but we are sure he will soon join his wife and stepsons in becoming crackberry (crack iphone) addicts.
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RE: Who Here Does Not Care About Cell Phones?

Sun Nov 27, 2011 10:49 pm

Quoting swissy (Reply 25):
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 where she is at the moment. She uses the phone mostly for calls, email, txt via whats app and surfing the web...

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. She however needed a new phone when her old one finally, pretty much died and she decided to upgrade to a iPhone 4. She now loves it, she texts and even emails from it. She actually emails a lot more often now than she has it than she did before. Both me and my brother are living in a different city from her and she says its much easier to get in contact with us just to ask a quick question or something via texting.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 26):
I see all the old people here with mobile phones. These are not the rich old people with the Rolls Royces and Bentleys. They are the average folks riding the trains and busses.

Their motto is that they want to have the mobiles in case they have an accident or something happens to them on the street or to call their relatives or children in case they need to do it while they are outside. They mostly have simple mobiles, but I also see a good number of them with the latest smart phones - i-phones and blackberrys.

My grandparents who are in their 70s have a cell phone. They still are in good health and live out on lakefront property in the country where many of our family members have cottages. Since they are about an hour from the nearest city they are often on the road travelling for appointments, shopping, or their weekly volunteer activities in the city at the hospital. They don't use it often, but in an emergency they would have it which is good to know in particular when they are out travelling in the winter.
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