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Ugg im in LaSalle/Peru ILL tonight i have T-Mobile and god help me Verizon Bute my Toungh ever try to servive with no Cell phoneand to top it off my log book is down guess what that
dam thing runs on Verizon so when totL SIGNAL CRASH EVERYTHING CRASHED THANK GOD FOR WIFI AT THE TRUCK STOP OR MY WIFE WOULD BE IN PANICING BY NOW SO ANYWAY my only chance to to logo into truck stop wifi thank god for FLYING j OK MY WIFE LET ME GET NEW DIAPPERS FOR BED AND ITS PAST TIME FOR BABY TIME HAVE A GREAT KNIGHT AKLFORCED TO MOVE TO COMPUTER

both Verizon and T-Mobil services is down here its like my life is over ugggggg nite home for better day tomorrow
 
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My phone broke a couple years ago and the time I was waiting for a replacement (about a week) was some of the best tie I’ve had in a while.

I hate that I’m dependent on this little device for so many things, and wish I was strong enough to cut it out of my life.
 
Uh...I was born in 1966. I lived without a cellphone for 35+ years. It wouldn't be hard to go back to rotary and push button wall mounts.

" It Wouldn't Be Hard to Go Back"

I remember the days when you knew all the essential phone numbers and you used a phone book and the yellow pages to look up phone numbers. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when you could pop into a phone booth and dial "0" for an operator to get assistance or make a call. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when it was a wrong number, not a telemarketer or a text by some unknown number. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when my hands were free and I had one less thing to stick in my pocket or carry on me. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when I could leave my house without the thought of forgetting my phone. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when a telephone sat on a table or hung on the wall and not on your person. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when my mother would yell out the door to summon we kids in for dinner or in for the night.
It wouldn't be hard to go back.
 
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I live WITH my cell phone only because I have to--can't afford both a land line and a cell phone and I would prefer a land line. There are times when I like to NOT be available--and sometimes I just mute my cell phone and deal with voice mails later on. Courtesy and consideration for others seems to have vanished when some people talk on their phones; I don't really care to hear all the details of whatever you're discussing with the other party--at the top of your lungs. I don't really enjoy being ignored by the person I am having dinner with because he/she answers or initiates 5 or 6 calls during the hour we are together for the meal. I could go on and on, but I suspect everyone can come up with their own horror stories/ experiences.

Yes, there are certainly stories where a cell phone is literally life-saving and there are many valid reasons for having a cell phone, but a certain balance in life could be very beneficial. Just some random thoughts for folks to chew on...
 
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From one search it seems like the first touchscreen phone was made in 1992. But once Apple came out with the iPhone in 2007, well, no going back.
 
I could go back ... hell I remember when our town had and operator who put your calls through, we were on a party line.
 
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I do sometimes long for the simpler days before cell phones. My parents always lagged when it came to technology. I’ll never forget when one of my friends from school was visiting, mid 80’s, and said he needed to call his mom if he was going to stay longer. “Sure,” I said, and directed him toward the phone. He was back moments later. “Uhhh…How do I use that?” It was a rotary phone. By then all my friends had the pushbutton sort.

But now my smartphone is my only phone. I have satellite internet and a landline would be yet another monthly payment. I can’t stand all these vampiric monthly payments, so I make WiFi calls through Starlink using my iPhone. Totally solid, no complaints.

Well, except that I’m married to this damned iPhone more than ever now!
 
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I had mine die last year and because of all the chip shortages it took me about a month to get a new one.
I'm not someone who is on mine all the time, but it was definitely unsettling not having one. I don't have a landline, so it's basically my only actual phone in an emergency situation. Driving in particular felt perilous. What if you get in a wreck, or even just get lost.
It was an interesting experience, kinda like trying to remember the world pre-internet. I was alive back when having a cell phone was a luxury and not at all common and we all managed just fine, but now I feel naked without one.
 
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I had mine die last year and because of all the chip shortages it took me about a month to get a new one.
I'm not someone who is on mine all the time, but it was definitely unsettling not having one. I don't have a landline, so it's basically my only actual phone in an emergency situation. Driving in particular felt perilous. What if you get in a wreck, or even just get lost.
It was an interesting experience, kinda like trying to remember the world pre-internet. I was alive back when having a cell phone was a luxury and not at all common and we all managed just fine, but now I feel naked without one.
I have to agree - society has become rather reliant on these mini-computers. I've seen kids who looked about 8-10 with their own phones.

Not including the amount of very young children I see with tablets.
 
I could probably go with out mine since for me my phone is only for sub emergency calls (very rarely texts) and lastly as a hotspot for my tablet for easy/ cheap internet.
So yeah I could 100% live life with out it since it's only to cover emergencys or give me internet whenever but at that point in time there is no real reason to not use my phone since it's not like I'm on it all the time and it is helpful for like 5% of my day to day life.

Pretty sure I'm just odd though since I'm only 26 hahah, think my phone will always be calls and texts only. (Well and hotspot since being able to use my tablet like a PC when I'm outside is pretty helpful)
 
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Ugg im in LaSalle/Peru ILL tonight i have T-Mobile and god help me Verizon Bute my Toungh ever try to servive with no Cell phoneand to top it off my log book is down guess what that
dam thing runs on Verizon so when totL SIGNAL CRASH EVERYTHING CRASHED THANK GOD FOR WIFI AT THE TRUCK STOP OR MY WIFE WOULD BE IN PANICING BY NOW SO ANYWAY my only chance to to logo into truck stop wifi thank god for FLYING j OK MY WIFE LET ME GET NEW DIAPPERS FOR BED AND ITS PAST TIME FOR BABY TIME HAVE A GREAT KNIGHT AKLFORCED TO MOVE TO COMPUTER

both Verizon and T-Mobil services is down here its like my life is over ugggggg nite home for better day tomorrow
Dang spell check maybe should do better proof reading sorry folks
 
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Uh...I was born in 1966. I lived without a cellphone for 35+ years. It wouldn't be hard to go back to rotary and push button wall mounts.

" It Wouldn't Be Hard to Go Back"

I remember the days when you knew all the essential phone numbers and you used a phone book and the yellow pages to look up phone numbers. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when you could pop into a phone booth and dial "0" for an operator to get assistance or make a call. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when it was a wrong number, not a telemarketer or a text by some unknown number. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when my hands were free and I had one less thing to stick in my pocket or carry on me. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when I could leave my house without the thought of forgetting my phone. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when a telephone sat on a table or hung on the wall and not on your person. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when my mother would yell out the door to summon we kids in for dinner or in for the night.
It wouldn't be hard to go back.


I to was born in 66 to I remember our parents would make sure you new the phone number home not long ago I somehow managed to get my phone number on my cell that was exactly the same number my parents had when I was 10 the only difference was the area code
Remember 411 information
Or time
Today I'm a truck driver back in the day you had to stop and call your dispatcher and give them a location update everyday there where lines of pay phones in truck stops and every table in there restaurants had a phone now they can track our phones and send our loads over the phones now log books are electronic and use the same wireless service we use for our cell phones to track our movements to be sure where following the HOS Laws when an ice storm knocks out all wireless there is no way to communicate when's the last time you saw a pay phone anywhere my log was down tha was really the biggest problem
 
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Wasn’t near the challenge, that it is today, when Ma Bell had a pay phone on every corner. Now they’re more rare than someone without a cell phone.
 
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I'm mostly on my Ipad which is connected to my Iphone. That said, the cell phone is handy when one is driving should the car break down or you need directions. I love Google maps. I also use the Kindle app when I'm at a doctor appointment, waiting for the doctor.
 
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Oh I remember the Rotary dialer phones really well.😄😄😄
 
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Nowididit said:
Uh...I was born in 1966. I lived without a cellphone for 35+ years. It wouldn't be hard to go back to rotary and push button wall mounts.

" It Wouldn't Be Hard to Go Back"

I remember the days when you knew all the essential phone numbers and you used a phone book and the yellow pages to look up phone numbers. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when you could pop into a phone booth and dial "0" for an operator to get assistance or make a call. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when it was a wrong number, not a telemarketer or a text by some unknown number. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when my hands were free and I had one less thing to stick in my pocket or carry on me. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when I could leave my house without the thought of forgetting my phone. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember a day when a telephone sat on a table or hung on the wall and not on your person. It wouldn't be hard to go back.

I remember the days when my mother would yell out the door to summon we kids in for dinner or in for the night.
It wouldn't be hard to go back.
Ya, but you'd be last to know...
 
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I’ve got a friend that used to drive for the same company as I did in the ‘80s. He often calls when he’s driving long boring stretches of highway and we talk about all manner of things to pass the time. He primarily hauls windows with 10-25 drops and is required to call the receiver 24 prior to delivery. His cell phone not only allows him to do this without stopping to locate a phone, but also provides him with directions to their location and photo confirmation of what their facilities look like on Google Earth. When we were driving in the ‘80s the dispatcher would often tell us to call back in an hour if they didn’t have a load for us yet. This meant that you couldn’t catch up on your sleep back then while now the dispatcher can just call your cellphone. A driver’s family can get in touch with him any time they need his input on an issue and he can order most things that he needs to resolve these issues sent to his home from websites accessed from this same cellphone. I was just thinking back to one of the first commercially available cellphones on the market that was affectionately referred to as “the brick”. Calling it portable was at best a questionable adjective.
 
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Actually - I do not even own a cell phone!
DO NOT like those things at all!
For one thing, with not so great eyes (like mine) it's very hard to even see those screens no matter what you do.
It was also be a BIG plus if the tech was in such a way they could NOT be used as a tracking, or any other sort of spy device - and I don't mean laws preventing it without a court order - I mean you could have all the legal papers you want - but no way to comply with them because the tech just plain will not allow it.
i don;t know of any that actually have unbreakable encryption on them either - to prove that all you have to do is look - you hear of Police, FBI, ex. pulling info that was encrypted off suspects cell phones all the time - again I would want to see that be impossible no matter who is doing it or why. BECAUSE if one person can do it, even if there is a good reason, it means in theory anyone can do it for any reason (if no totally impossible, at least where it would take like 100+ years for even the best of the best to be able to do it).
It also could not hurt to get rid of all the "extras" - a phone is for voice communication, "Texting" is really as far as I am concerned, more suited for use on a computer network, to send SHORT messages to a user on that network (ie. Instant Messaging over the Internet). And why should you need Internet access on a phone anyway? I guess if you compress voice in to data packets and send it that way - but stuff like a browser is ridiculous! - Again the point of a phone is VOICE communication. If you push it, I guess adding video chat is not straying too much, but you are getting close to the edge with that one - and once again more security needed so the camera absolutely could not be used without the user doing it deliberately - not looking for a setting to turn it off, more like a physical switch to actually disconnect it when not in use. - And even then - it's a phone, NOT something for taking still shots, or video recordings with!
And finally (for now anyway) - what is with the virtual keypad for dialing? - Why not real physical button switches for that too, as well as one to answer and "hang up"?
 
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