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should I buy a cellphone? [Dec. 14th, 2005|06:31 pm]
Roy Janik

I have never owned a cellphone.

I am now considering it.

Through work I can get a RAZR for about 75 bucks, and a basic calling plan for 30 dollars a month, no setup fees. I'd cancel my landline phone if I did.

So, it's up to you.

Poll #633946 cellphone

Should I break down and get a cellphone?


Anything else to add?


[User Picture]From: timthemagiccow
2005-12-15 02:36 am (UTC)
I wouldn't ditch the landline phone, mostly because I hate having entire conversations outside.
other cons: reliance on technology for remembering simple things like phone numbers makes you seem like an idiot, voice mail is overly complex compared to an answering machine, phone won't let you know about calls you missed when it was off, lame techno ringtones, less functionality than a disposable digital camera, runs out of juice in a jam if you're an idiot like me and forget to plug it in every now and then

pro: caller id so you can ignore people, 30 second demo of bejeweled

haha! don't ever say I didn't try to discourage you
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[User Picture]From: meltmyfaceoff
2005-12-15 04:56 am (UTC)
do you have to have entire conversations outside? is reception that bad? how does keeping a phone book to remember numbers make you seem like an idiot? if you have 100+ numbers to remember, having a little list kept around isn't a bad thing. this list just happens to be electronic. no shame in that. voice mail is not complicated at all, unless you count doing anything more than pressing one button complicated. but yeah if you're retarded then it might run out of juice every now and then. but then hey, you're just back to where you started for a little while. i don't think there's any unwritten rule about having it on you all the time. if you don't want it on you, just leave it plugged in at home. if you want to call someone, you have that option. i think cellphones' main benefit lies in the fact that they always give you the option to call people whenever you want. they're convenient but you don't really need to be a slave to one.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2005-12-15 07:00 am (UTC)
That last sentence is key.

Also, MP3 ringtones beat the PANTS off of techno MIDI ringtones.

ALSO, I use the "quick notes" section in the messaging area of my phone to take down pretty much anything: bands and/or songs I hear and should look into, websites of interest, music-related brainstorms, words/names/events/whatever that I don't recognize and should look up, to-do items... Having it on me almost all the time prevents me from losing some of those thoughts, which I often do when I try to remember them on my own. I could easily write them down on paper, but 1) they'd be hard to keep track of, 2) they wouldn't be centralized, 3) I'd need to either carry around a writing utensil or have to find someone who can lend me one, and 3) THINK OF THE TREES, MAN.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2005-12-15 07:02 am (UTC)
Furthermore, I find cell phones very useful for coordinating activities on gig nights. Or any other night out with friends, for that matter.
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[User Picture]From: timthemagiccow
2005-12-15 10:23 am (UTC)
I was just saying they're good to have around when you're out but having a regular phone plugged into your wall is real nice, that's why I have one. I conveniently don't get reception inside my apartment - like one or two bars. A regular answering machine is cool because you don't have to listen to every second of people's long-winded versions of "hey call me back, dude," before you delete them.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2005-12-15 04:17 pm (UTC)
Can't you do that with voicemail, too?
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[User Picture]From: dameaux
2005-12-15 12:59 pm (UTC)
What did you buy your phone with tickets from ski-ball? My phone lasts at least a week without being charged, has internet and email access, 1mp+ digital camera with mpeg video, voice recorder, sd memory card slot, and it came free with my service plan which was very reasonable.

Course this is Japan tho.
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[User Picture]From: g0_0n
2005-12-15 08:00 pm (UTC)
phone won't let you know about calls you missed when it was off,

not true with most phones
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[User Picture]From: alacarte
2005-12-15 04:19 am (UTC)
Ok since I'm the only one to say no, I might as well say why so I don't feel completely retarded. Cell phones are a) an expense and b) a chain to the world. There's some unwritten rule that if you have a cell phone you must have it with you at all times. I think I missed that in the contract I signed. That could just be the marriage contract though. I get confused with the legal speak.

Ok, just in case, I don't mean "chain to my wife". I really do mean chain to the world. Even when I'm with her and there's nobody who could possibly call me, I'm still dutifully carrying it around and feeling completely naked without it.
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[User Picture]From: space_princess
2005-12-15 07:02 am (UTC)
you should have let strangers vote on this. strangers know what's best for you. strangers like me.
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[User Picture]From: mynde
2005-12-15 08:18 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dameaux
2005-12-15 12:29 pm (UTC)


I have a cell phone and I haven't had a land line in at least 1 or 2 years. The only reason I could see to have a land line is if the reception is low inside the house. I seldom answer my phone, it's more like a pager. I even forward my email to it. The batteries last a long time these days. It's convenient as hell, and it's all in your attitude about it. If you worry that 'OMG I'll be a slave to it' than just turn it off for a day, then realize you haven't died and the world hasn't ended. Leave it at home if you feel like it. It's only a tool, it won't eat your soul. Also I used to think cellphone cameras were stupid, until I got one.
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[User Picture]From: kitashiroi
2005-12-15 01:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't vote, but here's my 2 cents. We haven't had a land line in over 2 years, but I don't like having a cellphone, either. I don't like carrying around something extra and I always seem to get crappy ones that get horrible reception everywhere I try to use it. I rarely even use it, but I won't get rid of it. It's a security blanket when I'm driving, I know if the car breaks down or something happens I can always get in touch with someone to help.
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[User Picture]From: ericfish
2005-12-15 02:14 pm (UTC)
You're a software developer for IBM, but you don't own a cell phone. That's an identity crisis.

I like having a cell phone when I'm driving to someone's house that I haven't been to before. That way I can be lazy about knowing how to get there, then call for better directions when I enter their zip code.

Also, sudden vibration in your pants never gets old.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2005-12-15 03:50 pm (UTC)
Just don't get Cingular.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2005-12-15 03:53 pm (UTC)
Why not? And who should I get?
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[User Picture]From: helicopterjones
2005-12-15 04:36 pm (UTC)
I got merged into Cingular through AT&T Wireless, and I haven't had any problems. Don't know Wes's situation, but if you asked enough people, you'd hear that every provider is terrible from somebody. This leads me to believe that service is probably about all the same, so just figure out what kind of plan you want and go for it.
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[User Picture]From: g0_0n
2005-12-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
I strongly believe the "anti-modern-life-anxiety-ball-and-chain" bullshit associated with phones is a load of shit. You (and no offense this is most of us) sit in front of a computer all day connected to trillian or whatever if you want.

Don't want to be reached? Turn your phone off! Why is this concept so hard to grasp??

More expensive than landlines? yeah, but you get caller ID, voicemail, a convenient address book, and the ability to call from anywhere (well.. depending on the plan)
So you do the math

Could you survive without one? Undoubtedly; there was a time when people didn't use them. But if only they were invented shortly after Mr Bell made the landline, you KNOW the landline would be obselete. Because frankly, it just makes more SENSE to replace you phone with a cell if money is not an issue.
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[User Picture]From: alacarte
2005-12-17 01:20 am (UTC)
I can't find the button to turn it off and when I leave it alone it starts to whimper at me.
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[User Picture]From: oculiferous
2005-12-18 11:18 pm (UTC)
having/not having a cell phone is not the end of the world, but if we don't learn to control the technology RIGHT NOW, then its true: robots.wildestroy.us. but seriously, its a good idea to at least have the option to be connected to friends/family/help at any time from any place. my advice: get a car charger; screw ring tones; make sure you have the 'vibrate' option; learn quickly how to turn it on/off; remember to breath and let some things go.
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