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 Strings6
Joined: 7/14/2007
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While i agree there are times and places a cell phone should not be used whats with all of this "one sided conversation"business why does anyone care what somebody they don't know and somebody else they don't know are talking about....life getting a little slow for you ?
 Strings6
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Posted: 1/4/2010 2:41:20 PM
I suspect that alot of people here complaining about Cell phones engage in behaviour that is just if not more irritating to others,left lane hogs, unprepared check out line butt draggers,shopping aisle blockers,close talkers,talk/spitters,gas pump hogs,ect ,ect everybody gets on somebody else's nerves in some way....but as usual it's what somebody else is doing that matters and is the problem.
 Jontheknight
Joined: 12/30/2009
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what do you think about cell phones
Posted: 1/8/2010 9:08:40 PM
I dont know what ot think aboutthis really.

Ban it? No

Would I care? No

There way too many cons and pros to cell phones. Its uses are excellent in emergenices but not required ot survive during everyday life.

If a guy tailgates me and i smahs my head against my wheel and i was concisous enough to dial a number in a cell phone and call for help. Id do it. But even you cant say "Oh theres a better way, The other guy will save you!" Will what happens if he meant to do it, and drives off laughing because he is a psychopathic maniac? What happens if everyone ignores you on the road for some odd reason? And your sitting there looking at a cell phone? Of course you will take the chance. Even if you were unaware of all the above. Its just a saftey meausre. Sometimes we cant Literally live without cell phones. But 90% of the time. Its used for calling or texting your buddy or family.

SO yes i wouldnt care if it did get banned. And i will join you.

But understanding why NOT being banned is a good choice too.

But to add to the reason why I dont care if itll get banned. Itll make it extremly diffcult for us teenagers to get to parties and texting while driving. SO itll save more lives that why. Maybe we should put and age limit on cell phone use? Then again teenagers disobey the drinking law all the time (I dont ill never touch alcohol) so it probably wont make a difference.

 Strings6
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Posted: 1/9/2010 3:29:59 AM
First people had cell phones as status symbols...to be seen using them,now i guess people will be seen not using them and that to will be a status symbol.
 2findU
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Posted: 1/9/2010 1:19:37 PM
I would. I really don't like them at all.
 SuperFunGuy
Joined: 8/3/2006
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Posted: 1/9/2010 2:16:22 PM
5 reasons why having a cell phone is good. In no peticular order.

#1 - In case of an personal emergency situation, home landline or a payphone is not at hand.

#2 - Work wise, I have a lot of business contacts that need to get ahold of me asap, that why I have one. I can't stop what I am doing everytime at work to take phonecalls. Voice mail is great that way.

#3 - Automotive problem, If I am stranded in the middle of no where or along side a roadway and my car breaks down or I get a flat tire. I might need roadside assistance.

#4 - Personal use, say a family member or friend can't get a hold of you. Thank goodness there's a thing called voice mail.

#5 - 911, need the police, ambulance, or fire department to assist you.
 Strings6
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Posted: 1/9/2010 2:48:17 PM
#6 they are like any other tool that if properly used are of great benefit.

Rjdio,speaking of drivers let's ban SUV'S,large pick ups and other powerful vehicles since most people who drive them drive like elite road owning jerks.....how about it
 Jontheknight
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Posted: 1/12/2010 6:03:28 PM
HAHAHAHAAHA I laughed out loud at Neo's comment Its so true.

Usually the agrument against that is since everyone has free will, they have the free-will to rape someone.

Thank you god! ..........................
 WesternWildRose
Joined: 9/15/2008
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Posted: 1/16/2010 10:52:07 AM
my first cell phone experience was a huge monster and it cost a mint back in @1990.
It was a pain I got rid of it the first chance I could...it was for on the road cross-country trip.

now...well... I have 3 kids...and it is my emergency phone...and the way my employer contacts me since I work on call....no pre-set schedule.

Where I live there is a new law making it illegal to use operate your phone, be it speaking or texting while you are driving. I think this is a good thing.

I personally am not that important that I have to answer my phone while driving. I have voicemail and they can call back or leave me a message.... my kids know this too.

I went without a cell for @ 1 year thinking I just needed a break but found I did need to be in close contact with the kids and their school in case of emergencies.
 GrandmaBooBoo
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Posted: 2/14/2010 5:26:24 AM
If I remember correctly, it was a student on a cell phone which reported one of the many recent school shooting massacres. When the electricity goes out....my land line does not work.

If I'm out shopping and one of my grandchildren is injured or ill, they can damn well WAIT until I've finished having lunch and getting my nails done for me to pick them up at school....how rude it is to be interrupted in my social life by a call on my cell phone.

I live in a very rural area...it's only about 20 miles between towns... so if my vehicle should break down...I should just walk to the nearest phone. Ohhhh, except I keep forgetting....I'm disabled......hard for me to walk 20 miles with these clamps and 16 screws in my back. Then again, I have heart problems....and rather than depending on a cell phone to call someone to come and get me when I have an unexpected episode of severe chest pain and am unable to drive...I should just stay at home and wait for those 3 or 4 times a year when that happens....or better yet...just shoot myself now and get it over with.

I guess I also never really considered how rude it was of me to insist that my 80 yr old parents carry a cell phone.....so that while I'm stuck 45 miles away from them and tied to my house because I've been banned from using a "tool" that WOULD have given me some "freedom" with a sense of security......mostly because the addictive personalities think that just because they HAVE something...they have to glue it to their ears.....while my 80 yr old parents are out gallavanting....I don't know if they're at church, doctors appointments, the "Y", having breakfast, lunch or dinner (they eat all their meals at a local restaurant with about 2 dozen of their octogenarian friends)....I guess I could just call the police dept to make sure they're out somewhere...and not both laying dead at the bottom of the basement stairs.

I guess the only logical and reasonable way to punish and control the youngsters who abuse a TOOL that was designed to enhance our lives and LIBERATE us is to take ALL phones away from ALL people.....even those who DO use them for the purposes for which they were designed.
 justagrlwithacat
Joined: 2/7/2011
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Posted: 8/10/2011 11:23:11 AM
I have an emergency cell that has maybe 30 mins a month...so not for day to day life, no texting features and junk. So for that reason I wouldn't want a ban. However will I ever own a full cell? no. not unless I'm forced to. But I will still leave it turned off unless I'm at home. Can't ever imagine doing the text stuff. No desire to be in contact or reachable at all hours of the day.
 MondoVman
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Posted: 8/10/2011 2:38:22 PM
A cell phone can't work when the power (grid) is out.
A cordless, landline phone can't work when the grid is out. Its base station uses house power feed.
A classic phone always works because its needed power is supplied via the phone jack.
 L_LuuLuu
Joined: 8/2/2009
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Posted: 8/12/2011 6:36:25 AM

Totally New Concept...:
When a call is placed from a moving vehicle....it kills the Engine..!!


Actually, there is an idea floating through Congress to force auto makers to equip ALL new cars with signal blocking devices for cell phones.

I just can't wait to see what happens.

Imagine when EVERYBODY who has to make a Necessary call for directions or for work emergencies has to find a spot to pull off a busy roadway to get out of their car and make a call. Will there be enough parking spaces on the shoulders? What happens when they all try to re-enter the traffic lanes?
 LinuxD
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Posted: 8/12/2011 7:55:49 AM
I treat my cellphone as tool. I use it when I need it. Just because I have a torque wrench does not mean it is carried with me everywhere I go or that it's impossible to leave home without it because I might come across something that needs to be torqued down.

If my cell rings and I don't want to answer it.. I don't, if I don't want to hear it, it gets muted.


People don't understand that just because you own a cellphone you DO NOT have to answer it at anothers beck and call.

Make any excuse you want to rationalize why you NEED a cellphone then don't gripe when it becomes intrusive.
 KIWI3nme
Joined: 6/6/2006
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Posted: 8/12/2011 9:03:49 PM
here in BC driving with a cell is totally banned TG! I havent used a land line in probally 6 years. Its pointless. My cell is all i need. My dd has one too and its great becasue she at that tween age where you DONT WANT her to walk alone to the store, her pals or take the dog for a walk and you want that security of knowing she can text you when she arrives or is on her way. Its comforting when you are trying to teach them to fly a bit.

SO um yeah... send me a text too when they do a total ban.. ill be doing figure 8's with my flying pig friend on that great big ice rink.
 DartmouthRunner
Joined: 3/5/2009
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Posted: 8/13/2011 4:06:35 AM
Many places have banned the use of cell phones while driving. We have such a ban her in NS and I don't disagree with that.

Personally, a landline is useless to me. I am either at work all day or I am out somewhere during the evenings. Also, cell phones fit my lifestyle. My phone is used for e-mail, watch, games, internet, etc. It beats carrying around something else for each of those functions.

So the logical thing to have is a cell phone so people can call or text me. Plus, as someone has pointed out, you don't have to answer every call or text. In fact, most of the time my phone is on mute and I'll call/respond when I have a moment to do so.

Cell phones have helped me out many times before where landlines couldn't. I co-captain a soccer team, so I'll frequently receive last minute calls/texts when I'm not home, telling me that someone can't make the game. It's very handy to have that phone to call/text/e-mail replacement players right away.
 GrandmaBooBoo
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Posted: 8/13/2011 7:48:45 AM
Technically, my OnStar is a cell phone. It will be interesting to see which party tries to "force" that bill through congress. (I'm betting on Republicans). What I think is MORE interesting.....is when they ban TALKING to PASSENGERS in your vehicle. There's NO difference in talking to someone in another seat than there is when someone calls my vehicle phone.

LOL! So, what next....we put the driver in a soundproof box ? No more navigation help from the front passenger seat, hope nobody in the back seat has to pee.

BUT, last night....I took my 3 grandchildren to the Drive-In Theatre....a gruesome 110 mile round trip. There was a detour, which added another 10 miles to the trip, but with my trusty 4G droid, I mapped a better route home. I love my OnStar....because....it saves me money on insurance...AND, I can't tell you how much I've saved by NOT having to call a locksmith every time I lock my keys in the car. I can't say much for it's mapping however. There's no display like on my cell phone....you just have to trust that the navigation software is RECENT (extremely recent) and you don't get to choose your route...you just follow it's dictates.

My 4G droid also told me where the nearest COFFEE was! LOL! I needed that at 2am this morning! HOWEVER, I agree that children perceive this technology as a "toy". It's no wonder that my 14 yr old grandson wasn't impressed with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"...he was too busy Facebooking on his phone to pay much attention. My 11 yr old granddaughter sees her phone as a "toy" as well....and seemed to be clueless when I MADE her take her phone with her to the bathroom. She seems to have forgotten that I have the ability to TRACK HER (her phone) within 15 seconds...with an accuracy of 20 yrds.

I'm really looking forward to the day when phone companies get rid of land lines all together. They've been whinning to the FCC for permission to do so for well over 5 years now. A whopping 60% of Americans have cell phones as their ONLY phone; and it's really expensive for these providers to have to maintain 2 separate systems just because some people hate technology. I'm one of those people who, in spite of my love of technology, prefers country living. Unfortunately, down in the lake valley there is NO cell provider which carries a strong enough signal to make my cell my primary phone :-( I DO however have a great piece of equipment, an Airrave which is connected to my cable internet, and it enables me to get a FULL cellular signal via my internet connection.

I think though that....IF like the OP, the $60 per month for a cell phone was going to make or break me...or if it was a choice between the phone and doing activities with my grandkids, sure....I'd consider giving up the cell phone....but NOT before I'd given up numerous other non-essential first. LOL! The kids were feeling pretty poverty stricken when I built this new house this spring and choose NOT to have cable TV put in the 4 upstairs bedrooms. It was what I considered an unnecessary item, since all 4 rooms have laptops and LCD TVs....and 90% of what they watch is reruns on Netflix anyhow.

LOL! NOW....if you want to talk about something which SHOULD BE BANNED....it's got to be...TELEVISION! Talk about a totally worthless and outrageously expensive addiction that people could well do without...that's the one!
 DartmouthRunner
Joined: 3/5/2009
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Posted: 8/13/2011 8:07:57 AM

There's NO difference in talking to someone in another seat than there is when someone calls my vehicle phone.


Um, yes there is. Are you holding your friend up to your ear while talking? Are you looking away from the road while dialing/texting?

Also, tell that to the person who caused a 5 car pile-up i was in 3 years ago. When asked why they hit the car behind me at 70km/h in a 50 zone. They said they didn't see the cars at a complete stop in front of them because they were dialing their husband.

That's why most cell phone laws in cars stipulate that hands free headsets must be used.

Top ten leading causes of car accidents:
http://caaneo.ca/about/blog/driving/10-leading-causes-of-car-accidents-and-tips-to-avoid-them

Four times as likely to be in a car accident while on a cell phone:
http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Car_Care/Notes_From_The_Road/Cell_Phone_Crash_Stats_.aspx

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080531084958.htm

Just some food for thought when you are transporting your grandchildren in a car mam. Is it really so bad to pull over to map out the detour instead of gambling their lives?
 GrandmaBooBoo
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Posted: 8/13/2011 9:31:14 AM

Um, yes there is. Are you holding your friend up to your ear while talking? Are you looking away from the road while dialing/texting?
NO!!! There is NO difference...and I'm really curious as to whether you've even experienced a vehicle with OnStar calling??? There are NO buttons to push, no keyboard...it is ENTIRELY voice activated. When a call comes in, there is 1 button to press to accept, the radio is muted automatically and the call is received. When I place a call....AGAIN...there are NO buttons or keys to press. One button, ...turning on my windshield wipers is more distracting than this....do you suggest that we drive without wipers because pressing 1 button causes a wreck???? When I place a call....I press the same 1 button...and SAY either the name of the person (if I've already programmed in their number) or I SAY the number.....OnStar repeats the number and asks if it is correct...then dials the number.

I think that your insistence that a "headset" be used is considerably more dangerous as it requires 2 hands to put the stupid thing on and take it off....or if you leave it on, it could diminish your ability to hear other things outside the vehicle....like...maybe an emergency vehicle coming up behind you in the distance.

Sooo, now you insist that GPS is dangerous as well??? And.....why and where would I have pulled over to "map out the detour" when I was ALREADY parked??? I mean...I was sitting at the Drive-In....I had 4 hours to look at my GPS, and my memory is not so bad that I couldn't find the route..and drive it without having to keep referring back to it. What would have been more annoying would have been to rely on the Navigation WHILE I was driving.
Just some food for thought when you are transporting your grandchildren in a car mam. Is it really so bad to pull over to map out the detour instead of gambling their lives?
I really think that you may have some more pressing concerns than me endangering my grandchildren by looking at a GPS map during intermission at a movie.....like....reading comprehension....and over defensiveness. I do apologize for attacking TV....but, maybe if people spent a little less time in front of that box...they'd be a little more intuned to the modern world around them.
 GrandmaBooBoo
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Posted: 8/13/2011 9:41:45 AM
^^^ Correction, I said there are NO buttons to push then when on to explain that there is 1 button. By "no buttons" I mean there is NO keyboard, no numbers or letters...you cannot TEXT on On Star, nor can you enter a number manually"...the ONLY button is the same 1...which turns the feature ON and OFF.
 2findU
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Posted: 8/13/2011 9:49:08 AM
I would. The only reason I even have a cell phone is because they gave me a free one at work. So it does occasionally come in handy for personal use.
 GrandmaBooBoo
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Posted: 8/13/2011 10:29:18 AM

7. Driver Distraction – kids, animals and construction sites often distract individuals as much as any cell phone or car accidents we see. We are all human and know that it can be near impossible to keep our attention on the road when little Timmy is pulling on his sister’s hair. However, it is best if you resist the urge to look away, even momentarily. If it appears to be an issue requiring discipline, pull onto the road’s shoulder or into the nearest rest stop first.
This is a pretty good one as well.

AND I certainly do NOT mean to advocate that I'm in favor of cell phone use while driving being a "right".....heaven forbid! Quite the contrary!!! I think there should be stiff penalties for driving and texting...and...am not opposed to considering penalties for those who have a cell phone glued to their ears and trying to drive one handed, treating their vehicle as an extention of their either their office or their living room.

I offered the example of On Star as a much safer alternative to hand held cell phones; BUT there again, when a driver is distracted by ANYTHING, their chances of an accident are greatly increased. This is why I prefer using the GPS in my phone...BEFORE I start driving, so that I'm not distracted by the repeated notifications of "continue on xxx for 1.3 miles then turn left at ABC road". That is so annoying, and you find yourself paying more attention looking for all the unnecessary landmarks that have nothing to do with getting your where you want to go. I'm sure that city driving is bad enough, but here in the boondocks....we also have the added distraction of having to keep our eyes peeled constantly for the huge deer population. And, as I said, onboard vehicle navigation is fine....if you're driving around in a metropolitian area. Here where it's 50 or 60 miles to the nearest "major highway"...relying on traditional navigation could have you driving 100 miles or more out of your way. But...admittedly, I haven't yet tried the onboard navigation on my 2011 vehicle...but I found my cell phones ability to access even small county maps much more reliable than the OnStar Navigation on my old 2008 vehicle. I should make it a point to make that comparison.
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Other things that I use my phone for.....my grocery list! My vehicle expenses and milage...although my new vehicle keeps track of my fuel economy for me now...but I was using my cell phone for this long before this was a feature on automobiles. I can also find the cheapest gasoline prices in a given range of miles, so when I know that I'm going to need gasoline along the way somewhere, I can often plan my stop and save a few dollars on fuel. The calculator, the 5.3 megapixel camera and video recorder than is now limited only to the size of my SD card. I no longer have to carry these bulky items with me everywhere I go!

The fact is...that I can't remember the last time I used 30 minutes of talk time in a single month, and ....my texts rarely exceed maybe 15 -20 per month. ANYONE that I associate with has enough sense to know that I don't text back while driving...so they are prepared to WAIT until it is convenient for me to get back to them. Granted, there are always those hardheaded individuals who will insist that we phone lovers are taking video while driving, and indeed, there may be some who are that stupid. What's really dumb though....are those who don't even KNOW what a piece of equipment IS....and is capable of...and still condemn them because they can see only the childish abuses, but not the amazing technological conveniences which are usually just "nice to have", but can also be life saving.

Again, I will say that the idea of banning any technology simply because some....or even MOST people don't behave sensibly or responsibly is the reactionary thinking of the unintelligent...and is hardly any different than the addictive behaviors of those who suffer "separation axiety" if they're cut off from their Facebook friends for 30 minutes.
 egowitch
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Posted: 8/13/2011 1:04:10 PM
Oh - I SO am with you on this !!! I had one for a short while during a family crisis. Once it was over, I stopped using it - so shut it down. I have a landline with an answering machine. Totally fine - works well !

I hate what cells are doing to society. People together - but NOT together. Families in cars - with no one talking to each other, they're all on their own phones. Out to dinner with a new date - interrupted by a damn call that is NOT any sort of emergency - and no apology ( a deal breaker , by the way) . Having to listen to trivial conversations everywhere one goes : the Library, the movie theatre , at concerts & plays, in the store, out on a remote trail in the woods, people in kayaks on the river - on and on ....

I was "rear-ended" by a shopping cart in Walmart recently. She crashed into my ankle , because she was blabbing on her phone and not paying attention.

Then of course, the potentially deadly consequences of yapping while driving - geez !

They give otherwise civil, polite people, reason to be unspeakably rude, invasive, and overly important. Suddenly everything is an "emergency". (Dr. Phil refers to such folks as "self important twits")

I have one of those stickers on my car from "Oprah" that says "NO PHONE ZONE".

If those gadgets were legal in the US, that disable phones within a certain radius , I'd buy one in a NY minute !

As I remember - the world spun around just fine before we had 'em !
 leanco
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Posted: 8/29/2011 2:43:00 AM
Banning cell phones? That would be my dream come true! It will never happen though, the phone companies will make sure of that.

I have a landline at home and that's more than what I need. I have never had a cell - don't want one, don't need one and certainly don't care to have one. Like the above poster said, I hate what cell phones are doing to society. Do people really have to be connected 24/7? Why should I be forced to listen to some idle conversation of the idiot in front of me when I am at the supermarket checkout line? It's an invasion of my privacy, and a detriment to social grace.

But I must concede, the genie is out of the bottle now and there is no going back. The only thing I can hope for is for technology to advance quickly so automobiles can be auto-piloted, and for society to establish new social etiquette in regards to cell phone usage. Until then, be prepared to put up with more narcissistic behaviors.
 robin-hood
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Posted: 8/29/2011 5:41:42 AM
Its a portable phone. I answer it the same as if I were at home, when I want to. I actually down graded my phone to one that has better reception and a 7 day battery life. I'm good for email text, text, and of course verbal. T-mobile plan cost $50/month including unlimited nationwide long distance, and a few dead zones. Most cell phones today would definitely live up to Dic k Tracy's expectations.

Now there are those people (allot of people) that should just have one or two implanted in their neural circuit. That prevents chapped ears and you never miss a call.

I just can't wait till transponders hit the market.
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