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Mobile phone

I Hate mobile phones and have never had one, well until last week when I gave in to the constant comments of family & friends, such as what happens if the car breaks down and you are on some country road in the middle of nowhere,or if something happens to you....etc, etc
So at great expense I purchased a pay as you go from amazon for just under £20 pounds, ideal for me as you can program in a text message along with an emergency number so it's just a matter of switching it on and then pressing a button at the back and that's it.
In my case the message reads, "will be home late".
No I am not down the pub before you ask.
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Steve
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Why do you hate them? I couldn't be without mine. Do you not enjoy being easily contacted at any time lol ?
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The number of accidents caused by people concentrating on conversations & texting and then walking into traffic has increased no end of late. Yesterday an old fella on an electric buggy nearly drove into me on the pavement because he was also texting!! How do you do that if you need both hands on the handlebars?
Steve
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Haven't a clue nozzer...my mobile phone isn't really mobile, I go out the house and nearly always leave my mobile at home. Defeating the purpose? lol however If I am going far I tend to carry it with me.
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Why do you hate them? I couldn't be without mine. Do you not enjoy being easily contacted at any time lol ?
It's a phobia I developed whilst working, when the phone went it was either a problem or someone wanting something Always urgent and can you do it now)
I have been retired for years but even when the landline rings I can bet I am  in the middle of something which Is of more importance than the phone call, as you can imagine other than people selling stuff  and asking for me by name most of the calls are for SWMBO who is either out or in the bathroom (no idea doing what but it takes hours) so I get engaged in polite conversation as It  would be unwise to sound rude to SWMBO friends.
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I have a Tesco PAYG (£15 if I recall) put £10.00 on it just before christmas hols, in case I needed it..... still got about £8.00 left on there.  Don`t make calls on it, unless absolutely necessary,.... just carry it in my shirt breast pocket, in case someone calls me...  they rarely do... !... Cry Cry Cry
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Never understood the hate of mobiles (phone calls absolutely, but mobiles have other uses). Landlines are worse and would have ditched mine long ago if it were not a requirement for xDSL
Personally I find phone calls an irritating, intrusive method of communication and avoid making them at all costs, and friends/family know to only call in an emergency.
At least if you call a mobile, or someone calls you on yours, its the intended target thats being disturbed and irritated...
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I love my mobile, the only people who have the number are immediate family and the only reason it rings is because someone needs something (but because they hate asking me mine almost never rings Smiley ) I had one for years and the only person with the number was my wife, otoh I used to also have a work phone and that was like a free for all it would ring every few hours as someone needed something whenever I was out of the office, the best time I had that thing was when the boss's phone broke and he took mine for the weekend, not a mistake he ever made again apparently he managed 2 hours sleep in an entire weekend Smiley
but I've never been without one in almost 2 decades although recently I did upgrade to something snazzy that is a nice mini pc in my pocket as well as working as a replacement for a dslr camera and all in one media hub, I've also taken to carrying a solar bank when on trips to ensure it stays topped up whilst out and about ready for any emergency that might crop up (like being bored stupid outside a cloths shop while those I'm with try on the entire store's offerings)
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I take my mobile phone whenever I'm out because you never know when that emergency means it's required. I rarely use it to make calls except to people who do not have a landline and, as I do not have a decent signal at home, I can catch up with them while SWMBO is shopping Wink
I don't always answer either the mobile or landline if I'm busy or just don't feel like it for whatever reason. but I usually get back to whomever at the next best opportunity.
When I'm driving, even if I have company, I put the phone on Drive mode which means any messages are read out as is the name of the caller or their number if they're not in the phone book. Oddly I still miss many messages as I don't hear them above the music Cheesy

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If you are worried about the length of cable you have to carry, how about one of these? http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/13342
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I think I'm neutral about them to be honest. Handy to have around but not a necessary requirement (which many women would disagree with!).
I can happily go out without my mobile, it doesn't worry me.
I could quite happily live with a 3G connection for an ISP too  Wink
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I have no idea what my mobile number is without digging around menus to find it.
My list of contacts stored on it is so small that if it was the only way to identify me in the case of a fatal accident, I'd look like 'Billy-no-Mates'
I've only ever taken two photographs with it and one was my foot.... The other was my wifes bottom just to prove 'yes it does...'      see 'Billy-no-Mates' above
I've enough minutes and texts allocated to me each month to last me a life time...each month.
I does however give me access to a whole world of music, movies, tv and general t'nternet while at work or on the road..as nanotm puts it.. a mini pc in my pocket.
If it wasn't for tethering and all-you-can-eat data, I be quite happy to live in the communications Dark Ages.
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I`ve no idea what my mobile number is, either..... so I wrote it on a sticky label, and stuck it on the back of the phone, covered with cellotape to keep it clean....
I use the acronym......  ICE1 and ICE2 with my missus and home numbers for In Case of Emergency
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Just carry it in my shirt breast pocket, in case someone calls me...  they rarely do... !... Cry Cry Cry

Post your number here, sure you'll have lots of calls Wink
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yeah my problem is I synced my address book with my email (w8 phone) so its got about 500 entries for Swedish made penis enlarger  from a while back when they were all the rage, another thousand or so different address listings for all the Viagra vendors and god knows how many contact listings for various spam mailer loan companies or shoe/handbag floggers, I guess its my fault for not ticking all that stuff as spam but for some reason Microsoft put them all in my address book on my phone Smiley
still it makes it look like I know loads of people even if my contact group has 4 listings and there wife /kid1/kid2/kid3/me so I can find my number amongst the several thousand people listed in the address book Smiley
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