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    I am TheOnly Person Who Doesn't own a Cellphone ?

    I was wondering..are there any of you on the board that don't own a
    cellphone.This question isn't for the SP's ...it's almost impossible
    to be one and not own a cell. But for the hobbyists would you
    be able to be in the "hobby" without one ?

    I guess owning a cell is essential if you have friends & social life but
    I don't socialize and I don't have any friendships.


    Is a cell essential in today's society ?I guess that once you own
    one is seems almost impossible to live without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by box View Post
    I was wondering..are there any of you on the board that don't own a
    cellphone.This question isn't for the SP's ...it's almost impossible
    to be one and not own a cell. But for the hobbyists would you
    be able to be in the "hobby" without one ?

    I guess owning a cell is essential if you have friends & social life but
    I don't socialize and I don't have any friendships.

    Is a cell essential in today's society ?I guess that once you own
    one is seems almost impossible to live without it.
    In today's society it isn't essential though people are lazy now about planning to meet, they show up at "the jazz fest" and use their cells to find each other once there.

    For SPs, it's gonna be tricky with no cell but not impossible I think. Use email up until you get the room and then get a room and phone from there. You will have to meet agency girls or indies who will provide you a contact number. Some girl's numbers are always blocked.

    Best of luck!

    PS : Advise you to tell the agency/indie you have no cell, agree to confirm the appointment by email at a specific time (eg 2hours before) and have a list of back-up numbers/girls to call from the hotel room in case something goes wrong (happens sometimes within hours of the rendez-vous). I think some agencies may require a cell number and indies may be worried you are just playing a prank on them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by box View Post
    I was wondering..are there any of you on the board that don't own a
    cellphone.This question isn't for the SP's ...it's almost impossible
    to be one and not own a cell. But for the hobbyists would you
    be able to be in the "hobby" without one ?

    I guess owning a cell is essential if you have friends & social life but
    I don't socialize and I don't have any friendships.


    Is a cell essential in today's society ?I guess that once you own
    one is seems almost impossible to live without it.
    I have one and I can't live without it! A cellphone is always practice. For exemple, when I go to a friend's home and I'm stuck in the traffic I can call him to tell that I'll be late. This way he is not gonna wait like a dumb and ask "why he is still not there? Did he got an accident?"

    I also like to recive my emails wherever I am to be up to date...

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    I had one early on, then went without one for a few years and was kind of forced to get one which I don't want. I hate always being within someone's reach and having one more thing to remember to take when I head out the door. I could do just fine without one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Edgar Who View Post
    In today's society it isn't essential though people are lazy now about planning to meet, they show up at "the jazz fest" and use their cells to find each other once there.
    Hello Dr Edgar Who,

    There are a lot of excellent reasons to own a cell for the practicality and convenience, and I am not knocking anyone just because they own a cell. But what they do with it many times, geeeeez...GET A LIFE! During their driving, shopping, going to the bathroom, etc and carrying on loud, rude fights with insults and cursing right next to civilian bystanders as if the cell user is in total isolation. Typically they care about no one else around them and that's especially risky when driving. And young kids with cells use them for every stupidity one could dream up, including being vicious to each other. Too bad. It's a wonderful tool to have, but it seems many use it to accentuate all their weaknesses and foolishness. Hey, if they want to do that it's none of my business. They're paying for it. Just have the respect not to interfere with others rights or risk their safety. Not to mention the filth those things must have when owners are so engrossed they often don't wash their hands after going to the bathroom. SLOBS!

    And, I have never needed one in Montreal. Like you said, just plan ahead. 10,000 years of human civilization got on well without a cell.

    Cheers,

    Merlot
    Last edited by Merlot; 12-23-2009 at 02:49 PM.

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    I do not own a cellphone. I not much of a talker on the phone. I prefer chatting with friends in person. It is convenient to have one for that one emergency call however wireless service providers are charging too much $$$ for a cellphone and there are too much misinformation and the customer service is poorly managed. I am usually firm in my commitments but many people are not but most of my friends have cellphones so I can call them whenever from a payphone to confirm any kind of appointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlot View Post
    There are a lot of excellent reasons to own a cell for the practicality and convenience, and I am not knocking anyone just because they own a cell. But what they do with it many times, geeeeez...GET A LIFE! During their driving, shopping, going to the bathroom, etc and carrying on loud, rude fights with insults and cursing right next to civilian bystanders as if the cell user is in total isolation.

    Like you said, just plan ahead. 10,000 years of human civilization got on well without a cell.
    The art of choosing a good meeting location and getting there slightly early is being compromised I fear, at least for non-work meetings.

    I can remember, in a previous job, certain very "busy" people would be making business calls from a washroom stall while taking a crap. I don't care how busy you are, that's just gross and stupid : if someone in a neighbouring stall flushes, the guy on the other end is going to know where you are.
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    I dont' have a cell phone, basically as a matter of principal.

    In my business, people (or at least my clients) expect to be able to get a hold of you 24/7 if you have a cell phone. It's bad enough when my boss calls me at home at all hours, not having the excuse of "I wasn't home" would seriously impede my "alone time". Not having a cell phone is the only thing that grants me any semblance of a private life.

    So when I hear these stories about how guys have to go to one location and then get visually verified before given the final destination, that helps me resist the convenient allure of incall places, as I'd be totally S.O.L.

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    Insurance

    Totally apart from the issue of its usefulness as an instrument for hobbying, a cellphone is an insurance policy, possibly on your life. What if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and it is -60 degrees outside, or what if you get stranded somewhere in the wilderness and nobody knows where you are? What if you are attacked by a bear while on a fishing trip, and fend him off, but sustain wounds that are bleeding heavily? Do you need a cellphone then?

    In late 2006, a mountain climber got stranded on Mount Hood in Oregon with his friends, due to a sudden storm. Two of the friends tried to make a run for it to get help, while the mountain climber, who had a cellphone, built a snow cave and then called 911. After 911, he called his children and told them he loved them. Those were his last words. His frozen body was found exactly one week later. Rescuers could not get to him due to avalanches and storm conditions, however, his location was known due to the cellphone and he otherwise would have been saved. At least his body was recovered. The bodies of his two friends were never found. They presumably froze to death, and their bodies will be discovered perhaps many years from now when there is a signficant melt from global warming and someone sees a leg popping out of the snow.

    There are numerous stories of lives having been saved in these situations. For these reasons, I always carry a cellphone with me when I travel, even though I do not use it on the road.

    One other thing- last year at the Jazz Festival I used a cellphone to determine the location of a friend right before the Stevie Wonder concert. There was no other way I would have been able to find him among the mass of 200,000 bodies that were crammed into the area within several blocks of the main stage. How else would I have found him?

    In terms of application to the hobby: PMikey, you can shut a cellphone off and claim the battery was dead, if there are calls you do not want to take. But, a cellphone enables you to know if an appointment is cancelled suddenly. I have seen a few providers who have texted me to say they would be late, or had to cancel. It's better than waiting like a dumbkopf for someone who is not showing up. I really hate wasting time and to me a cellphone enables me to avoid wasting time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver View Post
    But, a cellphone enables you to know if an appointment is cancelled suddenly. I have seen a few providers who have texted me to say they would be late, or had to cancel. It's better than waiting like a dumbkopf for someone who is not showing up. I really hate wasting time and to me a cellphone enables me to avoid wasting time.
    I'm not saying that a cellphone isn't a very useful tool for the hobby...

    ...I'm just saying that it's rapidly becoming a requirement for the hobby.

    I know that, eventually, I will have to break down and get one but, as a luddite, I'll have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

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    Pay as you go

    I do own one but just as a security mesure and it's a pay as you go plan.
    So not bills comes to the house with all the numbers you've dialed.
    you can delete the call list after your done, no trace.

    I don't use it that often but it' there when I need it, be ti for emergency or hobbying and it doesn't cost me a lot.

    Later
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    Quote Originally Posted by box View Post
    I was wondering..are there any of you on the board that don't own a cellphone.
    cellphone? what's that? i don't even know what the internet is.

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    I don't have a cell phone either and I think I don't know anyone that doesn't own a cell phone! I just think it's stupid, people think it's essential to them but 99% of the time they use it to send useless text messages or some other crap like that
    Ride it like you stole it

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    I did not have a cell phone until last year and I did fine. If I had booked an agency girl I would just call the agency using phone in the room and give the agency my room number and hotel telephone number to confirm the appointment. If an indy does not give me her phone number, then I email her after checkin and give her my room number and the hotel phone number. At the same time, I would alert the front desk that I may get a call and to take the message if I was not in the room. That was more than enough.

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    A cell phone is definitely a necessity, especially for emergencies (car breakdown for one). However, you only need the cheapest pre-paid phone for this purpose.

    An iPhone or other internet-capable phone as a necessity? Maybe. I can't think of one right now, but there MIGHT be a future need for having internet access in an emergency.

    Now, the problem I see is that people ABUSE it.

    I know, it's capitalism and all.

    But really, I am SO SO sick of people walking in public on the street, in the store, etc. while talking about total CRAP on the phone. It's not even business-related!

    We now have an entire continent of people doing whatever (driving, shopping, etc.) WHILE talking on a cell phone. Simply put, you CANNOT devote equal amounts of attention to the immediate task at hand, navigating public venues, while talking on a cell phone. While you're gabbing with someone else miles away, you're totally pissing people off right in front of you.

    I must say, I haven't seen too much of this in Canada, but in the States, it is SO annoying.

    Whatever happened to CB radios? It stayed in your car and you only used it for emergencies.

    Also, there used to be these things called "phone booths." And if you needed to use the phone you walked into one, and closed the door behind you to talk in private.

    *sigh*
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