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    Cell Phones

    Do you have a cell phone? Are you for or against them? In what situations do you feel that they are inappropriate?

    Personally, I'm against them. I find them really annoying, especially in school. Sitting in a huge lecture hall taking a test, and suddenly, a phone goes off breaking all 350 students' concentration.

    I've found that people are much less attentive while driving and talking on the phone at the same time. I've ridden withe people like that; over the center line, then back to the shoulder, then back to the center while they try to drive and dial at the same time.

    They can be very rude at times too, breaking into conversations. It astonishes me that a ringing phone will take precedence over an actual person.

    Sure, they can be good for certain people, people who use them for work, or emergencies, but otherwise, I don't see the purpose; what happened to regular phones...or privacy?
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    I can`t even recall how I managed to stay in touch with my friends before the cell phones became virtually mandatory. Sure, I agree that they can be annoying at times and in certain situations, but the fact that I even can reach my 85 year old grandpa on his cell phone whenever I want to have a chat or worry about him makes them indespensible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    I can`t even recall how I managed to stay in touch with my friends before the cell phones became virtually mandatory. Sure, I agree that they can be annoying at times and in certain situations, but the fact that I even can reach my 85 year old grandpa on his cell phone whenever I want to have a chat or worry about him makes them indespensible.
    Asia and Europe are 18-24 months ahead of the US in cell technology consumer application, a standard that seems consistent. I don't know European market numbers, Asia demands the newest technology available, but it would seem to depend on market acceptance to change, where other than business/ youth, the general US population, an aging body, is reluctant to embrace change of any type.
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    Ah. Your post intigued me so I looked into the issue a bit more closely. Apparantly mobile phone ownership is much more widespread in Europe than in the US. In 2001 you guys had 44 mobile phone subscritpions per 100 inhabitants. Western european countries landed somewhere between 70-90 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants (Luxemburg rated highest at 97).

    More recent figures (2004) showed that EU mobile phone subscriptions have increased to an average of 80 subscriptions per 100 inhabitant. The rate of subscriptions in Luxemburg was around 120 per 100 inhabitants. In Sweden we had 98 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

    I could`t find any recent figures from the US though...
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    Oh my phone is most handy. Single mom, two jobs, co-parent who does not live with me. always on the run - I always reachable and it has helped improve my time management a TON. I agree there are times to put it on mute and let voice-mail get the call tho...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Ah. Your post intigued me so I looked into the issue a bit more closely. Apparantly mobile phone ownership is much more widespread in Europe than in the US. In 2001 you guys had 44 mobile phone subscritpions per 100 inhabitants. Western european countries landed somewhere between 70-90 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants (Luxemburg rated highest at 97).

    More recent figures (2004) showed that EU mobile phone subscriptions have increased to an average of 80 subscriptions per 100 inhabitant. The rate of subscriptions in Luxemburg was around 120 per 100 inhabitants. In Sweden we had 98 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

    I could`t find any recent figures from the US though...
    Latest I could find (US) is also from 2004, 66% (66/100). Taiwan is 110%, Hong Kong 106%. Developed Asia and all of Europe are far ahead of the US in cell phone subscription. The big number is China. They add 60 million subscribers a year.

    Largest usage group in the US is under 25-years of age, even larger than business users. Land line subscription in the US is dropping only 3.2% yearly, lowest in the world. Hopefully our youth will also assist in moving us forward in other circumstances before our staid conceit sinks us.
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    I am one of those throwbacks that has resisted getting a cell phone (I did get one for my wife). I'm retired after years spent either on the phone or talking face to face all day long. Now if someone wants to talk with me they have to call my home and get past the caller ID. I will probably weaken soon because of advances in the technology. I was impressed last week when my son picked me up and I saw him with a small ear piece giving voice commands to his phone while we drove. I caught myself thinking I'm going to have to get one of those to play with.
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    Personally, I carry two, one for business use, one for personal, so I can turn the busness one off when appropriate (the personal one is always on).

    i don't know what I would do without my mobile. It does all the regular phone stuff, has a camer abuilt in (useless function as far as I can tell), and has a built in full function PDA. I get my important Emails there, keep my appointmnet book, etc.... AND, it syncs with my office network anytime I walk through the door. I hear the litle "bing bong" and I know that all is right with the world.

    Personally, I think that poor rate plan availability is part of what is keeping more widespread use in America. Once we see unlimited usage for a reasonable monthly price, including data access, we will, I think, start seeing cell phones replacing land lines. Until then, that will be the exception, not the norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daewoo
    Personally, I think that poor rate plan availability is part of what is keeping more widespread use in America. Once we see unlimited usage for a reasonable monthly price, including data access, we will, I think, start seeing cell phones replacing land lines. Until then, that will be the exception, not the norm.
    I think it goes deeper than rate plans. In the West there are plans to suit anyone's budget, from $9.95/month limited to $49.95 unlimited. Land lines run $15/mo basic to $60.00 unlimited with all the cell features (call waiting, caller ID, etc.) other than email/text/camera. Only 7% of US cell subscribers with land lines have given up their land lines, effectively doubling telephone costs for those who choose both. Land line costs, due to decreasing subscription, are increasing without a corresponding increase in dropping them and going to cells. I think its mindset that parallels uncertain US economic and policy conditions. People in general, especially middle and senior age groups, fear change more than any other emotional factor. Dumping the kitchen telephone would have the same effect on many as their church or the VFW Hall closing down.
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    I have gone without the land line and kept the cell phone at needing to save money periods in my life. I have also noticed land line prices going down. I just got digital phone for $40 a month. I can call anywhere in the US (including Hawaii and Alaska) and Canada at no additional charge.
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    Yea, I have a damn Nextel.....the batteries tend to go quick so you always have to charge it. I never thought it was necessary to own one till I got it, now I don't know where I would be with out it. I'm closer to my friends and family more than ever. It seems so much easier to give my dad/sister/mom a beep anytime rather than picking up the phone and dialing. I sure wouldn't mind the prices going down. I have 500 anytime cellular minutes, unlimited two-way, and free nights(after 9:00)/weekends all for about $47.00/month. Of course I have caller ID and Voicemail for 2 bucks extra. Still that seems like a lot of money compared to some plans that are at $19.99/month.

    I do agree with people who think they are annoying. You DON"T NEED YOUR PHONE IN A RESTAURANT OR MOVIE!!! OK!! IF YOU EVER DO, AND MY DAD IS THERE HE WILL TELL YOU TO SHUT THE PHONE . SO TURN IT OFF MR/MRS HOLLYWOOD. IT ruined my movie and dinner with my family a couple weeks ago.

    That's my thoughts...

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    Can't text on a landline like you can on a mobile, biggest thing for me, so much easier than leaving answerphone messages especially as you can do it silently (if in a noisy pub or club, or quite library or lecture).

    If it bothers you that much put them on silent (most cinemas here ask you to turn them off before the film starts or occasionally are shielded anyway). As for exams, they take them off you at the start at my Uni

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    Yeah, my Uni doesn't though (or at least not that I know of). It comes down to the responsibility of owning a cell phone. If you're going to have one, you need to remember when and where to turn it off.
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    Depends if you want to get disqualified in one of your exams...its serious enough and they are so common here they think its best to sak rather than accidently disqualify someone. For most people you just don't realise its there until it rings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phantos
    Yeah, my Uni doesn't though (or at least not that I know of). It comes down to the responsibility of owning a cell phone. If you're going to have one, you need to remember when and where to turn it off.
    You're correct. And most have a vibrating or light feature that allows MDs and other people on call to check the number and excuse themselves to tend anything of an emergency nature.

    Most decent restaurants and other public places where they'd be considered a nuisance no longer have to post notices; the sudden silence and people staring at the user normally end the conversation before staff can get there. Public consideration often seems to be consistent with surroundings and peer pressure.
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