Mobile Phones

  1. I just want to know could you live without one or do u guys need one all the time?
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I recently just got rid of mine. Couldn't really justify the expense for literally less that 30 minutes of use a month. I'm getting along OK. I really only miss it when I'm grocery shopping and can't remember what we need.

    Heather
  4. by   kristi915
    I have a phone.....I get those tracphone card thingies...they are good for emergencies like when I'm driving or something. Then once the card starts to run out I just use those minutes and get a new card...........I guess it's really the only way to stay safe or feel safe for me..

    I could live without it.
  5. by   nurseleigh
    I got rid of mine too, but only because I couldn't afford it. I hope to get it turned back on after graduation.

    Honestly, I don't really like them, but they are great to have in an emergency. I travel about 4 hours to my moms every 2-3 months and sometimes have to go with just my two kids because of hubby's work schedule and it eased my mind to know that if anything happened I had a phone.

    I don't see any other reason to carry one. Nothing is so important that my family and friends need a direct line to me 24 hours a day.

    Leigh
  6. by   Tweety
    I've never had one. There have been a couple of times when I've needed on though, but those are few and far between.
  7. by   Rav_810
    This year i have spent so much on mobile calls, it just ain't worth it. Lot of my friends at uni are never home so the only way to contact them is on thier mobile phone, or SMS. However it is good for an emergency as some ppl here have said. When i went overseas last year i took my mobile phone gee the bill i don't even want to mention, careful when u use it overseas. I guess it's up to te person to use mobiles responsibly.
  8. by   Beach_RN
    I love mine! I actually use it more than my land line b/c it's cheaper..... let's I have Verizon, I pay 39.99 for 30 min..... plus I have 1000 anytime minutes.... and free weekends !

    I use my land line for local calls..... I pay about 30.00 a month for that line..... I use to pay about 150.00 a months before we switched mobil plan.....and started using the cell more!

    My DH Works nights... I alone then...... and when I'm at school if the babysitter needs to reach me.... or one of the kids coaches.... whatever.... I have come to the point where I have grown accostomed to having it.... I wouln't give it up!
  9. by   Mkue
    I have Verizon too, thought I would use it a lot but I really don't.. just waiting for the time I slide off the road during a bad snow storm. I don't even know how to check messages.
    :chuckle
  10. by   Youda
    I do the tracfone thing, too. I love it! $100 for all year. I wouldn't feel safe without it. Can't beat the price for having peace of mind and security. Comes in handy when I need a tow truck, running late to work, need to call 911, get a flat, want to check road conditions when I'm on the road . . .
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    Just upgraded service, new phone for 1cent with Verizon and got hubby cellphone for Christmas as usually borrows mine. Since I travel now to see some Docs offices for maketing, need to keep in touch with home office.
  12. by   deespoohbear
    I love my cell phone too. I am on the road a lot by myself, or just me and my sons. My parents live 6 hours away and I just feel safer having it. There has been a couple of times where my vehicle has stranded me in the middle of nowhere and I used my phone to call for help. I don't usually have mine turned on unless I am in my vehicle. Very few people have my cell number...my parents, my hubby, the kids, my cousin. Just got my hubby a cell phone also. Works out great with him being a farmer and working in the fields. If he breaks down, he can get help. Plus, it is a lot easier for me to reach him because sometimes I am not sure which field he is in. I use my cell to call my folks on the weekends and my Grandma occasionally. I am not tied to my phone 24/7 but if I am not at home or work I like to have it on me. My FIL is elderly and needs to be able to get in contact with us at all times. Plus, I like the idea of my kids being able to reach me if I am out running errands or such.

    I guess owning a cell phone all depends what needs you have in your life. I can't imagine not having one, but I can see where people can function without them.....
  13. by   jemb
    Supposedly, if you keep the battery charged, you can call 911 even on a cell phone that is not on an service plan at the time. (Never tested it, but saw it on, I believe, Clark Howard's website.)

    I use mine occassionally. Due to the hours I work, sometimes the only way I can make appointments or reach businesses, is to call while in transit to work. And there are other times that it comes in very handy. I'm not much of a phone person, so I rarely have long conversations over the phone, even from my home phone.
  14. by   Stargazer
    I was actually just going to start a new thread about this. I like having a cell phone for emergencies and for convenience, but I rarely use it, so it isn't worth going with a monthly plan. I signed up for AT&T's Prepaid Minutes plan because I could buy the minimum ($25) which was good for 37 minutes anywhere in the country. I rarely had to buy more minutes.

    However, now they've made it so the minutes expire in 45 days instead of 90, which is no longer such a hot deal; and reloading minutes is a giant ass-pain because you have to go through Voicemenu Hell (where they try to sell you more AT&T products and services before they'll let you continue); you have to enter your phone number and PIN repeatedly; and for some reason, the damned thing never recognizes my credit card as valid and I end up having to talk to an operator. They can't explain to me why this happens every time.

    So I'm looking to go with another prepaid minutes program. I looked at Verizon's, and it's...eh. Not sure I'd be much better off. Does anyone use a program other than AT&T? Are you happy with it? What are the costs and expiration times?

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