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Hammer, I hope you took that in the fun it was intended.

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I also hate cell phones, mine is turned off 99% of the time, but I do charge it & I know how to use it. I got a free service one ( you buy hte phone but the service is free from Freedom pop. I hate them but they are a necessary evil.

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Hammer, I hope you took that in the fun it was intended.

Yes I did Lee, I thought that your comment was funny!

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when we got married, I jumped on my wife's plan.  Recently she got a new smart phone and handed me a new 3G Flip-phone.  

I only know how to make a phone call with this new phone.  When I turn it on, it says "4G", so I guess that is the newest method to connect....well, not so much at my house since I live in a fringe area and this phone doesn't connect very well.

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I don't use my phone for phone calls that much...fairly infrequently. I do text. 90% of my phone use, though, is for Waze or GPS. Working in and living near Boston, it's soooooooooo nice to have something that can find the best way to work or home for me when it's trafficky. I know the way home...I know how to drive around the city. But having something that can usually find me the best route...getting me to work in 45 minutes rather than 90...is priceless (why suffer when you don't have to?). There's so much road construction..I was in an area that I used to work in and knew very well but hadn't been to for a while. With road closures and traffic direction changes, i was lost in like 5 minutes. Not lost (I knew where I was), but certainly needlessly driving around in circles. Waze/Google Maps/GPS is a life and time saver. A paper map can't tell you which roads are crap at any given moment, so there's that.

 

And I think it's more that so many people have cell phones there's not much need for pay phones so why should they be maintained for the 1 person in 1 or 2 million who needs it?

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To me, cell phones are a detriment to any civilized society.  If you don't believe that, watch what happens when you are out in public, and someone that you are talking to, gets a call or a text message on their cell phone.  Do they ignore the phone call or text message?...or do they ignore you and answer the phone call or the text message.  Most people respond to the call or the text message....as if that is so important, that they feel the need to ignore you.

 

I would have been an attentive friend but this phone made me pick it up and look at it. It seems like your anger is misplaced. Couldn't dare blame poor behavior on the person...it's got to be the phone's fault.

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I would have been an attentive friend but this phone made me pick it up and look at it. It seems like your anger is misplaced. Couldn't dare blame poor behavior on the person...it's got to be the phone's fault.

It is true that the people are ignorant, not the phone. Last week, I was in line at the pharmacy, the idiot in front of me was glued to her stupid phone, so she did not hear the tech call her up, so I told her into her ear. I was politer than I felt lol

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I don't understand why people think that it's okay to talk out loud on their cell phones in public....as if everyone around them is interested in what they are talking about.  I have often thought about going into a public place...a food store, a Wal-Mart, whatever, and answering a fake cell phone and speaking a bit loudly so that everyone around me can hear what I'm saying.  I'd pretend to be a porn movie producer, and use vile terms to speak to whomever is on the "fake" phone.  Once I'm finished, I'll look around at anyone who is around me and say, what?  You didn't like what I was saying?  Then why do YOU think that I want to hear what you're saying on your cell phone?  Leave the cell phone in the car....I don't want to hear your conversations either! :)

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I see many good uses for cell phones and definitely Waze is one of them. I often travel alone and use the Waze app to get me to my destination without having to stop and look at a map or when there is a huge traffic delay, Waze gets you a good alternate route.

 

I also have elderly family members and it keeps us connected when we are out or traveling. Do I have to have it, no. But, is it helpful to my Father and our in laws in their 90's, definitely. We are traveling to Scotland again and my Dad knows that if he were to need me, he can call me. It is great peace of mind for both of us.

 

We went to a wedding this weekend in a very remote North Coast location. My daughter went ahead of us and was able to call us and tell us that the route we would be taking to the wedding had a rockslide and there was hours of delays. We were able to leave early enough not to get caught in the mess.

 

Do we need these devices.....no, we don't. I grew up with home phones and never thought anything of it. But once upon a time there was no air conditioning either and people survived without it but, I would not want to go back to those days either!

 

There is a thing called cell phone etiquette and we should all abide by certain rules of conduct. Don't talk on your phone in restaurants, go outside. In person conversation always trumps phone texts or calls. Don't text or talk and drive. But it is all mostly just common courtesy rules. I don't care if someone is on their phone and I can hear them. I hear conversations that don't pertain to me all day long and it's fine. I don't get angry if two friends are talking to each other and I can hear them.

 

Don't leave cells in the car. Talk about asking for car break ins. If we all did that it would be a free for all for thieves. Need a cell? Break into a car and take it out of the center console.

 

Nope, I vote for common courtesy.

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I don't really understand this discussion about cell phones, they are definitely better than the party line phones we had when I was a kid, we were Two rings. Then today I messaged lift on my phone to pick me up for my run. Then I guess I could still sit there and listen to the radio.. "The shadow knows".

Life is what it is these day, just enjoy it.

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Actually recommended this site to a friend, the email back was why are the talking about cell phones,is that a new cure for duabetes?

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Fraser, this is Chit Chat. Everyone needs to talk about other things besides diabetes sometimes. This is the thread that anything goes.

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It is true that the people are ignorant, not the phone. Last week, I was in line at the pharmacy, the idiot in front of me was glued to her stupid phone, so she did not hear the tech call her up, so I told her into her ear. I was politer than I felt lol

Yes you were very polite! I've seen 3 stores here where if you are next in line and you're busy on your phone and say "just a second" they take the next person in line and make the phone person wait. Excellent policy!

 

I've had the same phone that I got (at hubby's insistence) 15 years ago. Not a smart phone, but works well enough so I can text and keep up with my grand kids since we're several states apart.

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Fraser, I remember the party line phones. Huge piece of equipment on the wall IIRC about 30inches. I  was just a small child & had to stand on a chair to be tall enough speak into it .

 

I'd turn the handle on the side & hear Mavis say " operator". She would then make the  connection.

 

The adults used to speak in code knowing Mavis & others listened in.

 

If you heard the phone make a ping noise, then you knew others were using their phones.  if you were a sticky beak, you could  pick up the ear piece & listen in.

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When I had this house built some 40 years ago, I tried to have a phone installed....it took two weeks before I was able to get a phone installed, and at that time, we were on a 6 party line.  If I made a long distance call, I had to dial 1-7, then the phone number.  The 1-7 meant that it was from my phone, so I would be charged for the call.  If I dialed 1-6, then my neighbor would be charged for the call.  It took more than a year before we were able to get a private phone line, but that's what you could expect when you lived out in the middle of nowhere. :)

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A question....is it possible to turn off something that I think is called "auto correct" when texting?...the thing that tries to "correct" a word that doesn't need to be corrected?  That thing is a piece of trash.  Oh, never mind, I just Googled it and found out how to turn it off.

 

I don't see how anyone can text with a cell phone.  I turn the phone sideways so that the keyboard is larger, and I try to answer a text message that my daughter sent me earlier that day, and in order to type on that tiny keyboard, I have to use my pinky finger, and even then, I sometimes fat finger the keyboard.  Geez....I just want to throw this phone in the trash!

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On my Samsung phone. Under settings. There is a selection for "language and input"  then there is the "Samsung keyboard" which has numerous auto settings to play with.

 

I donot like the auto complete either.

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That is the problem.  When I click on "Language and Input", I get the window that says, "Samsung Keyboard".  When I click on that, all that comes up is "Samsung Keyboard".  There are no other settings that I can choose from.  I think that I will take this piece of junk phone to my daughter's house, give it to her, and see if she can turn off the Auto Correct function.  If she can't, then she can just throw this phone in the trash can and cancel whatever service she signed it up for.....I will have no use for it.  Auto correct....who is the idiot that came up with that?:angry:

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You're almost there. I suspect you are selecting for Default Keyboard. A little further down you will see "On-screen keyboard". This will take you to a list of all keyboards installed on the machine. Select the one you are using and it will take you to its config. 

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Hammer get yourself a stylus. A stylus is  pen like instrument with a foam tip that you use to write with. They have them that fit into where you plug in the earphones. I found it hard to write with my finger like others do. I kept hitting the wrong letters or more than 1 at a time but it works great with the stylus.

Many times it autocorrects if you don't use a capital if it's needed. Look to the bottom left of the keyboard for an upward arrow. That gives you capitals. The numbers there gives you numbers and signs keyboard. When you are on the number keyboard abc appears in that spot. To go back to the keyboard click on them.

 

Perseverance is the key. Text often enough and it soon becomes old hat. If this 76year old woman can learn so can you

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I finally figured out how to turn off "Auto Correct", so that is no longer an issue....not to mention that I will rarely, if ever, text with this phone.  I don't see the point of texting, I mean, if you have something that is worthwhile saying, then just call the person and tell them what you have to say.  It seems to me that texting is no more than people saying worthless things to another person.  Do we really need to text someone to tell them what clothes we will be wearing to work tomorrow?....or what we plan on eating for dinner?...or that we're at the mall, looking for a new pair of shoes?

 

I turn this phone on once a day, usually late at night, to see if my daughter has left me a message.  If she hasn't, then I turn the phone off.....and to be able to do this will cost me about $30 a month.  What a waste!  I told my daughter not to try and call me on this phone (I don't even know the phone number for it), because it will never be turned on.  I don't want to get phone calls on this phone, I just want to have it in case my car breaks down, so that I can call for help, since there are no more pay phones.

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I use my smart phone to replace a number of other devices. Like reading the headlines or checking weather radar, etc.  I rarely get or make actual phone calls and as a result I use a pay as you go plan with minimal data and connect to WIFI whenever possible.  Very possible for me but not for everyone.

 

Email is a "fire and forget" type of message but requires internet access.  TEXTING is the little brother of Email but does not require internet access just cell access.  Texting is extremely useful for people who DON'T turn their phone on.  Or those who don't pick up when you call, or must disable their phone, like people who are driving or teachers.  Text messages should be informative messages like "Game starts at 6"  or "Dinner at 5:30".

 

I agree that much of social media /tweats /email / text is a huge waste of time particularly to make useless comments about clothing or feelings or to post selfies.  The sheep will hang on every word.   But who really cares?  Some people seem to think  they are more important if they make regular comments.  

 

But each to his own.

 

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Hammer---- Texts can be more than meaningless chatter. My cell phone is a lifeline between my son and I. He leads a busy life and is not always available so I get the answering machine if I call their landline. They may or may not listen to their messages. I used to get frustrated trying to get in touch especially if it were something important. At least that's the way it used to be before I got my cell phone.

 

Texting helps us keep in touch and that is important now that I'm on my own. My son worries about me and being able to text. Hi how are you today and receive an answer helps. To me that's worth my $30 a month. He does phone often but that is not our prime mode of communication these days.

 

If you are going to turn off your phone and forget it you'd better remember to charge it or it won't be available to call anyone

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The best thing about texting is that it cuts down on time. 

 

Looking at recent text history

 

"escaped work early. on my way, see you in 30"

Grocery list from Mr Fuzzy

Latest picture or video of my brother's grandson. 

Happy Birthday! When is a good time for me to call (common with brother #2 and I as we both can have odd schedules) 

 

As said before, it is a tool. People choose how they use it. You are determined that if can't be useful so you make sure it can't (keeping it turned off) and telling everyone how useless it is. 

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Saturday evening, had a family get together, kept it small, because rain was forecasted for the afternoon, so I ran with the thought it was going to be rained off, but fortunately it didn’t, some light showers that’s all, but all the family came as expected. Say, around 12 family members turn up including the grands, the dear lady and one of my daughters laid on the spread/food, needless to say plenty to eat and drink, and we had a great time. Even the grands had their smart phones. Got that out the way.

Back to the “cell phones”

The cell phone has a compelling and positive impact probably one of the most innovation devices in our lives today, which makes it very difficult not to have one. Not only for communication, there are other advantages, entertainment, beneficial in studies for the young, health issues, emergencies/accidents on the go i.e. banking, socialising, GPS, pictures, and the list goes on. Now! How on earth, can you possible do without one of these modern-day inventions? You have to be stark, raving m*d, a good enough phrase.

My home is about 5 minutes away from one of the biggest shopping complexes in ESSEX, probably will take me a good few day to get around, absolutely massive. Say, one of daughters wanted me to join her at Lakeside for a spot of lunch, I would say just give me the name of the restaurant, and with the help of my smart phone GPS, problem solved, find the restaurant with no problem.

But above all, I love (what’s app) this is an app which keeps my family group in touch at all times, and because it’s a family groups, it just keeps the conversation within our group, don’t fancy being burgle when we’re all out.:D

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Lakeside shopping complex.

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You mentioned something I had forgotten, banking.

 

So, last fall when I went back to help my mom I also ended up helping my brother.  Mother won't let him have a bank card (we won't go there today) and he has no credit cards.  He really needed a new computer and we had been out running for the entire day.

 

We walk into BestBuy and he finds a nice one on sale for a good price.  But they don't take checks (I've yet to get my mother to comprehend that I can barely pay for anything by check out here).  We're going to have to drive all the way back to the small town bank my mother insists on using (1 branch in the entire state) so he can get the cash out so we can then drive all the way back.

 

I pull out my phone, open my banking app, confirm the balance and what all we have pending to go out for bill pay.  I then hand the sales person at BestBuy my Visa check card and charge it to there.  Brother #1 writes me a check, back to the bank app on my phone, I snap a picture of the front and back of the check to deposit it.  I had deposited my brother's check before we even left the store, and the money was in my account before the charge even came through from BestBuy.

 

There is no way I could have done this via bank as there are no local branches for my bank anywhere near where they live.  It would have been over a week until I could deposit that check if I had done it my traditional methods.

 

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