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I've no interest in cell phones either Jill, but when you are 15 miles to town and your car decides to crap itself, how you going to get help?? I live in a rural area where a "town" is about the same size as an English village. Nearest "large" town 2200 population, 30 miles away, nearest larger town, 11,000 population about 40 miles, and no such thing as pay phones anymore, then you have to have a cell phone.

I hate ALL phones with a vengeance, I didn't even have a land line until I was in my 30's and it was only through a live in G/F who begged me to get one, or I doubt I'd have had any sort of phone until I was in my 40's. My work life revolved around phones for years at work itself. I wasn't about to make life easy for my bosses to get me to come and cover absenteeism or sickness callouts.

And now at 72, hard of hearing, I still hate phones.

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I do the weekly washing down at the river using a flat stone to beat the clothes clean....LOL

 

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Ayeupmeducks  your slipping, that is a job for the wife, it gives them a day out with their friends. lol

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If Jill Sparrow has a mangle, I  think I  might come up and paint it. As for cell phones, mine is a humble Doro, which being on p.a.y.g. only cost me about five every couple of months or so. It sends text, makes phone calls and that's  all I  want.

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58 minutes ago, Ayupmeducks said:

I do the weekly washing down at the river using a flat stone to beat the clothes clean

Daft as it sounds, out here in India, they still do the washing like that. Mind you, most of the time, they're on their mobile phones!!

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I've got an old flip phone on p a y go.  Ok for all I ever do.  I don't need the internet on a four inch screen.

 

Main irritation is automated Doctor and Dentist calls to remind of appointments that I already wrote on my  calender.  I mostly keep it turned off.

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My wife's at the office five days a week, so she's out with clients or doing her books.

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3 hours ago, Brew said:

 

Absolute tosh! I'm surprised you think that...

 

Philmayfield Is correct Brew. I can assure you that my son who runs his own business is totally reliant on his smart phone as is my daughter in law who works in energy supply. In the majority of industries now, a smart phone is essential for everyday work. I have one. I like it and find it useful but it’s not essential. 

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I don’t make many calls on the mobile. It’s main use is as a work of reference. It’s much easier than lugging the  Encyclopaedia Britannica around with me!

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No sir. It's convenient, it a great time saver but it's no more than that. It's only essential when you can't breathe without one. The peak district is on my doorstep and is notorious for 'no signal' areas and radio dead spots but for 28 years we managed to keep the lights on for the majority of the time.

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1 minute ago, philmayfield said:

I don’t make many calls on the mobile. It’s main use is as a work of reference. It’s much easier than lugging the  Encyclopaedia Britannica around with me!

 

So how did you manage before they were invented? I still maintain they are handy but hardly essential. 

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Before they were invented I had to look things up in a book or latterly go online. Now I can get information on tap wherever I am. In addition there are a multitude of useful apps from the weather forecast to speed cameras plus I can make and receive calls whilst driving.

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11 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

Before they were invented I had to look things up in a book or latterly go online. Now I can get information on tap wherever I am. In addition there are a multitude of useful apps from the weather forecast to speed cameras plus I can make and receive calls whilst driving.

 

So they are as I said convenient not essential. None of the other stuff you mention is really necessary and I seriously doubt any of us have had a life changing phone call whilst out driving  - and hands free calls will soon be banned.

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Most newer vehicles this side of the pond, from around 2010 onwards have Wifi stereo systems, and as most modern cell phones have that same App, they can be set up for hands free operation via the vehicles radio/player.

There's a select button under the rear view mirror and on the steering wheel, press either and it goes into Wifi phone mode, once set up to recognize one's voice, you tell it what number to dial and it gets on with the job while you are driving with little distraction.

My BIL uses his all the time.

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5 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

This is the 21st century Brew! :biggrin:

And we got here without a single mobile phone before 1973! How good are we?    ;)

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On the topic of "no signal", my house and most of my 80 acres of land are a RF "black hole" as regards of frequencies above 440Mhz, in fact there is only one spot I have found that has any "bars" showing, and that is on the hill of my north west field.

One good thing about that is if we have guests stay over, their phones won't be a rude distraction, and their kids will leave with "cell phone withdrawal symptoms".

This whole area has poor signal reception due to the topography of the area, hills and dales.

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2 minutes ago, Ayupmeducks said:

Most newer vehicles this side of the pond, from around 2010 onwards have Wifi stereo systems, and as most modern cell phones have that same App, they can be set up for hands free operation via the vehicles radio/player.

There's a select button under the rear view mirror and on the steering wheel, press either and it goes into Wifi phone mode, once set up to recognize one's voice, you tell it what number to dial and it gets on with the job while you are driving with little distraction.

My BIL uses his all the time.

 There are quite a few cars with voice activation. Tell the satnav where you're going, who to phone etc. I speak regularly with some senior police officers and it's their opinion the Dept of Trans has accepted that hands free is a 'hazard' and are considering a ban. The stumbling block is how to police it. 

 

In an accident one of the first things they check now days is your phone.

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I'm a supporter of smart phones, but I agree they're convenient rather than essential. It's just that they make life much easier.

 

If you're in a pub talking about anything and everything, you can immediately find the answer to any useless information/general knowledge question which someone brings up. In the old days, that would've been a disagreement which would take ages - if ever - to be resolved.

 

Things like...........Who won the FA Cup in 1935....Who was Prime Minister in 1952....what year was Delilah the No1 single....Who were the presenters of How?...

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Ayupmeducks said:

On the topic of "no signal", my house and most of my 80 acres of land are a RF "black hole" as regards of frequencies above 440Mhz, in fact there is only one spot I have found that has any "bars" showing, and that is on the hill of my north west field.

One good thing about that is if we have guests stay over, their phones won't be a rude distraction, and their kids will leave with "cell phone withdrawal symptoms".

This whole area has poor signal reception due to the topography of the area, hills and dales.

 

And I bet none of them die!

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6 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

I'm a supporter of smart phones,

 

So am I, or was. I thought 'what a great idea' and bought a Samsung S6 (a refurb because I'm a tight sod). Sadly I can think of no other use for it than calls and text with an odd photo. Tried accessing the 'Net when I first got it but it's such a palaver I gave up.

My old Nokia C20 does all that in a much smaller package. Anything else can wait

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34 minutes ago, Cliff Ton said:

 

 

Things like...........Who won the FA Cup in 1935....Who was Prime Minister in 1952....what year was Delilah the No1 single....Who were the presenters of How?...

 

 

I can honestly say I have never discussed any of those questions with anybody in or out of a pub!   

 

Sheffield Wednesday

Winston Churchill

It never was?

Fred Dinenage, Bunty Jones,  Jon Miller,  Jack Hargreaves

 

Only knew one of the answers without  googling!

 

 

 

 

 

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I don't  have a Smart phone or want one!! If I  need to find out owt...I've  got NOTTSTALGIANS.:rolleyes:

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17 minutes ago, MargieH said:

Only knew one of the answers

 

Me too... didn't bother looking for the other answers...

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How!  Watched it religiously as a child. Was it Jon Miller who sustained several injuries as a result of explosions in his shed at home whilst experimenting with various chemicals. Never be allowed now. He'd be seen as a bad role model for children Elf & Safety- wise. Jack Hargreaves smoked his pipe throughout the programme! Tut, tut. Couldn't do that now, either!

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