What's your take on the high tech cellphones?! Do you have one?!

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Okay so this is a bit off topic lol...my fiance surprised me for Christmas with a new Droid phone! I was extremley excited and a bit shocked that he was able to pull it off without me knowing! This phone does it all man! I can walky-talky my fiance, surf the web, download apps, I mean pretty much everything! Now do we really need these high-tech phones? Mmmm....probably not! Lol...but we can financially afford them, and we don't use our home phone very often, so it's nice to have it. My question is how many other moms really enjoy the smart phones?

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Jodi - posted on 12/28/2010

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I guess I'm the odd duck out on this one so far. I HATE cellphones in general, but especially "smart phones". The only reason I have a cellphone (which by the way, calls people, I can text, but I don't think I ever have and has no games, no camera, no nada, I'm pretty sure it was meant for older people as the number pad is HUGE!) is because we don't have a land-line.
I find that people with basic cell-phones can be very rude, but the more high-tech, the more off putting and rude they CAN be. Obviously, some people have half a brain! I hate when I'm out to dinner, at the movies or what not and people's phones are going off at maximum volume, then they answer and have to talk extra loud. I hate when people are visiting me, or I'm visiting them and they answer a text every 30 seconds. I hate that my husband now feels the need to show me some stupid you-tube video every day just because he gets alerts on his phone about it. I hate when people don't turn off their cell phones for dinner, movies, visiting etc etc. I HATE HATE seeing people driving like crazy with a phone stuck their ear or glued in their hand in front of their face when they should be driving...and then the little kids in the back seat...great example to set.

Hate 'em, I wish they would dissapear personally.

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Jenn - posted on 12/30/2010

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I don't even have a cell phone and have no clue what a droid is - it sounds like a robot to me.

Krista - posted on 12/29/2010

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Oh, I would definitely not want to pay the extra for a smart phone, but I can expense it through work, which is great. And Jenny, I also have the LG Rumour right now -- it IS a great little phone, isn't it?

Nikki - posted on 12/29/2010

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I love mine, all my data and internet is included in my bill of $40 a month, I get hours worth of free calls, I can watch foxtel (satellite tv) check my email, facebook, google, take quality photos etc. The only thing I can't do is access CoM, which drives me insane!! I am by no means addicted to it, most months I only use half my allowed credit, but I can't imagine going back to a basic phone now.

Sharon - posted on 12/28/2010

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I adore mine! Being able to use Apps is truely being able to design your own phone.

I use mine all the time.

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2010

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Wow ladies this really shocks me! Lol...maybe it's just because where we live almost everyone is in competition to upgrade someone else lol...we recently just switched providers and now my soon to be sis in law is pouting because they had sweet phones and now we have walky talkys, lol....I really like it and I can do just about anything on it! I would be lost without my phone! I guess I'm surprised that there is less "techy" people out there! My uncle swears off cell phones, he thinks they're addictive and that they're too complicated and chaotic and that people need to stick with the "normal" way of doing things...yet he's an arcitecht for a big city in iowa....strange man lol, stuck in his ways I guess! But anywho glad to see some differences with this thread though!! :)

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I had a smart phone and hated it, and I really hated the bill, I like my real computer. I use my home phone and I also have an answering machine and my cheap pre-paid cell phone.

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I don't have a high tech cell phone and have no use for one either. In fact, I don't have a cell phone at all except for a cheapo pre-paid that rarely has minutes on it. I carry it with me anyhow though, because I can still call 911 if need be. The way I see it, I have a land line. No one NEEDS to talk to me that bad when I'm at the grocery or in my car. I also don't have voicemail on my home phone. I have an answering machine. For those of you who don't know what an "answering machine" is (insert humorous sarcasm here :P ), it's just like voicemail, only I don't pay for it every month :)

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We have basic phones. I'm sure I'd enjoy a smart phone, but we'd rather the money go elsewhere. My husband doesn't have text messaging, but I do..."for my business."

Lindsay - posted on 12/28/2010

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I just have a basic cell phone and I'll keep it that way. I have a home phone, a laptop and such and have no need for those extra features on a cell phone. Plus, I'm not willing to spend the extra each month on a data plan that comes along with a smart phone. I could live without a cell phone but I have one to be reachable to the kids' school when I'm not at home and for emergencies. Nothing is a bigger pet peeve of mine than to see parents at the park constantly fooling with their phones instead of playing with their kids, people that can't sit down for a meal without messing with their phone and people that won't hang up the thing when they are getting waited on in a store. When I was a bank teller and the next person in line was on their phone, I would politely tell them I would wait on them when they were done and signal the next person in line. :)

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I had a Droid, I got it when they first came out, but I never used the features and I thought the extra $35/month I was paying for the "data plan" was a bit ridiculous for features I rarely, if ever, used. I recently down-graded to a basic phone and I am very happy. Like Jocelyn, I have other devices to do all those extra things, and they do them better too. I do have to have a cell phone because we do not use a home phone--It didn't make since to have both, and I felt like I needed the cell phone for security, and in case anyone watching my son needed to reach me.

I also agree that if you have to answer your phone while you are with someone else, keep the conversation short, and inform the caller that you will call them back. Like, I always answer for certain people, like my mom, b/c there could be an emergency, but if she is just calling to say "hi", I tell her quickly that I am with someone and will call her back.

Oh, and I HATE it when people talk on the phone when they are checking out at a store or restaurant. Aside from it being very disrespectful to the cashier, it makes your transaction take longer, and if I'm behind you and in a hurry, you will know it.

I don't mind loud ringtones, as a lot of people work in loud environments and forget to turn them down after work, men especially, but I do get annoyed if it rings, at any volume, in a theater, play, concert, or special service--have some respect people!!!

okay, I'll get off my soapbox now :P

Joanna - posted on 12/28/2010

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I hate how inconsiderate people can be with cells. Only time I use it when I'm out is for emergency calls or to use the map if I'm lost, or playing a game if I'm in a lOng line like at thepost office. And it's always on vibrate in public, no loud ringtones here.

Amie - posted on 12/28/2010

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I do not at the moment have a cell phone, I used to but I canceled it a long time ago. I have no need for one. I have my lap top for the internet, our home phone to talk to people, my camera to take photos with and game systems galore to play games on.

What Jodi said here...

"I find that people with basic cell-phones can be very rude, but the more high-tech, the more off putting and rude they CAN be. Obviously, some people have half a brain! I hate when I'm out to dinner, at the movies or what not and people's phones are going off at maximum volume, then they answer and have to talk extra loud. I hate when people are visiting me, or I'm visiting them and they answer a text every 30 seconds"

...is why I shut off my phone to begin with. I had it for emergency situations. When I was home, people would still text me even after I told them to just call! Drove me nuts! We are moving to an acreage in a couple months, I will be getting another one then as will my husband. The majority of our driving will be done on highways and back roads, with no one in quick distance to help in many cases. So we will need them, otherwise I could live quite happily without one.

Jocelyn - posted on 12/28/2010

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I have a plain old cell phone lol. I don't need my cell phone to go online (I have a laptop) I don't need my phone to listen to music (I have an ipod) I don't need my phone to read books (I have books and a library card lol) and I don't need my phone to take pictures (I have an indestructible waterproof camera that goes everywhere with me). I have one friend who who is completely addicted to her blackberry--she's on it all the time, even when we're at the park with the kids. It's a little ridiculous if you ask me.
I lost my cell phone a couple months ago and went to go replace it and the guy behind the counter looked at me like I was on crack because I said I didn't want a smart phone o_0 If I got one for a present, yeah it'd be cool I guess, but I'd probably just disable the internet like I did on my current low-tech cell LOL

Sarah - posted on 12/28/2010

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I'm not really into the high-tech cell phone thing. As long as my phone can call people & I can text occasionally, then I feel that's all I need lol. My husband, on the other hand, has a Droid & he LOVES that thing. I swear it's permanently attached to his hand lol.

Joanna - posted on 12/28/2010

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I'm using my iPhone right this second :).

I normally hate these things, i just needed a phone to call people, not all these gadgets. But this thing saves me, I can surf facebook or play scrabble or look up real estate, all during a 2 am nursing session.

Erin - posted on 12/28/2010

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I have a Droid 2. I love the fact that I can access the internet pretty much anywhere. I don't think I could go back to a regular phone.

Jodi - posted on 12/28/2010

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I don't have one, but we are looking at getting one each. But the main reason is that we run two businesses, we think it would be really useful :)

Krista - posted on 12/28/2010

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I don't have one, but I would definitely like to have a smart phone. Right now, if I'm traveling for work and want to check my emails, I have to haul out my laptop, boot it up, and hope I can find a wireless signal from somewhere. It'd be so much faster and easier to just access it through my smartphone. I still have 2 years on my contract for this one, but as soon as it's up, I'm hoping to get something like the LG Optimus Quantum, 'cause it's got a touchscreen but also has a slide-out keyboard, which I greatly prefer to the on-screen keyboards.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 12/28/2010

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My first high-tech touch phone was a Instinct from Sprint…and I loved it..that was 3years ago, now I have a touch/key pad Palm pre…and I like that just the same…im more use to operating the high-tech phones, then I am the simple ones…
I want a new one...the 4G from Sprint!

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