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Cell phones(11 posts)

Cell phonesLone Gunman
Sep 13, 2001 3:54 PM
Anyone have any questions about the value of cell phones after the last several days? Anyone, Anyone?
Born to LateStickers
Sep 13, 2001 5:11 PM
I hate phones. Invasion of privacy. Introduction of unwanted data into abode. Convenient, yes. Necessary, No. Rude behavior by cell phone users has become the norm. 9-11, a day that has changed us. What have we learned? Society is safer when criminals do not know who is armed. "Stand back, I've got a phone!"
have to agreeDaveG
Sep 14, 2001 9:13 AM
call me a grouch, but I have to agree. While I have one (two actually) and I carry it (turned off) on bike rides, I use them sparingly. I just don't see cell phones making my life that much better. The reason I leave the house it so people DON'T call me. Why is attaching a tether to yourself wherever you go improving your quality of life? More annoyances, extended workday access, degraded driving safety, invasion of privacy - this is a good thing?
re: Cell phonesMJ
Sep 14, 2001 12:40 AM
they're a menace to cyclists the world over as drivers continue to talk on them whilst driving

I bet nobody flames me this time
re: Cell phonesrattie
Sep 14, 2001 2:23 AM
I definately advocate carrying a phone (i have a nokia 8210 nice and small only 79gm).
It saved me last year when i was attacked by a lunatic pickup truck driver.

So IMHO I would say CARRY A PHONE!!!
Carry the phone--for emergencies onlyChris Zeller
Sep 14, 2001 7:48 AM
I think the real problem is distrtacted drivers or restaraunt talkers--basically friverless conversation on phones when people had better be doing something else, or are being dangerous because of it.

But I carry a cell phone, turned off and rarely use it. Its a great piece of emergency equipment.
It's not about the phone, it's their head up their a$$js5280
Sep 14, 2001 9:24 AM
I have no problems with cell phones, they are a convienent item to have for a vareity of purposes. It's the people with their head up their a$$ that bothers me and they are breeding rapidly. Doesn't matter if they have a cell phone to their ear or not. Anyone else notice the bigger the truck/SUV, the bigger the idiot driving it or is it just me?
Ok, but is this about cars or just jerks in general? (nm)Chris Zeller
Sep 14, 2001 10:19 AM
Ok, but is this about cars or just jerks in general? (nm)Ken56
Sep 14, 2001 11:26 AM
I would advocate carrying a cell phone for emergencies. I always have one with me now on rides after an experience two years ago. I never turn it on though, I dont think that's necessary unless under unusual circumstances like your wife is expecting any day now and needs you to drive her to the hospital, or some such excuse.
And I resent the remark about the drivers of large trucks/SUV's. I drive a GMC Yukon and certainly wouldn't want others to see me in that light.
AKA: "Cell Phonies"Tig
Sep 14, 2001 4:51 PM
Cell phones are great for calling from for emergencies and important stuff, but don't give your number out to anyone that you don't want to bug you! I'm involved in the high-tech world of E-commerce, servers and used to work at NASA's Mission Control Center for years, yet hate cell phones for the most part. Nothing is more annoying when at a restaurant or public place than having to listen to someone's half of a shallow conversation. These are the same people that think it's impressive to use one while at the mall or the grocery store. Worst of all are the drivers who think they can talk with one in their ear and still drive safely. In an emergency, they are worth their weight in gold, and have saved a few lives even.
Did I miss something?Elena
Sep 15, 2001 6:48 AM
I thought Lone Gunman's point was that so much more communication during the tragedy was possible because of cellphones. How many events would have changed if this had happened 5 years ago before cell phone popularity? Yes, they are distractions in everyday life, but that's another issue.

Correct me if I'm wrong, L.G., but I think this was what you intended to convey in your original post? We can start a different thread to complain about cell phone misuse, which I certainly agree is a problem.