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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?

I almost feel embarrassed and old to give my land line number for a  contact. I find my calls are screened when scam calls come in and ID'd. Five dollars a week with Spectrum package. I am home more than out. Businesses will still  need a main landline  contact number?

 

I find a Tracfone  service meets my needs and I upgrade every three years.  I text a couple of people. I like the untrusive use and share cartoons.  Check weather. Check email occasionally on it.  I like Google. So many available Apps and select the ones I  need or use. 

 

Grocery store is using didgetal discounts. Hate it. I like my Samsung just fine. Last one was from HSN installed in December with a year's minutes for my needs. Wish it worked overseas  but I survive with email for a trip every few years. 

 

I just bought new car  two weeks ago and rarely will even use the screen for phone/text notification or Google map. Nice when needed. The  phone was set up to start, lock and unlock my car on the Smartphone but the only thing that works is unlock so back to the dealer I will go. Will be nice for Winter where I live.  Understand  dropping  land line but like the option. Many Seniors I know have Consumer Cellular. 

 

The Cell phone use was so rampant with the young employees in my last two workplaces the job was severely neglected and threats  were made to turn in phones when they arrived! Just on Today show how teens are not getting needed sleep to mature and develop.

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?

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@Jersey Born    CA is  not banning them.  The companies who service the landlines no longer want to maintain the lines.   AT&T  is the culprit.  It's all about money and the bottom line.   Like it or not, most people no longer want to pay extra for a landline.   I am paying Spectrum $20 a month for a phone that isn't really a landline - it is internet based so if the internet goes out you don't have phone service.  I am canceling the service

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?

I am in So. Cal. and have AT&T bundled with TV, internet and land line.  We pay about $139/mo.  I use my land line exclusively to talk to my dtr and family in Texas.  The only problem is that since our land line is not with the phone company, if we lose power (which we do with high winds), our phone does not work.  Hubby and I share a cell phone since we are retired and together most of the time.  What will businesses do without a land line?   I hope this does not happen.  Too any people will be adversely affected.

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?

Cell phones are what you make them.  We got rid of the landline awhile ago.  I've had Tracfone for years. Love them, text my kids, Google stuff, pictures, videos Tracfone is all I use.  My husband has Consumer Cellular. It's ok too but it costs more than Tracfone to use. We were inundated with sales calls on the landline, glad it's gonzo.

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?


@Effie54 wrote:

@bikerbabe wrote:

@silkyk wrote:

We just received a notification that our MAJOR telephone land line co.is trying to stop service in our huge area. Too much line maintenance they say. We live in the hills and cell service is spotty so we will be out of touch I guess. We are quickly becoming a 3rd world country.



AT&T notified the state of California that they want to stop support for copper land lines, in most of the state, at least in the most populous areas where anyone lives. It has to get approval but I figure this trend is going to progress to other states, if it hasn't already.


California is a whole different world compared to other states. 


@Effie54 

Someone always has to have a smart ****** remark about California. 

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@Tinkrbl44 wrote:

@reiki604 wrote:

@Tinkrbl44 In response tto the question you asked @nancy drew, Everything is backed up to the cloud so it could immediately be recovered if necessary. Same info is also on my IPad and laptop.


 

@reiki604 

 

Well, that's good.  Even if you have everything backed up, if it's stolen, you're out about a grand to replace it.

 

 


@Tinkrbl44 

I have had a cell phones for over 20+ years. I have never lost my phone, damaged the screen, or had it stolen.

 

I don't even bother to carry the insurance that carriers offer to cover these types of mishaps.

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?


@icezeus wrote:

@Effie54 wrote:

@bikerbabe wrote:

@silkyk wrote:

We just received a notification that our MAJOR telephone land line co.is trying to stop service in our huge area. Too much line maintenance they say. We live in the hills and cell service is spotty so we will be out of touch I guess. We are quickly becoming a 3rd world country.



AT&T notified the state of California that they want to stop support for copper land lines, in most of the state, at least in the most populous areas where anyone lives. It has to get approval but I figure this trend is going to progress to other states, if it hasn't already.


California is a whole different world compared to other states. 


@Effie54 

Someone always has to have a smart ****** remark about California. 


It is what it is...sorry

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?

@Kachina624 

 

I'm with you on the smart phones. Mine is in my handbag always, hardly ever use it, but in case  of an emergency or getting in touch with my husband when we're out shopping together. My husband bought it for me,I didn't want one!

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?


@sunshine45 wrote:

one of THE BEST things about having a smartphone......

staying close with friends and family members who live all over the world!

if this were 30 - 40 years ago, we would have much more limited communication and it would cost MUCH more!


 

@sunshine45 

 

Really?  Not to put too fine a point on it, but wouldn't it be the same with a regular cell phone?  I don't think long distance calls are less on a smart phone than a regular phone.   

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Re: SOME AMERICANS SAYING NO TO SMART PHONES AND EMBRACING DIGITAL MINIMALISM?


@icezeus wrote:

@Effie54 wrote:

@bikerbabe wrote:

@silkyk wrote:

We just received a notification that our MAJOR telephone land line co.is trying to stop service in our huge area. Too much line maintenance they say. We live in the hills and cell service is spotty so we will be out of touch I guess. We are quickly becoming a 3rd world country.



AT&T notified the state of California that they want to stop support for copper land lines, in most of the state, at least in the most populous areas where anyone lives. It has to get approval but I figure this trend is going to progress to other states, if it hasn't already.


California is a whole different world compared to other states. 


@Effie54 

Someone always has to have a smart ****** remark about California. 


 

@icezeus   @Effie54   @bikerbabe 

 

Yeah, and more often than not they also add some snarky, self-righteous comment about "Hollywood".  LOL