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


@Tinkrbl44 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 

 

True ....  and California has the fifth largest economy in the WORLD.   


And very stringent regulations 

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


@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.


@silkyk  "3rd world country".  So dramatic.Woman LOL

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

I find it strange that people who refuse a smart phone think of it as some sort of badge of honor, when in reality it is anything but.  

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@occasionalrain   That's an interesting thought. I never thought of it that way but it's true.

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@Enufstuff wrote:

@SilleeMee   I know what you mean. So many places now, just expect and assume that any and all transactions need to be done on a cell phone.

 

I do have an inexpensive LG Tracfone and carry it when I leave the house, in case of emergency. I don't need to text anyone. I prefer to speak to them on my home phone or visit in person.

 

I refuse to spend over a thousand dollars for a cell phone plus the monthly service charge. I already spend over $300. a month for home phone, internet and cable. I refuse to spend extra for streaming services on cable too.


@Enufstuff I said on an other post, I don't conduct business on my phone and don't need to carry a mini-computer in my pocket.  We wanted to upgrade because wanted a reliable new device with a good battery if we were going to get rid of the house phone but not to the tune of hundreds and hundreds of dollars to do it.  We don't need that and weren't willing to spend more than $200 for something new.  No such animal, at least not at Verizon.

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

@SamBrown  It never occurred to me that the lack of a smart phone is a source of pride.  I own a 'dumb' phone because the cost works better within my budget.  After discussing my cellphone usage, my provider suggested that a non-smart phone option would better suit my needs at a more affordable fee.  

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I have an iphone that I use daily.  Not attached to it for life, but needed for so many things these days.  SO is happy with his flip phone, but we could not get a new flip phone from Verizon.  What?  He changed carriers, now his cell plan is under $25.  Then Verizon wants to know why we ditched them.  No you ditched us.

They couldnt be bothered or whatever, we can do business elsewhere. Yes, you would rather wait on the customers spending $800, I get it.   

 

I have to say, I use my iPad more than my phone, but all my family calls on the cell.  I still have a land line, which I would have left, but it's bundled with my cable and internet, and it would raise the bill, if I take the landline portion off.  

 

 

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@Puzzle Piece wrote:

I've seen this already in place.  At the local college, if the students don't cheat - they're lost.  They use AI and leave it to AI to do the work.  

As I live in a state with many immigrants and their offspring, they don't care to learn English and writing.  


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@Nancy Drew wrote:

I can't give up my smart phone. I do all my banking on it, I check into resorts and open the door with it, take all my pictures on it, order Amazon from it, get all my appointment reminders, etc.That ship has sailed that my smart phone is the new normal.


 

@Nancy Drew 

 

That's a lot you do on it!   Just curious ... if it was stolen or fell in the ocean, how long would it take you to replace what's on it?  

 

 

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@willdob3 wrote:

I think it is nice that we have options. What works for some won't work for others. Some would like to remove our options.


@willdob3 

 

This topic is about people who are voluntarily ending the smart phone attachment.  Who is trying to remove your options?