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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    If you don’t want to have the smartphone, at least get a prepaid cell phone for when you’re driving. It’s actually foolish not to have one for emergencies.
    Meh. I went five year without a cell phone and I was fine. Part of this is being clever, thinking ahead, and keeping a cool head.

    Another part is herd immunity, as 99.08% of the population has one.

    Back in 2014, shortly after I got rid of my smart phone I was walking through the grocery. A dude collapsed with a heart attack. Within 30 seconds I found an RN to attend to him and another person with a smart phone to call 911.

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    I use my iPhone 8 Plus to listen to radio over the internet constantly. Most often it's at work where we can't stream audio on our computers and regular radios don't work due to electrical interference from the computers. I listen to either a local station or BBC Radio online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Meh. I went five year without a cell phone and I was fine. Part of this is being clever, thinking ahead, and keeping a cool head.

    Another part is herd immunity, as 99.08% of the population has one.

    Back in 2014, shortly after I got rid of my smart phone I was walking through the grocery. A dude collapsed with a heart attack. Within 30 seconds I found an RN to attend to him and another person with a smart phone to call 911.
    Go driving through some really rural area, have a breakdown, and you'll wish you had one.

    And really, relying on someone else to have a phone when you can't be bothered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    Meh. I went five year without a cell phone and I was fine. Part of this is being clever, thinking ahead, and keeping a cool head.
    I successfully went about 45 years without a cell phone, which included multiple coast to coast road trips and several years hanging out in Alaska. It never occurred to me that doing without personal instant communication devices required being clever, thinking ahead or keeping a cool head, although I do recall lusting after Dick Tracy's cool two way wrist radio. Now that I have a smartphone I think Mr Tracy could only dream about something this cool.
    "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
    Go driving through some really rural area, have a breakdown, and you'll wish you had one.

    And really, relying on someone else to have a phone when you can't be bothered?

    Incorrect comment based on my experiences. Do you only travel based on your coverage map? Is the map accurate? Are they changing the system? (2g, to 3g, to 4g, etc)
    Out in the country where my relative lives, my phone becomes a brick, even though the map says there is coverage.
    Really rural areas, are not likely to have good phone service, at all. Boss, lives in another area, and home phone was so unreliable he got a cell, and that only is partially better. (have to drive away from the house)

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    We are in the country. Depending on I'm not sure what, sometimes we have a signal, sometimes not.

    That said, as a woman who is frequently traveling alone on country roads, i would not give up my phone. My smart phone? Maybe. But I would NOT give up my phone. I got stranded the first year we were here. A lady state cop stayed with me and said, "Don't worry, we won't leave you." It was the first time it occurred to me that I could FREEZE to death waiting for a tow truck. My car had died on a noncommercial roadway. Someone from a nearby house nicely let me use their phone. Without it I would have gotten real cold. My car just quit and wouldn't start again. There were no businesses nearby or civic buildings. There was a small side road with some homes on it.

    Also, I'd like to add something which may not have occurred to folks. I traveled to L.A. to go to a funeral. I woman who'd been a friend of ours in high school got mad at me (hasn't talked to me since mad) because I hadn't responded to her message. She lives in L.A. I didn't get the message until I was 1/2 way home, 3 days later. If you live in the city/suburbia and are used to a certain level of services, they may not be the same if someone visits you from elsewhere. Or, if someone lives elsewhere, their services may not be as fancy or quick!

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