Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A life less cellular

At the end of June, my cell phone contract expired, and I decided in the name of simplicity to go cell-less and just have a home phone instead. My decision was based on a few factors:

1. A home phone is cheaper.
2. I was at the point where my mobile phone was used primarily for texting, and since I am paying for internet, texting can easily be swapped for email or Facebook messages. I also discovered that I can kind of text using my email account.
3. I can always get a pay-as-you-go phone if I feel I need one for emergencies, and then I don't have to commit to monthly charges if I need to save money.
4. Without a cell phone, I will never get a ticket or cause an accident because of the phone.
5. I will never ignore the friends I'm with so I can take a call or respond to a text, and my friends will understand that they will not always be able to reach me or hear back from me right away.

Some people have asked me what life is like without a cell phone. Not to be sarcastic, but does anyone remember pre-2002? Life is pretty much like that. The hardest part about it is that everyone expects me to have a cell phone, and they look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I don't.

The second hardest part is the planning. There is no "Just call me when you get there/get off work/are almost here/are on your way." Sorry, we have to make an actual plan.

I would not say that everyone should do what I'm doing. Cell phones are handy, and I do feel a little funny when I think about my car breaking down or some such thing. But, again, we survived without them not long ago, so I'm sure I can manage.

The best part is being able to disconnect. It's easier to deal with things on my own time rather than whenever someone else wants me to. Also, since I only make calls from home, I find that I'm more comfortable talking on the phone and getting things done that way instead of relying on email to avoid having to talk on the phone. When people call me, they know I'm at home and available. Lastly, the extra planning is kind of nice. I feel more dedicated to the people I spend time with.

So, there you have it. It's been 2 months, and I'm still alive.


Bearette said...

wow! you're a pioneer :) i remember my first cell phone, a big clunky model in 1997. i use mine primarily for texting also.

Domestic Kate said...

Hah! It sounds like you were the pioneer--1997?? I didn't get my first cell phone until 2004.

Bearette said...

I was doing a 60-mile round-trip commute at the time in a 10-year-old car and was always afraid it would break down. It did, once, but not on the highway.