No Cellphone? Yeah, what of it?

I do not own a cellphone.

There, I said it.

I realize that puts me in the overwhelming minority of Americans, but I’m really okay with that. I can’t tell you, though, the number of shocked and surprised looks I get when this information comes forward. Many react like I’ve told them I don’t own shoes and they simply can’t comprehend what I’ve just said. Of course, it isn’t unusual that folks can’t comprehend what I say. “I” sometimes can’t comprehend what I say.

It’s not that I’ve never had one, I have. Twice.

The first time I owned a cellphone I enjoyed it. It was during those brief months when I worked selling academic furniture (yeah, I know—long story THERE, too!) and traveled the states of Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. I wasn’t usually gone for more than a couple of days, but I spend considerable time on the road and it was good to have to speak with university representatives, my bosses, and—of course—my family.

This was in the days before the smartphones (that’s one word, right?) and so my biggest concern was actually getting a signal. The “can you hear me now” commercial often applied to my experience. This would have been 2005, nearly ten years ago now.

After that job disappeared, the phone went with it. No, “I” paid for it—but I didn’t see a need for it once I stopped traveling.

Fast forward to 2011 when I took a job in Orlando, Fl., but still owned a home (and a family!) in Oxford, Ms. So, I got another one so that I could keep my family posted during my drive/commute and while I was away. The first year of my employment saw me a week here, week there, etc., so there was a lot of driving. On top of that, eldest child reaches the age where “everybody else has a cellphone, I should too,” wah wah wah. And when she started driving, the idea sounded a lot better.

Fast forward once again just slightly to 2012 when the entire family decides to get on “a plan.” Yep, they sold it to us that way. So, we all got smartphones except for the youngest. Except, this time, I didn’t really see a need for it. We kept them for several months until the entire family finally joined me in Orlando and the provider we had did not(and still does not, I think) service the area. So we got out. But the family wanted a new “plan” in Orlando.

Except I opted out.

Yep. S’true. While I found the smartphone a fun gadget, I didn’t really “need” it (what I needed was to sell my house in Oxford—but that’s another story!) and so I was having a real hard time justifying the expense.

The only time I really regret the decision is when wifey sends me to the grocery store and I find myself staring at product labels. Only then would I really like to have a phone.

Maybe I should try to get one of those Obama phone?



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11 responses to “No Cellphone? Yeah, what of it?

  1. Wow! I didn’t know you were phone-less. LOL. But hey, to each his own, right? I just got my first smart phone last year. I put it off for forever, but it got to the point that the flip phones that I wanted were more rare and more expensive than the iphones, so I made the switch. I like it, but at times, it is so addicting that I wish I didn’t have one.

  2. And that’s ONE of the reasons I don’t want one: I don’t need something ELSE to get addicted to! 🙂

  3. fearondemand

    I’d like to call you on a couple of points here. But I can’t. Badum tish! (That’s a drum roll and rim shot SFX)

  4. Keith Jones

    Now I understand why you never return my calls.

  5. My mom has an Obama phone and she says it’s perfect!

  6. Great write up. I rebelled against a cell plan for a while, but kept my phone as Wi-Fi is prevalent and there are plenty of uses other than talking. Now I pretty much have the most affordable plan possible ($30 on T-Mobile). I can’t see how people foot a hundred dollar bill for it every month. Kudos for not having the need or desire man.

    • Yeah, I thought about going that route…but it’s not even worth the $30 to me JUST for the convenience…y’know? I’d rather go see two movies at the theater. 🙂

  7. I’m trying to remember what my life was like without my iPhone! lol It probably was less stressful. I’m beginning to hate texting beyond the second text. Anything more than that needs a direct connection!

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