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PLUGINALONG SparkPoints: (30,258)
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7/15/13 10:25 A


KPA1B2 Posts: 785
7/15/13 10:07 A

Since you have a land line you shouldn't need a cell phone, especially if you have an answering machine. Cell phones are nice to have, especially if you are job searching and are out & about a lot. I've never bought a cell phone, I always get the free phone that comes with the contract.

BABYSOX Posts: 3,063
7/15/13 10:00 A

I gave up my cell phone, actually a blackberry about 3 1/2 yrs ago and I love it. I have found that life is much simpler. It worked for me.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
7/14/13 8:46 P


ANDYGIRL1219 Posts: 242
7/14/13 8:33 P

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CATIEBELLE Posts: 7,842
7/14/13 7:57 P

I no longer have a landline and really use my cellphone more and love that I am always reachable and can reach others in my family.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (0)
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7/14/13 3:53 P

Yes. we are now a land line free household.

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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7/14/13 3:50 P

I have one and I only have one for emergencies reasons only - nothing is that important!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/14/13 3:04 P

I have a 10 year old Samsung Flip Phone that I only take if I am driving somewhere, biking or running case of emergencies. I could still do without it but payphones are harder to find these days.

ZZYYGGY3 Posts: 2,447
7/14/13 11:22 A

it's up to you. If you have a land line with an answering machine that should be enough. I have a track phone for emergencies.

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (553,792)
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7/14/13 9:10 A

This day and age, yes, even if only for emergencies.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,299
7/14/13 9:07 A

I'd have to say, no and yes. You don't really need a cell phone, since you never used one much when you had a company-paid phone. However, assuming you're looking for another job-- I'd say a prepaid phone would come in handy so that prospective employers could get a hold of you wherever you are. You'd be surprized how many employers these days assume everyone has a cell phone. After you were hired someplace you could just tell them you got rid of your phone and they'd need to call you on your landline. Or if they insist you have a cell, they can pay for it. My DH's company pays for his.

I live in the country and even Verizon (can you hear me now) doesn't cover all of this area very well. You can't get cell service where I work, or for most of the drive there either. I have a cell phone but only because my sister (in another state) got tired of never being able to get ahold of me so she bought me a phone and added me to her plan. She pays for it as a Christmas present for me every year. Mostly I text and take pictures. I never ever so much as touch the phone when I'm driving and I don't fiddle with it when we're out to dinner or visiting with friends.

I hate it when people are incessantly yapping about crap, everywhere they go. It's like they're afraid to be alone with their own thoughts and need to be constantly talking to someone else. "Yes I'm in the grocery store..... I'm getting some bread.....and kidney beans....and bananas. And some pasta, it's on sale.... and a watermelon but I don't know if it's really any good" especially if they're in the checkout line while they're talking. For goodness sake, WHO CARES. Used to be, a mom in the grocery store with small children would be talking to her kids. Now she's on the phone and ignoring the kids. I find that very sad.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
7/14/13 8:21 A

i opted out of a landline and the cell is my only phone. I don't receive many calls as most of my correspondence is through email and FB. I can't access my personal email at work for obvious reasons so the cell phone is my only means.
I would be lost without it.
However on the devils advocate side- i can be found just about anywhere. that being said, I won't answer if i choose not to.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
7/14/13 4:34 A

no, you don't really need a cell phone!

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (319,343)
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7/14/13 12:56 A

They are very handy

TRYJESUS2DAY SparkPoints: (12,948)
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7/14/13 12:40 A

Yes, I have children and a grand baby, and I'm often out walking, at doctors office, etc., and I need my spouse, children etc. to be able to reach me where ever I am. Besides, I need to be able to call 911 if I'm out and in an emergency situation. However, I'm in my mid 40's, but I'm truly not a phone person. emoticon

DWROBERGE Posts: 367,319
7/14/13 12:06 A


GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (309,906)
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7/13/13 6:55 A

I have one in the rare case I need to dial 911. My plan costs $25 a year - the phone was free. I can't even have a conversation with friends when they are constantly bent over their phones. In fact I walk away from them now.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/13/13 5:24 A

I think having a cell is important in our culture, if only for emergencies.

ROXYCARIN SparkPoints: (95,965)
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7/13/13 3:58 A

emoticon not if you want to save Money

DWROBERGE Posts: 367,319
7/13/13 3:23 A


ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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7/12/13 11:28 A

I switched from a landline phone to a cell phone back in November 2011. I have a smartphone but I rarely use the data/internet portion of the phone. I don't play games or use social meda (like Facebook or Instagram).

I do like the cell phone because it's portable and is very nice to have if your vehicle breaks down or you need to call someone for some reason. Otherwise, it's just something else that I carry around with me. emoticon

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
7/12/13 11:02 A

You may not need one but I am lost without mine. And no I am not one of those people that is glued to their phone always talking on it. I just like it for emergencies and text messaging.

Maryland had an earthquake two years ago and the only thing that worked was text messaging. Land lines were jammed.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 7/12/2013 (11:03)
RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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7/12/13 10:47 A

You may not need one. I feel safer when I have it with me in the car. I make it a point to have it in the seat next to me and not in the trunk, just in case. I only use my cell for calls and pics. I don't want to be glued to it.

7/12/13 10:25 A

I consciously made a decision not to buy a smartphone to avoid staring or playing at that all the time. I have an emergency prepaid phone. I suppose you can have an inexpensive phone, just to have an option to make a 911.

The pay offs are good. I don't have to have an expensive bill at the end of every month. I am not staring at the phone and I am communicating with real people. I am happy.

DAVEED Posts: 2,956
7/12/13 10:20 A

Yes, it is only only phone I have. Another god question would be can you live without a cedit card. That has become difficult.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
7/12/13 8:15 A

I would say that there aren't many roadside or public phones these days as compared to 10 years ago. I cannot remember the last time I saw a payphone. So, it might be a good idea to have a prepaid one just in case you're out and your car breaks down or something like that as well as to be reachable by potential employers. But, I'd get an inexpensive prepaid one and just let it sit in case a potential employer called or the car broke down or something.

THROOPER62 Posts: 35,713
7/12/13 5:55 A

The only time I used mine was when the landline wasn't working. To call the phone company

TCANNO SparkPoints: (359,596)
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7/12/13 5:49 A

No, and unless you work nobody really does. What did you 10 - 15 years ago. Go and visit friend, use a land line

I have friends who get really upset if they can't play with their phone almost 24/7

KIM22211 SparkPoints: (123,954)
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7/12/13 3:38 A

no but It sure comes in handy!

DWROBERGE Posts: 367,319
7/12/13 3:25 A


CBEVNOW Posts: 6,457
7/12/13 2:50 A

YES, I feel lost with out it.

7/11/13 10:29 P

Definitely not.

CJHISE01 Posts: 24
7/11/13 10:15 P

Ummm yeah....

HAPPYJAY SparkPoints: (17,353)
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7/11/13 10:14 P

not if you are asleep

HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,381)
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7/11/13 10:11 P

Of course

ANGHARAD3 Posts: 966
7/11/13 10:09 P

I don't have to have one but I have kids so I want it for emergencies.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,711
7/11/13 10:08 P

I have one for in case the car breaks down. No sitting in a public bathroom, yapping with friends about my new nail color or something like that, idle chit chat about nothing goes on too much for some people.

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
7/11/13 9:59 P

Mine sits in the kitchen plugged in so that it's completely charged and I have used it maybe three times in the three years I've had it, so I am not a good one to say either way.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
7/11/13 9:43 P

I don't have one. My dh has one but really only uses it when he travels.
I don't think you need one if you have a landline and you have no income.

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 19,403
7/11/13 9:41 P

not really. I use it to say call my wife to meet me at the train stop.

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7/11/13 9:07 P


ANARIE Posts: 13,200
7/11/13 8:59 P

I would say that it depends on whether it's going to help with the job search. Employers do expect applicants to be reachable at all times, and some of them wouldn't call twice if they were offering an interview. If you're actively looking for work and you're out a lot during the day, having a cell phone is awfully helpful.

Some money-saving options if you decide you do need the phone: 1)Think about whether it would be better to get rid of the landline and switch that number to a cell account. 2) Look into the prepaid phones. I had one that cost $20 every 3 months, and that included 3 hours of talk time that could be rolled over without limits. If you don't talk much, it's a really cheap way to have a phone.

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (0)
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7/11/13 8:43 P

Seems that you already answered your question. . . . . YOU don't need a cell. Others may NEED a cell, but you don't.

KKLENNERT809 Posts: 10,742
7/11/13 8:08 P

Yes, when I moved recently, I didn't get a land line.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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7/11/13 7:46 P

Nope you don't. You can live just fine without one. We all did till just recently lol.

THOMAS.H Posts: 17,830
7/11/13 7:14 P


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (587,377)
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7/11/13 7:12 P

I have to have one!!! I guess it depends on your needs.

KURS10B Posts: 5,106
7/11/13 6:20 P

I like having one for emergencies. Great when your car breaks down or you get lost, but not absolutely essential. Got along just fine without it back in the olden days.

KAJERO Posts: 302
7/11/13 6:10 P

I no longer have my company phone which I used for company/personal calls. But I never received many calls for business or personal. Very few texts as well. I have a landline. Do I really need a cell phone. My SO has one so we are not "cell-less"

Oh, I am also unemployed and have no income.

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