R.I.P. Cat mobile phone. 2013 - 2021

Drago

Flouncing Nobber
Location
Poshshire
My elderly non smart phone switches on, but audio quality is so bad that I sound like im going over Niagara Falls in a biscuit tin full of broken crockery, and it has reached the point where it has become unusable. The dustmen (sorry, enviro--recycling reclamation specialists) take electric gear if bagged up separately, so off it goes to be stripped of its precious plastics to live on as the autopilot on a Tesla.

So unless you count the one built into my car, I no longer have a mobile phone and won't be bothering with another. Yep, I will be one of the few percent with no government mandated tracking device, no glass hypno box to keep me zombie-like (or more zombie like than normal) in the street. My eyesight will return to normal and the arthritis in my thumbs will magically clear up, and the hunch in my posture will quickly improve until I am soon proudly erect.

Anyone else mobile phoneless?
 

Tenkaykev

Veteran
Location
Poole
My elderly non smart phone switches on, but audio quality is so bad that I sound like im going over Niagara Falls in a biscuit tin full of broken crockery, and it has reached the point where it has become unusable. The dustmen (sorry, enviro--recycling reclamation specialists) take electric gear if bagged up separately, so off it goes to be stripped of its precious plastics to live on as the autopilot on a Tesla.

So unless you count the one built into my car, I no longer have a mobile phone and won't be bothering with another. Yep, I will be one of the few percent with no government mandated tracking device, no glass hypno box to keep me zombie-like (or more zombie like than normal) in the street. My eyesight will return to normal and the arthritis in my thumbs will magically clear up, and the hunch in my posture will quickly improve until I am soon proudly erect.

Anyone else mobile phoneless?
I hadn’t realised that ditching my phone would make me “ proudly erect “ ! I’ve just chucked it in the bin and Mrs Tenkaykev is on standby…
 

Bollo

Failed Tech Bro
Location
Winch
My elderly non smart phone switches on, but audio quality is so bad that I sound like im going over Niagara Falls in a biscuit tin full of broken crockery, and it has reached the point where it has become unusable. The dustmen (sorry, enviro--recycling reclamation specialists) take electric gear if bagged up separately, so off it goes to be stripped of its precious plastics to live on as the autopilot on a Tesla.

So unless you count the one built into my car, I no longer have a mobile phone and won't be bothering with another. Yep, I will be one of the few percent with no government mandated tracking device, no glass hypno box to keep me zombie-like (or more zombie like than normal) in the street. My eyesight will return to normal and the arthritis in my thumbs will magically clear up, and the hunch in my posture will quickly improve until I am soon proudly erect.

Anyone else mobile phoneless?
Not phoneless, but I did spend two years using only a dumb phone as something of a social experiment, although there was also an element cussedness. Given that I’m a tech bro (failed) my generally much younger colleagues regarded it as another age-related eccentricity and I was on the receiving end of brutal p1ss taking gentle ribbing. In the office it was known as Bollo’s Amish phone.

My main serious observation was how easily people reach for their phones whenever there‘s a break in social discourse. Also people’s inability to navigate using their wits.

I’ve had to replace it recently with a small iPhone due to work requirements (two factor auth on a dumb phone is soul destroying) and for parental support reasons. I kinda miss the Amish phone, but also don’t.
 
Morning,

As I don't have a landline I have a compromise solution, an iPhone 5s.

It is slowly becoming incompatible with most apps as they stopped iOS updates for it a short while ago but it is still a decent enough camera for my needs and the GPS based mapping still works.

I had seriously considered getting a new dumb phone, but the maps and decent camera meant keeping the iPhone is a better option.

Given the low cost of a basic dumb phone, under £20 and a basic pay as you go package I would not go mobile-less as it seems to me like riding a 1x5 because it was good enough for me when I was a teenager. :smile: This is less than the cost of one lunchtime trip to the pub, nowadays and Argos are offering a 2G!!! phone for a fiver.

Bye

Ian
 

fossyant

Ride It Like You Stole It!
Location
South Manchester
I'm surprised some of you lot can use t'internet ! :whistle:
 

Cycleops

Legendary Member
Location
Accra, Ghana
Down here a ‘ dumb’ phone is called a ‘yam’ phone, as it doesn’t do much but pretty much everyone has one. Every phone company here operates Mobile Money or MoMo, it’s created a revolution in banking as you don’t need a bank account to keep your money, you can also pay bills and send money to others.
To get the best from it you need a smart phone, prices are around the same as UK and sometimes cheaper.
 

oldwheels

Legendary Member
I need a reasonable phone and have just got an iPhone 8R as my 7Plus was getting battery problems.
I get routine ferry information by text and making bookings and payment for them is much easier with a phone if the local office is shut.
My cameras get little use now as most of my photos are on the phone.
My extended family also keep in touch with a family wa----p thing which I don't quite understand and since my son spends a lot of time overseas just now that seems a cheap way of keeping in touch.
I am not bothered if anyone is tracking me as I doubt they will get anything useful.:tongue:
 
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