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Reasons to Have a Cell Phone

January 8th, 2011 at 05:06 pm

I just read Jeffrey's article http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2011/01/07/106869_reaso... about his Reasons Not to have a Cell Phone and I thought I would put my reasons to have one. Everyone has different needs and live in situations and areas where they may or may not need a cell phone. I have a Tracfone and I buy minutes every 90-days. I do not talk on my cell phone while I am driving nor do I send text messages while driving. If my phone rings while I am driving I pull over to the side of the road and talk. Here are the reasons I have a cell phone:

1. A cell phone saves me time and money. When I am out shopping and I see something that my family may want I can call them and see if they want it and pick it up for them instead of coming home and going back out shopping again.
2. For emergencies. I drive in rural areas and if I have car trouble or if I see someone who needs help I can call someone. Also, DH has health problems and if we are traveling and he needs EMS I can call from the road side for help.
3. For convenience. When my car is in the shop all day my DH or DS will pick me up and we will do some shopping. The repair shop can call me on my cell phone when my car is ready.
4. For long distance calls to family.
5. For job hunting. I put my cell phone number on my resumes so employers can contact me anywhere I am and we can set up a time for a interview.

I also have a landline at home for general chatting with friends. My landline does not have long distance calling on it.

6 Responses to “Reasons to Have a Cell Phone”

  1. Miz Pat Says:

    Sounds like you have it all thought out carefully with no extra spending. I have a landline with unlimited long distance at home but i also have a work provided blackberry. If I didn't have the blackberry I would probably do something similar to what you are doing.

  2. terri77 Says:

    I have an iPhone 4 and I freely admit to being addicted to it. I rarely use my minutes though. I like it for all the other features.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    I could not imagine not having my cell phone. I primarily use it for emergency. (Secondarily, long distance calls, keep in touch with my spouse, allows us to separate and find each other again when out and about). I don't really give anyone outside family my cell #.

    Having kids has put a whole new level of "I need a cell phone" in my life. Being reachable in an emergency, anywhere, any time, is priceless.

    I don't agree when cell phones are often lumped with cable as "luxury." TO use a cell phone for emergency only does not cost much - certainly not much of anything for the peace of mind.

    I also think it is more necessary in our cell phone society. I have been lucky to never been stranded late at night before, but I blew a tire at night on the freeway a couple of years back. While I sat and waited one whole hour for AAA, not one car stopped to ask if I needed assistance. Everyone assumes you have a cell phone. I don't think not having a cell phone today means the same as it did a decade ago. When younger and pre-cell phone days, people would stop to help if I had car troubles. There were more pay phones available, etc. I remember 2 instances in pre-cell days where I was stranded in a bad area late at night (with friends) and we pulled over a passing cop car - both times the cops took us to a safe place to call for help. That was luck. A cell phone would have been handy.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. When my wife was pregnant it was an absolute necessity for each of us to have a mobile phone, and I view it as a must now simply for safety reasons. However, we are very judicious with our minutes and don't jabber on for the sake of talking - we use it as insurance for staying safe and in contact. It also leads us to save time and money, because we are living overseas without a car, and consolidating travel time is a must.
    Jerry

  5. jeffrey Says:

    Perfect example of thinking through to pros and cons for your particular situation to make the financial decision - exactly what you everyone should do.

  6. Homebody Says:

    DH's work pays for his phone, but added me. We pay $30.00 a month for shared minutes. We rarely ever use that many unless we are out of town, like at Christmas, then it is awful. We should add unlimited texts since everyone texts but us textes...what is the correct term??

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