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Old 09-24-2015, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by LeeR
I have convinced my wife to actually be willing to give up our land line.

It took me a lot of convincing. I moved my internet from DSL to cable not too many years ago. The only people that have called us on the land line in the last 7 or 8 years have been my parents, her parents, and every single telemarketer on the planet because a "no call list" means nothing to them. Was a no-brainer for me, but not for her.
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Old 09-24-2015, 08:30 PM
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That sounds like our call history! A few years ago, when our youngest daughter was living in our town (lives in Denver now, about an hour away) she burst into the house sobbing. It was her birthday, TMobile network was down completely, and she could not reach friends by voice or text. She had dashed to our house to use the landline.

I was close to convincing my wife to yank the landline, but that TMobile shutdown pushed back ANY chance of ditching the land line for quite awhile.

The only reason I'll miss the landline is to find my cell phone in the house when I misplace it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by LeeR
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say you probably don't have teenagers.

Lemme saw that limb off for you. I have a 16 year old daughter, and she does text me sometimes. If the answer is "yes" or "no" or "ask your mother" I will reply with a text, slowly, but otherwise I just call her back.

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The single greatest app my wife and I use is Google Maps. We travel a lot and having your phone tell you how to get somewhere is an absolute must once you use it. Especially when you're in a unfamiliar downtown setting and trying to figure out the best way to get to your destination.

I have a Tom Tom which works pretty well, though it's a bit bitchy sounding. I also have a Samsung tablet (wifi only) and yeah, I've used Google Maps on it. I'm fairly experienced at dead-reckoning navigation, so it's not something I find a lot of use for; in fact, I've been known to have spirited arguments with the Tom Tom.

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By the way, no slam intended. I often wonder what it would be like to give up on all of life's modern electronic conveniences. When I look at our monthly outlay for broadband internet, satellite TV, streaming services like Netflix, and two smartphones, it is pretty staggering.

"Modern electronic conveniences."

I sell and service computers for a living, and am accounted a competent programmer by those who pay me to do programming for them (including five county collectors, three county assessors, three county recorders of deeds, and one commercial customer).

What I'm not is a gadget freak. To me, a smartphone is a money sink I don't need. My daughter has finally decided she wants one, but it took her a while... she hates touchscreen keyboards, and presently uses a phone with a slide-out keyboard. My wife has the same model phone, and she too has decided she wants a smartphone; in her case, the resistance comes from the added costs for the data plan. I am even cheaper, and I do not see enough advantages in a smartphone to counterbalance the added cost.

In other words, I may not have a smartphone, but Amish I ain't.

Originally Posted by LeeR
I have convinced my wife to actually be willing to give up our land line.

Heh. My wife first brought up the subject, and the decision was mutual.
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