What Would Life be Like Without a Cell Phone?

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Can you imagine life without a cell phone?

Do I need just one cell phone or more than one?

  • For some, this might be your worst nightmare. Your personal hell. 


  • For others, life without a cell phone would be paradise. 

I had another one of many conversations with an out of state client whose REO purchase closes in a couple of days. She does not have a cell phone, and after our talk I found myself pondering... 

So what WOULD life look like without a cell phone??

No entertaining, and not so entertaining, ring tones to listen to

No text messages

No telemarketing calls (well at least not to your hip or purse)

No surfing the 'Net wherever you are (OK, most places)

No bothersome emails unless you sit down at your computer

No vibrating

No reminders in every meeting, in restaurants, and in church to turn off your phones

No frantic stepping out of a meeting room and running outside to get cell service

No dropping calls

No sprained thumbs

Bars would take on a whole new meaning. Or an old meaning

No bumping into trees, lamp posts, people or falling off the curb while texting and emailing (Seriously, injuries are increasing)

Social gatherings would all be live, and folks would look you in the eye when you are talking

No one talking at the top of their lungs walking down the street (alright, there may still be some of that)

Less pressure to respond instantly, no matter what you are doing (come one, admit you take calls and text in the bathroom)

Folks would drive their cars with both hands on the wheel.

People would dine out without chatting on their cells, or annoying others

No beaming or bumping 

I could go on, but you get the picture. 

There ARE folks who manage to get through life without cell phones. We ALL did for years. But I don't know that I could now. 

The thought of putting it away for a while or not taking it everywhere I go has some appeal. Until I really think about it and panic. I AM hooked. I admit it. You?



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Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Do you seriously think there could be life without cell phones? Was there ever life without cell phones?

Feb 02, 2010 11:03 PM #5
The Eastside Real Estate Team 425-200-4093
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

I would be very lost.  How would my wife get a hold of me to pick up something on the way home...

Feb 02, 2010 11:04 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County

JEFF...That is a good question.. When I was in New York at the Inman Conference ..people did not look at you..there was not any eye contact ..everyone was on their phones texting or talking..No one looked up..I guess you are right when I realize i left my house without my phone I am panic-ed ..i have to go home and get it,,HOOKED TOO!


Feb 02, 2010 11:06 PM #7
Lori Mode
Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale - Elk Grove, CA
Mode and Durham, Your Elk Grove Real Estate team

Jeff - my 19 year old daughter just found out what it would be like not to have a cell phone for about 48 hours...she is a student and is studying abroad in Florence, Italy for 3 months.  When she first got to Florence (3 days ago now) she had no cell service...until she purchased an Italian sim card for her BB.  Well...for a 19 year old...with no phone, no texting and no internet...I can only imagine.   She's fine now though as she now has her cell phone again, but in the meantime, she has found out that there is a different type of life and a lot of Italians enjoy it!

Feb 02, 2010 11:07 PM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Jeff, a friend of mine carries 3 in her purse and sometimes won't answer any of them. Go figure!  They could literally save your life so I don't go too many places without one.

Feb 02, 2010 11:09 PM #9
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

And, for me, removing the biggest and most annoying intrusion of cell phone use, sitting in a dark movie theater with cell phones lighting up all over the place, because heaven forbid we don't take care of the need for instant gratification. 

Feb 02, 2010 11:38 PM #10
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Jeff, Well we in real estate have always had them and for as far back as I can remember, cell phones have been important in our business. For the rest of the world, them getting them at the age of 5 ( it seems that way) has become one of the biggest annoyances. The more professional real estate professionals have been careful while driving, especially with clients in the car, the public are simply oblivious to the world around them and have these things growing out of their ears.  Somehow as expensive as the service is , too many people have them. The site of the world lost in their cell phones is gross and annoying. Ok, I vented, LMAO. A wonderful and perceptive post though.

Feb 02, 2010 11:43 PM #11
Connie Hall
All Brokers Real Estate - Portland, OR

I think for me the thought of a life without a cell phone would be. ... AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Feb 02, 2010 11:46 PM #12
Bob Dunn
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Abbotsford, BC

Jeff this post is making me feel old. I remember running a business without, computers, pagers, fax machines, photo copies, etc. The most modern equipment we had was an eclectic type writer.

Feb 03, 2010 12:31 AM #13
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

If I put my cell phone down somewhere and can't find it I feel lost!

Feb 03, 2010 06:32 AM #14
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

I forgot my cell phone one day, and couldn't retrieve it for a few hours...It wasn't pretty!

Recently, when I was dropping my 4 year old off at pre-school, he asked if I would pick him up early.  When I told him I would try, He informed me that he needed his own cell phone so I could call and let him know...LOL!   I guess every 4 year old needs a cell phone nowadays (I think I will wait until he can read text messages first).

Feb 03, 2010 06:49 AM #15
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Jeff, we could unplug our computers, the microwave, the tv, the electric pencil sharpener, BUT WHY WOULD WE?!?!? LOL - seriously I am so loving living in the century we're in...  I envoy the young ones who will see soooooo many more new things coming into this world!

Feb 03, 2010 07:31 AM #16
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

I heard that in London they padded the light poles so people that text and walk wouldn't be hurt when they run into them.

Feb 03, 2010 08:49 AM #17
Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hey Jeff!  LMAO at Terry's comment!  What has this world come to?!  The biggest scare of all is those who use them while driving--that should scare the hell out of every driver but, yet, they continue to do it.  I don't know what I would do without mine--I always feel like I HAVE to have that connection with my boys in college but, when it rings non-stop, I often wish I could get away from it for a few hours to regain my sanity! LOL

Feb 03, 2010 11:07 AM #18
Holly Weatherwax
Associate Broker, Real Living --Reserve, REALTORS® - Fairfax, VA
A Great Real Estate Experience

I could easily give up my landline, but my cell phone? Not a chance. Not only is it my business line, but it is my safety net, my link to my children (talk when they can text?) and I can even amuse myself on line if I forget to bring a book with me at the Doctors office. Although my parents still see it as a last resort, most people know that is the way to reach me.

In 1992, I remember getting my first 'portable' bag phone for the car. It was nifty because I could travel for work and still use it in my rental car...

Feb 03, 2010 12:58 PM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, I remember all to well what life was like without cell phones.  I still remember pulling into commuter parking lots or gasoline stations to make phone calls and retrieve my messages.  And I will never forget having to do that in the poring rain, and the blistering cold wind of Winter.

I will gladly put up with the drooped calls, no bars, and annoying messages.  When it comes to phone calls, the good old days were not so good ........ LOL

Feb 03, 2010 01:58 PM #20
Jeanean Gendron
The Address Realty - Redding, CA
Specializing in Selling Unique Properties

Jeff, I have clients that don't have cell phones or email. Doing real estate and helping them is VERY much impeded. I can only print out lists for them to drive by and then call me to see. I'm so busy that I can no longer show them all listings. It still works, however. They do drive by and call to show.

I have clients that research everything on the web and want to see everything on the web. We work with that!

I also have clients with big mega computers that want to drive by and call to view. Go figure! We are and remain a diverse group of humans. Our job....to service. I work with both....technology advantaged and those that don't do technology at all. I have to say....that while I love what technology does for me personally....I would not mind being NOT connected! Great post!

Feb 03, 2010 10:49 PM #21
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

It's funny when you think about it. No I can't imagine it either. But, gosh it was only a few years ago we didn't have one. I got rid of one of my landline phone numbers. The second one is dying a slow death...no one ever calls on it. My kids never use it.


Feb 04, 2010 07:15 AM #22
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

No way to reach my husband when I have car trouble (or lock my keys in the car)- at least not w/o hiking to a pay phone and finding change (dp they eve HAVE pay phones anymore?).

I love my cell phone- it is a lot more than just a phone. If I don't want to be bothered with calls I simply silence it and let it go to message.

Feb 04, 2010 11:35 AM #23
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ I think it would be wonderful.  It's just like any other bad habit - you can give it up.  I think Hannah's observation (#9) is one of my least favorite things about cell phones - particularly in groups that think of themselves as tech savvy.

I heard a teaser on TV that Massachusetts is close to banning them while driving. It will be difficult to make the change but overalll a good idea. I just think that there should be some kind of zapper that makes them not work in cars - instead of pressure to make even tunnels cell phone-friendly. Crazy world.


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