No Cell Phone for Me

During my working years, I carried and used a cell phone. That phone was with me everywhere I went. I recall taking a rare day off to visit a nature preserve. Every time that phone rang, I answered it.

When I retired, I kept using my cell phone. Soon, however, I realized that phone use using me. When it rang, I jumped. Many of those calls reminded me that my auto warranty coverage was about to expire. (It wasn’t.)

Service cost me $60/month. By placing about two calls a month, my cost per call was $30.

I watched people around me to see whether their phones brought them joy. I observed  families in restaurants. All of them would be on their phones. No smiles, no conversation, and no enjoyment of each other or the meal. No Joy!

My landline, with five phones around our home, gives me a clear signal with none of the drops, gaps and overlaps that occur as a cell phone signal bounces around seeking a tower. I never have to remember where I put my phone. It doesn’t need recharged. Finally, it doesn’t cost me over a thousand dollars to have an iPhone 13-Pro.

Clearly there are those people who really do need cell phones. In retirement, I just don’t happen to be one of those people.

My next blog? Why I quit using social media. Until then, please call me on my landline.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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3 Responses to No Cell Phone for Me

  1. j4fusenet says:

    Cell phones have made it very difficult to talk over the phone–the voice clarity is terrible, not even close to what a landline gives. So even when I use my landline, the person on the other end using a cell phone makes for a very difficult conversation of trying to figure out what they are saying, plus the gaps and overlaps you pointed out. And the drops! On a landline I hear every word crystal clear. And no drops…unless the person on the other end is using a cell. Kudos to getting rid of your cell, and I look forward to speaking with you on a nice clear landline sometime soon!


  2. I use my cell phone for so many things other than making phone calls that I would be hard-pressed to be without it. Basically it’s my portable computer… which is exactly what it is! However, I can certainly understand how it can become obtrusive, and I understand how you feel. Oops, here comes another political fund-raising text. I better hurry and block the number…lol.


    • Portability is why I avoid having a “cell” phone. I see how people jump wherever they are when it rings. Also, by sicking with my desk top computer, I am acutely aware of just how much time I am spending on line. Even with that, I spend too much time away from other things that I enjoy much more. We should all do what works for us.


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