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post #31 of 33
Originally Posted by RISkier
Personally, I don't like cell phones much, but they can serve a useful purpose. We didn't realize the initial post would be quite so controversial. Unfortunately, it seems that almost anything posted on this forum now deteriorates into a flame war.
I consider myself to be a flame free poster so if you feel any heat from my direction it certainly wasn't intentional.

Originally Posted by RISkier
Good info you guys. I should have said that most phones offerred with Verizon plans won't work over there -- they only actually have two in their entire line right now that can be used in Europe. The International Cellular deal is actually more expensive than Roberts when you factor in shipping -- the $40 from Roberts included Fed Ex each way, International charges $25 plus $15 each way shipping.
Didn't know how many calls you were expecting, and the minutes can really add up on one of those weekly plans, especially from the US.

Originally Posted by RISkier
We wanted to have a cell phone available because of an elderly family member with health concerns. We simply wanted to be quickly reachable in case of a health emergency. I think we made a total of 1 call to check in with family, and that was from our hotel room. Having the cell phone didn't really limit our skiing and I don't think it ruined anyone's vacation.
I actually thought this was a great post. I have struggled with the same issues both professionally and personally. At my work we discovered that switching the US service to international was costing us too much. We eventually decided to get a couple of loaner phones that were available through our UK susidiary. Unfortunately the cellular carrier (Orange Answer Phone) worked great in the UK and Spain, but was kind of lousy every where else. Plus my wife's family is from Sweden and I have a lot of German relatives, so I am also over at least once a year for personal reasons and sometimes need to stay in contact with work. So this is where the experience with international loaner phones got started.

Thanks RISkier for an interesting and valuable information share here.
post #32 of 33
Originally Posted by uncle crud
now folks, I notice that none of you who cited reasons for using a cell phone were able to show how you got more business done by having a cell phone with you at a ski hill.

and Maddog, do you know the joke that is reminiscent of Donald Barthelme's "The Glass Mountain," in which there is a menacing Foo Bird added to the climber's dangers? the punchline is worth at least 2 or 3 custom ring tones!

whoever read me as a cell phone "hater" might wonder what I consider one of the most valuable road trip tools for this part of the North American continent... and what I use for a telephone since I have no Qwest land line.:
No work-eee on de cell phone-eee while on vacation for me-eee.

Don't know the joke, or Barthelme, or Glass Mountain, or the foo bird, and what the hell is a "custom ring tone"? So, you going to tell the joke or . . . I dropped landline telephone service long ago once VOIP became reliable. Now I pine for the high cost and low service of Qwest, my former provider. Or maybe not. I would not own a cell phone with a service contract except that the wife requires I carry one and she uses so many minutes they give me a phone for free. Like it's "free".

I never thought you were a closet cell phone hater, I was surprised you agreed with techno troglodyte vlad about "technology-as-salve, whatever that means (dude, you gotta lay off the BS Generator program).

post #33 of 33
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[quote=viking kaj]I consider myself to be a flame free poster so if you feel any heat from my direction it certainly wasn't intentional.

Nope, I definitely wasn't talking about you!
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