Why We Don't Have a Cell Phone

This is my Top 10 list of reasons we do not own a cell phone. There are probably a hundred reasons, but I am going to try to stick with just the top 10.

  1. Some times I just don't want to be that accessible I know, I don't have to answer the phone, but then why would I carry it around, if I wasn't going to answer it?

  2. I'm not a very good Mommy while I am on the phone I have a hard enough time trying to pay attention to what my kids are doing while I am on the phone at home, I cannot imagine trying to do that IN PUBLIC!

  3. I tend to like having my time planned better than that People with cell phones tend to do last minute things. They allow themselves to forget stuff, because they can ALWAYS call someone to get what they need. Really, that drives me crazy. I would hate to turn into that.

  4. Cell phones aren't safe This has nothing to do with cancer, or whatever. But you can't rely on your cellphone to be your safety net. What if your battery dies, what if you are out of range, or you don't know where you are. If you have not made a plan, or told someone where you are, because you had a cell phone, you can be putting yourself at risk. (despite the obvious safety benefits of having a cell phone.)

  5. I can't believe how expensive they are. I also can't believe that I didn't mention this until #5. It is amazing how each little gadget adds so much every month. And people still pay it!

  6. They aren't as comfortable to talk on. I would miss being able to cradle the phone under my chin while I did other things.

  7. Cell phone culture is not really something I want to be a part of. You know what I am talking about. You're in the middle of a conversation with someone and they stop talking, check their phone, and then leave. What? Wait a minute? Weren't we just talking? Or worse, they stand there and have their conversation, leaving you completely hijacked.

  8. Or what about cell phones in the car? Just because you may have hands free, does not mean your mind is on your driving. And what about the other people in the car? When there is somebody, anybody, on the phone the radio has to go down, and nobody can talk, because you are always on the verge of losing connection.

  9. I don't like how addictive they are There are always people to call, people calling, new phones to get, new gadgets to have. I am afraid that it won't ever stop, and that good enough will never be good enough.

  10. I worry about what it teaches my kids about money Am I teaching my kids the right priorities about spending time, and spending money. How much emphasis are we putting on convenience?

I write this because our long distance rates went up. Again. So hubby is doing some cost comparisons to see if maybe a cell phone could be cheaper.

I am interested if any of you have cell phones, and if you have tips for how I can fight all of my negative feelings about them. Or if you don't have one, what made you decide against.

This post is linked up to Tune Up Tuesday at Beautiful Calling


  1. Wow. Number two hits home for me in regards to our home phone. I am not a good mommy when I am on the phone and I have to be careful of that!!

    DH has a paid for by work phone. I have his old one which is $10/month. I have it in the van and very rarely carry it anywhere else. DH is in the process of switching my phone to his "family plan" which is paid for by work. DH likes me to have on in the van since I drive 1/2 hour to church a couple time a week. I only use it for an emergency (a handful of times in the past couple years!)

  2. Hey, with regards to your home phone - do you have a Voice Over IP type thing in your area? We have Vonage and it means that we pay about $40 a month but that includes all our long distance, voicemail, caller ID etc. I know it sounds like a lot but it is actually about the same as a basic phone service here...

  3. I have a prepaid which I use for emergencies only and my HS-aged daughter has a prepaid mostly for my own peace of mind (school shootings and all, you know). That's it. We will not do the expensive Blackberry plans or whatever they're called---just the basics for emergencies only. I actually did have to use it once---van got a flat tire ( a VERY flat tire) and had to call for a tow.

  4. p.s. I will say that husband has a post-paid cell phone (req'd through his work) which runs about $45/month but he can call long-distance anywhere in the US on it for no extra charge. You might look into such a plan.

  5. It would actually be nice to just cancel our land lines totally, except for the internet. We get ours through At&t. The only other option around here ( I think ) is cable, and that is just a whole different set of problems.