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Old 04-17-2014, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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My husband and I will be moving soon to a location that I just found out does not have reliable cell phone coverage. We will only be a few miles outside a reliable coverage area, and it's an easy drive into town, but I have had a cell phone since they first became generally available, so I am freaking out!

Can anyone who lives without a cell phone on a daily basis talk me down? There are so many pluses to where we will be, and I know it's not the end of the world, but I am going from being connected 24/7 to an unfamiliar scenario and I do not need this extra worry right now!

Are any of you currently living without a cell phone 24/7 and surviving just fine without it?
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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Why do you not get a land line and dsl for starters?
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Give it a few weeks. You'll probably adjust just fine. Too many people blab about nothing all day. You'll likely find that you're 10x more productive without one disrupting you.

I use mostly email for communication, which I check about 3x per day when not at work. I have a land line with voice mail. I've gone from about 2 hours on the phone daily to about one hour (or less a week). It's freeing.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:07 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Some things you might look into:

1. There is a C-D forum for cell phone issues at:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/cell-phones-smartphones/

2. Is there any signal available at all ?? If so, consider installing a "signal booster" at the house:

How to Permanently Solve Bad Reception with a Cell Phone Signal Booster

Cell Phone Signal Boosters, Repeaters and Amplifiers - UberSignal

3. Have you been able to talk with neighbors re what their experience is with reception ??

Good Luck...
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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What Three said. I have a landline and prefer it. A cell is hit and miss where I live, but I hate them anyway. I use mine only while out and if I need help or to tell someone I'm on my way.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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My husband and I will be moving soon to a location that I just found out does not have reliable cell phone coverage. We will only be a few miles outside a reliable coverage area, and it's an easy drive into town, but I have had a cell phone since they first became generally available, so I am freaking out!

Can anyone who lives without a cell phone on a daily basis talk me down? There are so many pluses to where we will be, and I know it's not the end of the world, but I am going from being connected 24/7 to an unfamiliar scenario and I do not need this extra worry right now!

Are any of you currently living without a cell phone 24/7 and surviving just fine without it?

Did you survive before the general availability of internet and cell phones? I would guess you did since you are posting here. Anyway, depending on your age I would think you would remember those days and you will survive now like you did then without it.

Worrying with something so trivial is a waste of time and energy.
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Old 04-17-2014, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Thank you all so much for the reassurance and the helpful information! I think we will be just fine, I was just as I said freaking out for a minute!

CSD610, I wish I could control what I worry about, but I haven't developed that skill yet, especially in the wee hours of the morning. If you can do that, my hat is off to you!
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:52 PM
 
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I don't talk on the phone much. I have a 82 yr old mother who I want to be able to contact me whenever she needs to. If you don't want to miss a call get a landline and forward your calls to your cell when your gone.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: West Madison^WMHT
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When I had a landline, I had the phone company set up forwarding on ring no answer, so if I didn't answer the landline, it rang my cell phone. But then I got a femtocell and cablemodem and dropped POTS.

Even if there is zero signal, several carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T)offer Internet femtocells, aka "Extender", using your Internet to provide local cellular coverage inside and around your home (up to a 5,000 square foot area). Sometimes if you complain about lack of signal and ask about canceling, they will provide a femtocell for free or cheap.

Even if you end up paying a one-time cost for the hardware, it will be less than a year of paying for a landline phone.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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When I had a landline, I had the phone company set up forwarding on ring no answer, so if I didn't answer the landline, it rang my cell phone. But then I got a femtocell and cablemodem and dropped POTS.

Even if there is zero signal, several carriers (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T)offer Internet femtocells, aka "Extender", using your Internet to provide local cellular coverage inside and around your home (up to a 5,000 square foot area). Sometimes if you complain about lack of signal and ask about canceling, they will provide a femtocell for free or cheap.

Even if you end up paying a one-time cost for the hardware, it will be less than a year of paying for a landline phone.
I had no idea about any of this, so thank you so much for the details! Very helpful and I'm starting to feel much better!
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