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The cell phone has become an essential communications tool; a bit of insurance when we need it. Yet there are many who do not carry a cell phone. Perhaps because cell phones are complex , small, easy to lose, a nuisance, too expensive or too few people to call.
However, the cell phone is a personal safety device, especially if you live alone or a distance from family members. A cell phone may be the most valuable item in your pocket if a sudden need arises. Public pay phones are not an option, they have all but disappeared from the landscape .
If you or someone you know is reluctant, here are ten good reasons to carry a cell phone.
1 Weather and Acts of Nature – Many of us live in parts of the country where a sudden earthquake or tornado could happen without warning. Then there are the other acts of nature that result in evacuation such as hurricanes, fires, blizzards, ice storms, flooding, landslides, or a prolonged power outage. A cell phone is important to get help or to let someone know your location and your level of safety.
2. Travel Safety –We love to travel; by car, RV, ship, train, plane or bus. It is a good idea to let a family member or friend know where you are and where you are going next or when you plan to arrive. While you are away, a friend or family member can contact you if there is a problem with your home, a pet or with another family member.
3. Traffic Problems – No matter how well we plan we can run into traffic jams that cause us to be late for that doctor’s appointment, dinner reservation, or a party. A cell phone is handy to alert your destination of a new arrival time.
4. Accidents Happen – When we least expect it. Most are minor, but as we age, we are more prone to falling. A simple fall on a slippery surface may not be just an embarrassment, but a call for help from a cell phone, especially if no one sees you fall. If you drive, an auto accident , empty gas tank or that flat tire always seems to happen in the middle of a rainstorm – a cell phone is invaluable to summon police or a tow truck.
5. Good Samaritan -- We have all been in a situation when we wished the police were nearby to report a drunk driver, help for a lost child, see smoke or witness an accident. We can be of aid to another person, as a Good Samaritan, to summon assistance for others.
6. 911 -- This is the most important reason to have a cell phone in an emergency. Soon all phones will have location-based technology , GPS that will dispatch help to you quickly without you having to know your exact address.
7. Staying in touch with Family – A cell phone makes you accessible when you are needed. Perhaps it is a grandchild or a close friend who really needs your help or someone who needs to hear your reassuring voice or a bit of wisdom in a pinch.
8. Finding your way if you are lost – We are at an intersection without a map; is our destination a left or a right turn? There is no one around to ask. A quick call will get us on our way.
9 Check a schedule – You have dropped off car for repair and are told to come back in one hour. We all know that hour can stretch on longer. A phone is handy to be able to check on the schedule so we can adjust our activities to fill the time productively.
10. ICE – Don’t forget to program your cell phone with one or two “ICE” numbers , these are your “In Case of Emergency” numbers. ICE numbers are a powerful aid to police or emergency personal assisting you in an emergency. In the event that you are carrying your cell phone and you are non-responsive, the emergency personal can locate and dial your ICE contacts. On your cell phone, just program in ICE-1, and ICE-2 and the phone number, These ICE contacts may be critical in helping emergency personal access enough medical information about you to save your life.
It used to be said that a mobile phone was a luxury. I will not do without mine. It has become such a war-horse through the years. I have a collection, LOL. While I don't have "the brick" (the original Motorola beige thingy), I do have the original AT&T one and my original StarTac and TimePort with the colored text. I figure one day, I can show my grandson-what am I saying?, I can show him NOW - ROTFLOL
Anyhoo, I use my phone for directions. I got used to TeleNav so, when it became available for mobile phones and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse LOL - I jumped on it. TeleNav is the best thing since sliced bread as far as I'm concerned. Now when someone tells me to "get lost" it will be *really* hard to do! ROTFLOL. (TeleNav allows you to put in directions to ANYWHERE and get door to door driving instructions).
Where they really shine is if you lose power in your car, your home, Vacation spot etc. You still have access to the outside world. Telephones in the home are useless if the power fails because most phones are now cordless and rely upon your electricity to function. They don't tell you when you purchase those puppies that in an emergency or power failure, you're pretty much toast, LOL.
The key is to get a good phone to begin with. And more importantly, get with a company that is known for great coverage. Haggle with them about the plan. Nothing is written in stone. They cut deals but they don't want that to get around, LOL. If you are about to renew your contract, ask for all the perks that you can get - early evenings, more minutes, extras like Internet if you don't have it and so on. You'll be surprised how many things they'll throw in to keep your business. They will even lower the price of the telephone if you insist. When it was time to renew my contract, I got a brand new $600 phone for $149 and tons of minutes. So, it's doable...if you've been a good customer!