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    Quote Originally Posted by blather View Post
    When I was in Grade 9, cell phones were on Star Trek only. Way to make me feel old.
    I'm with you blather. Deniz, you just totally dated me. Way to go. I'm just bugging. I'm the only one who makes me feel old!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Yeah I got my first cell phone when i was in my late twenties I think? Seamus and I shared it an i almost NEVER used it. I actually only started REALLY using a cell phone in 2009.

    When I was in 9th grade I think my father had one of those gigantic car phones that had its own bag and thats about it.
    When I met my ex in '99 he had a cell phone that he lovingly called The Microwave.

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    My dad had this huge one I had to take in high school if I wanted to take the truck, or stay out late. I graduated in 98, so you can imagine how big and clunky this thing was I remember most of my friends had pagers though. That was how we got hold of each other.
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    Ahhh pagers. Forgot about those!

    So yesterday we decided to get rid of our VOIP phone at the house and rely only on our cell service, which is ok where we live. Then we had a realization that meant that every time the kids wanted to talk to one of their friends, they would need to use Seamus' or my cell phone.

    Its kind of odd...on one hand, why should that bother me? But on the other hand it does, as my phone is such a useful piece of equipment, and personal too with all of my pictures and some documents, that it made me feel uncomfortable. We are now considering adding back our VOIP phone. But i was thinking, having at least a third family cell phone for the kids to share could also solve that problem...and could be used by my oldest so i could get in touch with her when she is off doing whatever it is she is doing at the moment.

    Still no need for all my kids to have their own, nor a fancy one...but just another use case of children with phones that occurred to me...not of the smart variety

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    My dad had this huge one I had to take in high school if I wanted to take the truck, or stay out late. I graduated in 98, so you can imagine how big and clunky this thing was I remember most of my friends had pagers though. That was how we got hold of each other.
    The only cell phones I ever saw when I was in high school were on TV, like in some big hair/padded shoulder/electric makeup type movie. Even Magnum P.I. didn't have a cell phone in the Ferrari.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Ahhh pagers. Forgot about those!

    So yesterday we decided to get rid of our VOIP phone at the house and rely only on our cell service, which is ok where we live. Then we had a realization that meant that every time the kids wanted to talk to one of their friends, they would need to use Seamus' or my cell phone.

    Its kind of odd...on one hand, why should that bother me? But on the other hand it does, as my phone is such a useful piece of equipment, and personal too with all of my pictures and some documents, that it made me feel uncomfortable. We are now considering adding back our VOIP phone. But i was thinking, having at least a third family cell phone for the kids to share could also solve that problem...and could be used by my oldest so i could get in touch with her when she is off doing whatever it is she is doing at the moment.

    Still no need for all my kids to have their own, nor a fancy one...but just another use case of children with phones that occurred to me...not of the smart variety
    I think that would be the way to go, just add another line that will be the home phone. Thats what we have. That way the kids still have a number for their friends to call them without using your phone. Also as the kids get older you might leave them home alone for awhile and that way you have a way to call home and check on them.
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    My daughter is a teen and has an Ipad and a smartphone.

    My son has a kindle fire and a regular cell (somewhere, he doesn't really care for using the phone).

    We are pretty liberal with our electronics. I have a laptop I adore. Tom has a macbook and ipad. He's an apple boy. And we also have a desktop in the office room that marcus uses for minecraft and meg uses for sims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I think that would be the way to go, just add another line that will be the home phone. Thats what we have. That way the kids still have a number for their friends to call them without using your phone. Also as the kids get older you might leave them home alone for awhile and that way you have a way to call home and check on them.
    Oh that is an excellent point about leaving them home alone. I already leave Emma home alone for very short periods of time once in a while, although we haven't recently so it didn't even occur to me that she would be phone-less if home alone!

    Seamus is already looking back into getting another VOIP line. Partially because of the kids, and partially because I think ultimately it will work better for me with my job.

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    The only reason we have our home phone is for the kids at home if we aren't there. Marcus doesn't love phones and so we have to have something tied to the wall, really loud for him to answer it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    Oh that is an excellent point about leaving them home alone. I already leave Emma home alone for very short periods of time once in a while, although we haven't recently so it didn't even occur to me that she would be phone-less if home alone!

    Seamus is already looking back into getting another VOIP line. Partially because of the kids, and partially because I think ultimately it will work better for me with my job.
    We have a cheap prepaid track phone that we leave with the babysitter if we are going out because she does not have a cell phone.

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