Forums > Off-Topic Discussion > Which would you give up: your car or your phone?

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21691

Portland, Oregon, US

If you had to give up one or the other, which would you give up, your car or your phone?  Why?

Sep 26 13 07:59 am Link

Photographer

Cosplay Creatives

Posts: 10714

Amundsen-Scott - permanent station of the US, Unclaimed Sector, Antarctica

My phone.  I need my own means of transportation.

Sep 26 13 10:21 am Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Phone.

With only my car I can drive to a friend's place for a chat, but with only my phone it's really hard to go grocery-shopping and haul myself and my gear to a shoot.

Sep 26 13 10:24 am Link

Photographer

sospix

Posts: 21396

Orlando, Florida, US

That's pretty easy  .  .  .  I don't have a phone, "they" won't let me  .  .  .  wink

SOS

Sep 26 13 10:28 am Link

Model

Isis22

Posts: 2577

Muncie, Indiana, US

I don't drive and my phone is a dumb phone, not a smart one. I guess I'll keep the phone.

Sep 26 13 10:33 am Link

Photographer

Connor Photography

Posts: 6598

Elkton, Maryland, US

I have given up both for weeks of a time in the middle of ocean on the sailboat.  No problem at all.  smile

Sep 26 13 11:35 am Link

Model

Magic Forests

Posts: 530

New York, New York, US

I can't drive yet but I think I'd rather take the car, maybe?

Sep 26 13 11:40 am Link

Photographer

Orca Bay Images

Posts: 32234

Woodinville, Washington, US

Can't make out inside a cell phone.

Sep 26 13 11:48 am Link

Photographer

Jim Ball

Posts: 17239

Frontenac, Kansas, US

Easy, phone.  My cellphone is a TracFone Motorola flip phone.  No camera, no internet, no angry birds...
I can receive text messages, but sending them is a nightmare, so although I've received a few texts from models in the past, I've never sent one.  I buy a 60 minute card every three months and have accumulated over 1,600 minutes on the thing.

Sep 26 13 11:56 am Link

Photographer

Cosplay Creatives

Posts: 10714

Amundsen-Scott - permanent station of the US, Unclaimed Sector, Antarctica

Orca Bay Images wrote:
Can't make out inside a cell phone.

But you can still push all the right buttons tongue

Sep 26 13 01:37 pm Link

Photographer

Motordrive Photography

Posts: 3101

Lodi, California, US

I go to my car to get away from it all, the telephone is what I have
to get away from.

Sep 26 13 01:41 pm Link

Artist/Painter

ernst tischler

Posts: 15199

Cut and Shoot, Texas, US

I'm old enough that I spent about 20 years of my adult life without a phone...but I've always had a car.

So I'll keep the car...phone can go.

Sep 26 13 01:58 pm Link

Photographer

Looknsee Photography

Posts: 21691

Portland, Oregon, US

I was inspired to create this thread by an article in Popular Science which states that many "Millennials" (people aged in their late teens to early 30s) have foregone getting a car, choosing to living in town instead.

Hey -- I do that.  I live downtown, 3 blocks from the supermarket, and walking distance to everything, including theater, concerts, art museums, galleries, shopping, doctors, dentists, restaurants, what-have-you.  I gave up my car a couple of years ago, and I don't miss it.  No need for parking, insurance, gas price hikes, etc.  If I want something big, I just get it delivered.  If I really need a car, I am signed up for Zipcar, but I haven't needed it for over a year.  It's amazing how much stress is removed from your life when you don't have a car. 

Working from home is terrific, too.  It's not for everyone, but it suits me.

I'm not a fan of smartphones -- I think they are just too distracting, and they've created a whole new class of rudeness & danger (specifically, texting & driving).  If I want to play, I can do it here at home -- if I'm out & about, I don't need it (although a reliable GPS mapping app would be nice.

You might think of me as a throwback -- I think I'm just ahead of my time.

Sep 26 13 01:58 pm Link

Photographer

DougBPhoto

Posts: 38623

Portland, Oregon, US

I'd give up the phone.   Hard to drive places on a phone.

Thankfully, don't need to choose.

Sep 26 13 01:59 pm Link

Photographer

Wye

Posts: 9900

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I'd give up the car. I can do my job without a car. Can't do it without my phone.

I lived in Toronto for 10 years without having a car. I could do it again.

Sep 26 13 02:15 pm Link

Photographer

Lohkee

Posts: 12790

Maricopa, Arizona, US

Wye wrote:
I'd give up the car. I can do my job without a car. Can't do it without my phone.

I lived in Toronto for 10 years without having a car. I could do it again.

Yeppers! The former employer sent me to D.C. for eight months. Thanks to their fantastic public transportation, I didn't miss not having a car at all. In CA or AZ I couldn't live without one.

Sep 26 13 02:23 pm Link

Photographer

Rick Dupuis Photography

Posts: 6822

Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

My phone card ran out last month and I let it go for more than 2 weeks before getting another one. It was kind of liberating. I live 16 miles outside of town so giving up the car would be a problem. Giving up the cell phone wouldn't be.

Sep 26 13 02:30 pm Link

Photographer

R80

Posts: 2602

Marceline, Missouri, US

Definitely my phone...I'm about to rip the SOB out now anyway.  When you have a business listing/home number on the same property, the "no-call list" doesn't help you.  Hell should keep it's fires going with the carcasses of telemarketers.

I still believe the business advice that a stone and mortar business shouldn't go with just cell phone and especially not in a rural area with poor cell coverage.

Besides, I use prepaid at a cost of $20.00 every three months and the last time I used my cell phone I noticed my account was over $238.00 dollars to the good.  Finally, if I were to give up my car, how would I transport all my gear for photo gigs?

Sep 26 13 03:54 pm Link

Photographer

H E R B L I S H

Posts: 15073

Orlando, Florida, US

Easy!

Sep 26 13 04:00 pm Link

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Photographer

Justin

Posts: 21925

Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Just to be clear, we're talking cellphones, right? Not all access to telecommunications from home or office?

I got by with my car and no cellphone for most of my life. I bet I still could.

Sep 26 13 04:07 pm Link

Photographer

MesmerEyes Photography

Posts: 3035

Tyler, Texas, US

Phone. They have done away with horse stables in town. Although in my home town it wouldn't be a surprise to see someone riding their horse to the convenient store or the American Legion.

But seriously, I travel to a lot of places that don't have public transportation and I have a lot of gear for work.

Sep 26 13 04:13 pm Link

Photographer

Garry k

Posts: 27268

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Makes me think of some of the local aspiring photographers in my town

$7K plus on a camera and lens

and ( therefor) only able to afford to ride a bike around town

Sep 26 13 06:10 pm Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

car

Sep 26 13 06:11 pm Link

Photographer

Bob Helm Photography

Posts: 18213

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, US

Phone for sure.
The car is fun, on the road or on the track and a necessary means of transportation in the suburbs.

Sep 26 13 06:14 pm Link

Model

Laura UnBound

Posts: 27373

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I dont currently have a car to give up. But Im living in a city with great public transit.


If I were still living at home (BFE) that didnt even have sidewalks and the closest bus stop was over 5 miles away...Id give up the phone.

Sep 26 13 06:53 pm Link

Photographer

Hikari Tech Photography

Posts: 791

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Assuming this question was a car or any means of a phone (wired or wireless), the phone will take the back seat over the car.

Sure when I'm old... the phone will replace the car. hmm

Sep 27 13 02:53 am Link

Photographer

Warren Leimbach

Posts: 2686

Tampa, Florida, US

Ouch.   Without either one I am out of business.  I would need a major lifestyle overhaul, busking on street corners or something.  Might get a job at the library?

I guess people could still contact me by message board or smoke signals.  But I will always need the wheels to haul stuff.

Sep 27 13 10:19 am Link