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A tale of 2/3 generations
This is as much a story about generational differences as anything. I can remember, before entering my undergrad years in college, working for a guy who carried a brick-style mobile phone. He carried it in a briefcase that was designed specifically for this massive phone. He had a large antenna on the trunk of his car that the phone plugged into when he was driving. When we would see someone like this guy, we considered them super rich. It was an enormous luxury at the time.
Years later, I worked out on the road/in the field, in financial services, going on appointments to visit clients every day. Despite spending 8-12 hours in the car every day, I never owned a cell phone. I would always have quarters in my pocket, and if I was running late, I would find a pay phone and call the client. It was just that easy, if not slightly inconvenient at times. That lasted for 15 years and I was able to do my job successfully without the need of a cell phone.
Fast forward to 2013, when most people with cell phones don't require them for jobs out on the road. Why then, do people still have their phones glued to their ears or they will be speaking via Bluetooth? If I could go 15 years working out in the field without owning a cell phone, are people these days really communicating important information when they are constantly on calls?
Even my contemporaries are in utter disbelief when they learn that I don't own a smart phone. I am a business owner with clientele around the globe, but I only own a no-frills cell phone. Most calls are placed from my office via an office phone. Are smart phones a necessity or a status symbol, keeping up with the Jones's or an extra expense each month? For someone my age, the answer is easy. For someone half my age, the answer is still easy...........although both answers are not the same.
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