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Going Phoneless

Life in the 21st century without a cell phone


Category: Life

Monday, I was informed that my work contract ends October 1. That means that right as I’ve been getting started with the adjustment to no cell phone, I have the added stress of trying to make connections and find new work. But I’m not going to let that shake me!

I’ve already found a hidden benefit. Over the last year or more, I’ve had a Google Voice phone number connected to my cell phone, and that’s the number I used on my resume, and in all job-related communication, etc. All of those hundreds of recruiters who call every day aren’t calling me directly, they’re calling via Google Voice.

And last week, I set Google Voice to never ring my phone.

You might be a little confused now, and wondering why I’m not taking calls from recruiters if I need a job. Here’s why: When you’re looking for work you post a resume, and then you get dozens of phone calls every day from recruiters who don’t really have jobs, but who need to fill “call time” quotas for their jobs… so they ask you tons of questions about your background and ask for your resume and promise to get in touch if they have something.

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In other words, 90% of those calls are garbage, and if I answer them it becomes a huge waste of my time. But now, I never hear the phone ring, and my mood stays good. Google Voice emails me a transcript of their voicemail, and I can decide right away whether or not it’s worth it to call them back. (Over Skype.) But usually, they email too, so the whole phone thing becomes pointless.

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Technology now provides several means of communication, from chat and email even to voice and video, and all of them can be found free of charge. Moreover, connection to the internet is growing more pervasive every day, and in many cases can also be found free of charge.

Recently I’ve been considering the possibility of going through life without a cell phone and what that would mean. So I’ve decided to make an experiment of going phoneless. I’m going to try getting through life without a cell phone. I’ll try several alternative means of communication, of course. And I’ll document everything here.

I hope you find it enlightening!