The unexpected consequences of living without a cell phone

Original photo by Gaetan Lee

Last week, Charlie Sorrel over at Wired's Gadget Lab ran an experiment to see if it was possible for him to live without a cell phone for a week.

Tuesday, he revealed the results. I was particularly struck by one problem that cropped up:

I don't have a doorbell. [...] People usually call, let the phone ring once and then hang up. This is pretty difficult to do by email, and people who actually bother to visit instead of just calling end up standing in the street.

When I (briefly) went wireless-less in 2005, I was late for just about everything, because my phone was my primary time-keeping device.

What about you? Aside from doorbells and watches, what other surrogate uses does your phone perform?


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