Other Hypothetical question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by darksithpro, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016
    Since phones are used by us so much, I thought I'd ask a hypothetical question. For those of you who currently work, what would happen if you didn't have access to your phone for 1 working day? Could you do your duties, would you panic? How would you cope?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I'd use my backup iPhone. Or go down to Walmart and buy a digital phone and finally hook it up to the service we have with our ISP.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I work in law-enforcement, and it’s imperative that I have contact with my supervisors and fellow colleagues when need be, and there always are pertinent emails being sent to me regularly that may require an immediate response from me, so I have to have my phone with me almost all the time for Those reasons alone. So no, I would not be able to take care of my responsibility/duties without having access to my smart phone.

    How would I cope you ask if I didn’t have access to my smart phone? That means I would have to have a computer with me at minimum to access certain information that way.
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I can do my job without my phone at times. If it were to break, I would go to the Apple store after work, as I have AppleCare+.

    No freaking out here. I grew up without a cell phone.
  5. woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    I do nearly the same job I did 25 years ago. I have no idea how I ever ran a business without a cell phone.
  6. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    I’m sort of addicted to my phone. I’d be able to get a lot more stuff done without it.
  7. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I work in IT. My job would be a lot more boring than it already is.
  8. Waterman316 macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2018
    Just for one day? I could do it. But it would be a pain in the you know where. I work in a construction field, and my current job assignment, I inspect waterlines that are being put in across the city. Get multiple phone calls and texts throughout the day from contractors...if I didn’t have it I would have to continuously drive around the whole city to see if they had the work done yet. Doable yes, but not pleasantly.
  9. gpoop macrumors regular

    Sep 8, 2017
    I went on a cruise for a week with a group of friends and I was fine without my phone. However it was a major inconvenience not being able to contact friends on the cruise. We would leave messages on each others answering machines that were in our rooms. "hey going to this restaurant in 20 minutes! meet us there!" message was 4 hours ago. lol
  10. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    No panic here as well, because of the same.

    However, the way it used to be is difficult to work with now. I could be out of the house and if a need to call someone came up it was a simple matter of finding a payphone.

    Other than holdouts in large cities, just try and find a payphone now. And if you do, it's not a dime or a quarter any more. I could now waste a massive amount of time just trying to find a payphone to make what would amount to a 10 second checkin or update.

    When we cut off our home phone, that left us with just our cellphones. So that's not a backup anymore.
  11. joeblow7777, Dec 17, 2018
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    joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I use my phone for many things but as far as work goes I mostly use it for emails, and I have other devices that can handle that though, so while I'd feel naked without it, there's no reason why I couldn't get through a work day without my phone.
  12. Plutowillreturn macrumors member


    Oct 7, 2018
    How about using the portable radio or arranging for a park/walk/talk? I'm guessing you're a fed?
  13. dwfaust macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2011
    It's my pager and my primary communication device. I suppose I could take a vacation day.
  14. Porterhouse macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    I'd be fine. I'd use my Apple Watch and/or my iPad.
  15. Reno Raines macrumors 65816

    Jul 19, 2015

    Yep I work in law enforcement too so I need a phone or it would be bad.
  16. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Absolutely nothing. For work, I use my MBP and Slack or email for pretty much all communication.
  17. purged, Dec 18, 2018
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  18. LeeW, Dec 18, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2018

    LeeW macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2017
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It would be an inconvenience at worst which would keep me at my desk for longer periods.
  19. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    Considering my work is literally application testing on a mobile platform..... no, I could not do my job
  20. akash.nu macrumors 604


    May 26, 2016
    My reliance on my phone is pure convenience when it comes to work. So I’ll still be able to perform all my duties without it.
  21. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I’m not as reliant on my phone as I’ve been in the past. I am mobile often so having access to email and being able to receive calls away from my desk is convenient but it’s not crucial, it just delays my response time.
  22. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I took this question to mean MY phone, as in my personal phone. If I were to have my work phone taken away for a day, I'd still survive. It's nice to be able to reference a ticket while out in the field, i.e. double-check an office location or problem details while working but it's also kind of a pain to have my office calls ringing in my pocket while I'm in the middle of something.
  23. Alex.jr macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2018
    I could.

    It doesn’t work at 37.000 feet anyways. :)
  24. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    I'm probably a few that can live without a phone. I just need a phone to receive work assignments.

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