The myth of the 'drunk phone'

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by quest7, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. quest7 macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2011
    oklahoma city
  2. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I take one of my backup phones whenever I go fishing at sea. When I reach the destination, I swap the SIM to the backup and turn off the iPhone and leave it at land.

    Whenever else, I always take my iPhone w/ me. At pubs and clubs is always inside my pockets or hands, I don't leave it on any table or surface.
  3. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Here is an idea, rather than swapping phones before getting drunk, establish limits and self control. Or, if you're dead set on getting hammered, how about no phone at all?

    Don't know many people who thank god for making a drunk phone call to someone, but I know plenty who wished they didn't.

    Also, what a pointless article, CNN, no wonder ratings aren't what they used to be.
  4. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Pretty much all my European friends (especially Norway/Sweden) have bar/travel/drunk phones - mostly just for safety in case it's lost or stolen. The 'drunk phone' aspect is probably the smallest piece of that pie.

    I've never known anyone in Chicago or Michigan who has ever done that. I am also amazed at how no matter how drunk one can get, they can still pull off their custom unlock pattern and use their phone perfectly (myself included... or at least used to. Those were the days).

    That's just no fun.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I toyed around with the idea but decided against it because my carrier no longer gives copies of SIMs, hence I would have two numbers. That's too much hassle and a smartphone is handy for looking up bus schedules, open bars and snack places.

    I do have a "drunk" debit card with very strict limitations, though. I always pay in cash but a card is useful if I run out of money and need a cab for instance.

    That's quite dangerous. Without a phone, you have no way of calling a cab (or ambulance) if you need one. And others have no way of contacting you in case they are worried.
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    This is a far worse idea, and you don't have to be totally hammered to be complacent with your phone. People go out to have fun and relax. If they need a cab, they will require a phone. Pay phones mostly disappeared a long time ago. Drunk phones could also be used in other situations, like if you're going to the beach. It's not 100% safe in your car (break in rates tend to be high around beach parking areas). It's not that safe with the beach towel if you leave it sitting there. Why not carry a cheap one then? Phones have become really expensive devices, so even with backups of your information, I can understand the desire to protect them.

    You beat me to it, but I decided to comment anyway :p. Prior to the extreme popularity of mobile phones which took over at a much earlier time in Europe than the US, we had much greater access to public phones, which basically explains the what did people do prior to everyone carrying a mobile phone issue.
  7. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    If I need my phone, I take it. I take care of my stuff, and at the end of the day if something happens to it, it's just a phone.

    The only occasions I leave my phone at home or in the car are:
    -at the beach
    -foam parties
    -when playing sports
  8. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Since my bad tempter broke my iPhone, I'm now currently sporting a Nokia 1100. I don't think I'll care much if I lose it.

  9. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    *shudders* :eek:

    I do second the sports thing though - leave my wallet and phone in the car.
  10. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    I have self-control and thus have no need to bar myself from calling my ex-girlfriend when I'm drunk. :)

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