What If You Don’t Have a Cell Phone?

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From now on, if you want a drink in a UK pub, you’re going to have to hand over your cell phone to the barmaid or whoever so she can check the information on your official government tracking app; and if it’s not all there, no beer for you (https://summit.news/2021/04/09/report-brits-at-pubs-will-have-to-register-on-government-tracking-app-hand-over-phones/).

Freedom? It’s been nice knowing you.

They’re not calling it a “vaccine passport,” but that’s what it is. Actually, it’s more along the lines of Communist China’s “social credit system,” in which they use your cell phone to take note of everything you say and do. Say the wrong thing, and you won’t be allowed to ride the bus.

I don’t have a cell phone. There must be people in Britain who don’t. Would that mean I can’t buy a drink until I get one, and do whatever you do with an “app,” whatever that is, to allow the government to keep tabs on you?

Words almost fail me. Honk if you think this is a horrendous violation of personal space and liberty.

Gettin’ bad out there, isn’t it?

8 comments on “What If You Don’t Have a Cell Phone?

  1. In some places you can not get a coffee if you do not a smart phone to download the app to order the coffee.

  2. I’m starting to seriously consider getting rid of my cell phone when my contract is done, but we have it for emergency use. I almost never use it as a phone, but for its camera, messaging with my family, or as a handheld computer. It lets me do things like use a scanner to check for error codes on our vehicle, instead of paying a mechanic to do the same thing.

    It’s the emergency use thing that’s the main reason I’m keeping it. When you live in the boonies and get a flat tire, there aren’t necessarily going to be nearby farmhouses to walk to and borrow a phone. Which also makes it very hard to tell CAA where you are! And people don’t stop for vehicles on the side of the road anymore. Everyone has cell phones to call for help, right?

  3. I once got a mobile talk-only phone when my mother was in long-term care so they could get hold of me in an emergency. So it was more in the nature of a pager than a phone that I used for anything else. But mostly I kept my landline and didn’t want anything else. But when I moved five years ago, I discovered that the building I was moving to — and all newer buildings in this city — didn’t have landline connections. So I had no choice. And now I really do need my cell phone for a number of things that my old landline would have been useless for … and a lot of other things that I don’t really “need” at all. So yeah, the government and big tech (but I repeat myself) know everything I say and do.

    1. When mobile phones first became available, my editor wanted me to have one so he could get at me in the evenings and on the weekends, doubling my hours but leaving my salary the same (he was adept at doing that). I don’t remember how I dodged that bullet.

  4. They come out with a fun new gadget. Oh, look, a phone that is basically a computer and you can slip it in your pocket and take it anywhere!
    Oh, how cool is that, it has GPS and everything to track your location so that you can input any destination and it will get you there using Google Maps!

    It was certainly a cleverly baited hook. I’ve got a phone myself, and I do like it, not going to deny it. And it’s extremely useful, not only for use as an emergency phone, but you can do pretty much everything on it, from reading to filling out your taxes.
    It’s scummy that they probably planned this out all along. Market it as a fun toy, with the end goal of non-stop surveillance.

  5. I have a cell phone for emergency purposes (like calling my wife from the grocery store to see if she wants mild or hot salsa). Why are so many wanting to come to the USA to live?- because we still have a lot of freedom verses the rest of the world. Pray to God we not only do not lose it, but can expand it and send it around the world.

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