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Listeners Share Their Stories Of When Cellphones Are Their 'Best Friends'

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Listeners Share Their Stories Of When Cellphones Are Their 'Best Friends'

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Listeners Share Their Stories Of When Cellphones Are Their 'Best Friends'

Listeners Share Their Stories Of When Cellphones Are Their 'Best Friends'

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Listeners share stories about a time when their mobile phone was indispensable.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Two weeks ago, we asked you, our listeners, to tell us about your relationship with technology, specifically your mobile phones. We wanted to know: When did you realize your cellphone was indispensable? Or was there a moment when you wish you didn't have one at all? Well, many of you wrote in to share your stories and here are just a few of them.

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AMBER MANCINI: This is Amber Mancini of Old Forge, Pa. I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with my boyfriend and his family. We were sitting in a Cha stall, which is a tea stall, and the power shut off and it was nighttime. It was dark. But then a couple of the men pulled out their cellphone to make sure they have enough sugar in the cup. And I realized, well, jeez, it's not even that a cellphone is necessary to call people, but they use it as a flashlight.

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DAVID HART: My name is David Hart from Anchorage, Alaska. We were on a bike tour in Canada. We checked in with the group but when we got to our room, the key didn't work. I went back to the front desk but the clerk would only speak French, and I only spoke English. I took out my iPhone and used it to translate. Now, I love my wife but if I had propped her up on the counter, I still wouldn't have a key. And that's when I realized my phone was really my best friend.

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THAD COLL: My name is Thad Coll(ph) and I live in Santaquin, Utah. My haiku that I wrote is called "Super Inconvenient," and goes like this.

(Reading) Bring back the phone booths, tough to put on cape and tights in an otter box.

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KATIE BLUNT: I'm Katie Blunt(ph) from Fresno, Calif. I was pregnant in October of 2009, and I was thrilled. The year before, I had two miscarriages. Because I was all blissed-out about being pregnant again, and because I had an iPhone, I Facebooked my pregnancy like no pregnancy had been Facebooked before. So yeah, I am the one with her phone always in her hand. I'm the one who Facebooked in the delivery room. I'm the one who wouldn't have it any other way.

BLOCK: Listeners telling us about their relationships with cellphones. And thanks to everyone who wrote in.

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THE KINKS: (Singing) Wish I had a more direct connection...

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