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Alarm Clocks Useless Thanks to Cell Phones

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 51 comments

Now it's your cell phone that annoys you in the mornings.

Do you still have an alarm clock? More importantly, do you still use it? If you do, you might be in the minority.

In a poll of nearly 1,500 people carried out by, of which 82 percent owned a cell phone, more than half used their mobiles as their alarm clock.

20 percent of the British cell phone-owning respondents said that they used their handsets for the internet, organizing their week, taking pictures and video and waking up in the morning.

While cell phone makers often do advertise new phones by boasting new internet features and camera capabilities, it seems the most basic function of time keeping that's on all phones is the one that is used by most.

"It is a trend that we are seeing, people are even using mobiles instead of wrist watches now," Robert Egan, a fellow of the British Horological Institute, told the Telegraph. "It's just another sign of modern technology taking over from mechanical things."

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    zerapio , August 28, 2009 4:00 PM
    I still like having an alarm clock to be able to see what time it is in the dark.
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    JohnnyLucky , August 28, 2009 3:58 PM
    I still have an atomic radio frquency alarm clock radio with battery backup. I shut off my cell phone at night because of wrong number calls in the middle of the night.
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    zerapio , August 28, 2009 4:00 PM
    I still like having an alarm clock to be able to see what time it is in the dark.
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    mactruck , August 28, 2009 4:05 PM
    I'm sure there's an app for that, but my non-iphone can't compete with my smart alarm clock that only wakes me up on weekdays. Plus, I enjoy waking up to radio much more than the Verizon tone.
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    tenor77 , August 28, 2009 4:10 PM
    I have my cell programmed for different days with multiple times (for those hang-over days).
    Of course my kids are the ultimate alarm clock. Their internal clock doesn't require batteries.
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    jerther , August 28, 2009 4:11 PM
    I still use my classic radio alarm, on a battery backup.

    Like mactruck said, I too enjoy radio much more than my celphone tone.

    And my KATANA isn't loud enough to wake me up.
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    tayb , August 28, 2009 4:13 PM
    iPhone is my alarm but I also have a nifty little clock that was given as a gift that displays the time on the ceiling in the morning. With the iPhone I can set each day to wake me up at a separate time and not have to worry about the alarm going off on the weekend. Also, the alarm will still sound with the phone on silence so I don't have to worry about texts in the middle of the night or random phone calls. Oh yeah and the phone has a battery so a power outage doesn't have any effect on me.

    I'm sure you can get all that functionality in a fancy alarm clock but really, why bother?
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    aracheb , August 28, 2009 4:15 PM
    i set up my blackberry to go off at 11:00 pm for unwanted calls, and to back on a 5:45 am

    and then alarm at 6:30
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    thackstonns , August 28, 2009 4:17 PM
    mactruckI'm sure there's an app for that, but my non-iphone can't compete with my smart alarm clock that only wakes me up on weekdays. Plus, I enjoy waking up to radio much more than the Verizon tone.

    Get a blackberry. You can set it the same way. Thats what I do. Course its seems it is a sin for me to sleep in on the weekends. Damn women.
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    FlayerSlayer , August 28, 2009 4:19 PM
    I use an alarm clock plugged into a wall. I don't always remember to charge my phone, but that clock gets me up every day.
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    hopiamani , August 28, 2009 4:21 PM
    My dad thinks it's bad fashion to wear a suit without a wrist watch, but I just use my cell phone as a time keeper when I go to work everyday.

    Even at a black tie function I went to recently I still didn't wear a watch.
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    Irrenhaus , August 28, 2009 4:22 PM
    Its funny, I do a lot of traveling for work and most of the times in the hotel rooms, the small table next to the bed has a lamp and the alarm clock using the closest power outlet to the bed and the first thing I discconet is the lamp so I can have the phone chrging next to the bed, but still use the alarm clock to see the time at night.
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    valcron , August 28, 2009 4:23 PM
    I know i stopped using Alarm Clocks about a year ago. Got tired them either not going off or sleeping through them. Cell Phone I can setup 3 alarms all with different sounds. That way if one doesn't wake me...the others will.
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    thackstonns , August 28, 2009 4:24 PM
    arachebi set up my blackberry to go off at 11:00 pm for unwanted calls, and to back on a 5:45 amand then alarm at 6:30

    Holy cow I do the same thing with about the same times. Works like a charm.
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    Major7up , August 28, 2009 4:35 PM
    I prefer my clock with built in wall projector.
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    doomtomb , August 28, 2009 4:37 PM
    Actually Tom's, I have an alarm clock that I use and a watch that I wear on my wrist. While my cell phone could replace the function of both of these devices, I like the watch because it looks good for one, and to check the time all I have to do is move my wrist instead of grabbing my cell phone out of my pocket. My alarm clock is also an iPod dock, my roommate has one two (just different model) and we both use it to wake us up in the mornings.

    I find it weird, but I am one of the few that actually completely turn off their phone at night, plug it into my charger and pick it up and turn it on when I go out the door. I wish my phone had the auto turn off and turn on that 'aracheb' has.
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    jangocat , August 28, 2009 4:52 PM
    Yep, alarm clocks and watches are both obsolete and unnecessary to most people since the event of cell phones. When I see someone who still wears a watch they don't look fashionable to me, they look OLD fashioned.
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    theuerkorn , August 28, 2009 4:58 PM
    I use my iPhone as it's very convenient, but I still have it sitting in a Sony dock which doubles as a alarm clock / speaker. This way, I use the phone's scheduling, see time at night and have a more pleasant wake-up sound.
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    hillarymakesmecry , August 28, 2009 5:06 PM
    I use both. I'm hard to wake up in the morning. I wear a wrist watch too. It's much faster than digging in my pocket for a phone to see the time, especially when I'm sitting down.

    I actually stuck knife in the top of an alarm clock I couldn't get to go off one morning. It went off.
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    quantum mask , August 28, 2009 5:18 PM
    I have to use both. I have a hard time waking up in the morning, so I keep my phone by my bed as the "first stage" alarm. Sometimes I sleep through it, sometimes I wake up, turn it off, and fall back asleep!

    This is where an old fashioned alarm clock comes in handy for me. As my "second stage" alarm, I found a really old fashiond wind up clock. You know, the one with a big hand and a little hand and two bells on top with a hammer that strikes them both. I swear it's the most obnoxious, annoying thing. Well, I put that one in my living room and set it 10 minutes after my "first stage" alarm. It's so loud and annoying that i HAVE to get up and turn it off! And once I'm up, I'm up!
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    Anonymous , August 28, 2009 5:19 PM
    I use a "now and zen" clock -- it uses a real chime. It has improved my quality of life so much that I can't even describe it. Gentle wakeup with a natural sound...they are expensive (~$100) and unreliable (I replace mine every 2-3 of years) and have poor ergonomics (awful buttons make it easy to mis-set and have poor screen feedback.) But I still keep buying it...
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