It is my opinion that the time to call on the telephone, emergencies excluded, should be limited to business hours, or before 6:00PM. That's just an opinion, not a law.
Here in our humble home area doctors and other who are seen by appointment have a habit (assume habits are bad) of calling to remind you of an appointment. First: Are we really dumb enough to forget written information. Second: Aren't we old enough to remember to read what we wrote. Third: If it's okay for them to call why can't it be done during business hours.
Last night I was watching the national news, starts at 6:30PM, and was interested in what was being talked about. My wife was asleep. The phone rang, I answered, no one said a word. After a delay a voice reminded my wife of an appointment, and please press one if you validate the appointment. This was on Friday night, the appointment is Tuesday - so, you see, they do trust us to remember for a limited time. Now, if it's important to call after hours, shouldn't it be at the very least a "live" person who places the call and not a "robot"?
Cell phones are important, we even have one at our advanced age. Our carrier is Verizon, which seems to be the only one with a plan for "seniors". Both U S Cellular and AT&T Wireless have an office, or multiple offices in the Bangor area.
One of the companies has, at least locally, a HUGE advertising budget, US Cellular, has covered city buses 100 percent with ads, they were using a mobile billboard until it was declared illegal (Maine has a strict Billboard Law). The other two advertise sporadically on TV or print ads.
My opinion is that, not considering the "senior" plan, there isn't a whole lot of difference between the three of them. You make calls, you pay for a pre-set number of minutes - end of discussion. I don't text or browse the 'net on a phone, the keys are way to small for that, and I don't really know how to text anyway, so that's not a part of my discussion.