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I stopped using phone completely, period, even for known numbers. It's in permanent silence, no vibration, no checking mode. It took some time for friends to learn they have to use Skype or whatsapp to contact me, but after that I don't have to worry about spam and midnight calls anymore.

I do something similar. My default ring tone and message tone is "silent". I then set ring/message tones for some people in my contacts.

I've heard that some smart phones don't let people use my method any more. i.e. you can not set default tones to silent.

You can set a zero-length sound file to combat.

Oh, good point! I will tell my coworkers that are in that situation.

So, you're basically not reachable in an emergency unless someone knows the special code to get hold of you? To say nothing of local service people etc. who you might have to deal with.

I don't like junk calls either but cutting myself off from normal communication channels doesn't seem as if it would be very practical.

I don't go as far as that commenter, but I'm very tempted. Nobody that I personally know calls me without texting first anyway (well, except for one rude guy), especially if it's an emergency.

People can use texts for emergency messages. If they want to voice call, this usually mean situation is not so urgent in a first place.

I think I'd take issue with a text "Umm, yeah, your mom died so call me".

And, yes, I do in fact use punctuation on text messages...

No offence, but something is seriously wrong with your head

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