Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa
Well, you seem like you would get along fine in life being Amish. Most people use phones to keep in contact with friends and family. Maybe your circle is limited to yourself and parents. It doesn't matter what kind of phone you use, only that it's a phone. Trying to write it off because it's a $600 phone vs a $20 one doesn't change the point that you need some kind of phone service in this day and age to work and feed your family. You might as well be arguing that having running water is non-essential because you can go out to the local well and get your water yourself. Us yuppies prefer hot water showers.
Maybe I would be better off Amish.
So...where does it say that phones are essential, again? You said that the fees we pay on our phone bills means that phones are an essential service, yet I fail to see where that is, exactly, as none of the fees even imply that one must have cell phone or home phone service. You keep saying that people NEED phone service (I'm assuming you mean cell phones?) to work and feed their families, yet so many people still get by just fine without them. Cell phones are a luxury, plain and simple, and the fact that we feel like we always need access to talk to people, check email, check facebook statuses, etc. is an entirely different story.
Not making any comments on your age, but if you grew up before cell phones were prevalent, you'd probably recognize how easy it is to get along without one. They make things more convenient, but they're far from essential. I'd say general access to the internet is more essential than having a cell phone.
Seems like this thread has been sufficiently derailed...