I’ve never owned one. The closest I ever got was a flip-phone, and I hate them too. And, I’ve been doing IT for over thirty years.

First off, a disclaimer: The technology is useful, and I understand the appeal. They’re also helpful for routine emergencies, about the only saving grace that I can think of regarding them. But, it’s a big one, especially now that the companies selling the smartphones have ensured that all of the payphones have been removed. On the other hand, I just don’t trust the social and regulatory environment that we live in enough, to subject myself to them on a regular basis. I wish that I could. But, I resent any society that’s become so owned by shady telecoms, that we need them to exist.

They’re made by slaves, they make billionaires into bigger billionaires, and they’re full of toxic crap mined in third-world banana republics by slaves: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/12/phone-misery-children-congo-cobalt-mines-drc

They’re also spying on you. Don’t think that they don’t: https://www.geek.com/tech/you-know-your-smartphone-is-spying-on-you-but-its-worse-than-you-think-1745382/

70% of them end up in landfills, where they decompose and leak mercury, cadmium, lead and lithium: https://www.recode.net/2017/11/8/16621512/where-does-my-smartphone-iphone-8-x-go-recycling-afterlife-toxic-waste-environment

They’re next-to-worthless in prolonged natural disasters, because you can’t charge the batteries without electricity, and cellular networks can become overwhelmed: https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/04/29/179243218/after-sandy-questions-linger-over-cellphone-reliability

They can pinpoint your location within a three-meter radius to any carrier that wants to know. These carriers share that information: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

They outsource all of their technical and customer service. These people sometimes make less than $2/hr. Those are jobs that Americans should have, and they’re employed by billionaires, many of whom don’t pay taxes: http://fortune.com/2017/05/04/att-outsourcing-dominican-republic/

Their U.S. coverage still sucks, and they’re overpriced: https://www.androidauthority.com/cell-phone-plans-expensive-806443/

There’s strong-as-hell evidence that they can give you cancer, particularly of the breast, brain and gonads: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-studies-link-cell-phone-radiation-with-cancer/

They’ve been known to explode. Lithium battery fires suck: https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/consultant-says-iphone-exploded-in-his-pocket-heres-why-phones-explode.html

They’re bad for your eyes: https://nypost.com/2018/08/13/your-phone-is-blinding-you-scientists-warn/

Their keyboards suck, and always will.

If you don’t have friends who know how to use a landline, and make and keep appointments, then you should chuck your friends, too.

These joker telecoms. Now they don’t even support copper landlines. Elizabeth Warren should grab them all by the scruffs of their necks and shake them down. I want to see the copper network re-built. With THEIR money, not ours.

Bring back payphones, too.

“Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.

“But the allure of independence, so powerful to previous generations, holds less sway over today’s teens, who are less likely to leave the house without their parents. The shift is stunning: 12th-graders in 2015 were going out less often than eighth-graders did as recently as 2009.

“Today’s teens are also less likely to date. The initial stage of courtship, which Gen Xers called “liking” (as in “Ooh, he likes you!”), kids now call “talking”—an ironic choice for a generation that prefers texting to actual conversation. After two teens have “talked” for a while, they might start dating. But only about 56 percent of high-school seniors in 2015 went out on dates; for Boomers and Gen Xers, the number was about 85 percent.”