Ben, hilarious. I agree with you on most counts, however, as your friend, I must say you have the cell phone thing all wrong.
Think of it as a money saver. I don't know what you pay on your land line in NH to call friends, family, and such, but if it's anymore than 50 a month, its too much.
I pay 39.99 for calls from anywhere to anywhere; in short, I don't HAVE a land line. Unlimited calling (well, not technically, but I have NEVER run over my limit) for 40 bucks, local and long distance.
Screw the ring tones. I agree.
Hi Simon --
Actually, all combined, I generally pay about $65 per month for local and long-distance service. Thanks to the Internet, I make very few long-distance calls; so few that sometimes the telephone company bills me on a quarterly basis.
That is a bit more than the $40 you mention. Hoewver, the land-line is a useful thing to have in the event of a power outage or low-battery on a mobile phone. Also, the costs inherent in getting set up on a mobile -- the phone itself and the payment plans and what not -- might erase any cost-savings that I would otherwise realize from switching.
Speaking of long-distance calls, though, I am going to give you a call in the next few days. Vacation later in the year and all that.