[quote]The free phone is there, of course, *after* they lock you into a 2 year deal at $30/mth? Or do they just hand them out in the hopes you use it someday?<hr></blockquote>
If you're going to be buying a certain amount of service anyways, it makes sense to take the free or discounted phone. My sister's (she's 17) cell phone was $40 after she bought I don't know, something like 6 months of service which she was going to use anyways. A cell phone needs service to be functional and vice versa, so there's nothing wrong with getting them together. Yeah, 3 years of one service could suck, but a year or so would be reasonable. Anyways, this is not really relevant...it's more for another thread.
[quote]I didn't say that's what they were designed to do, but it's what they do. And if those godawful custom ringtones aren't designed for others to hear, then I don't know why they exist.
The ringtones are especially annoying, but most cell phones have a silent mode that should be used all the time IMO. Somebody talking on a phone does not annoy me. If I'm in a quiet room and one goes off, that can be annoying, but I think that in libraries/class/lectures etc all cell phones should be turned off or on silent mode so they don't disturb others. We can agree on that, no?
[quote]I'm sorry, I was under the impression that Britney Spears and N'Sync have been selling millions and millions of records to teenagers for the last few years, I must have been mistaken.<hr></blockquote>
Yeah, but the 40-60% of teenagers who have no appreciation for their crap music would rather not be lumped in with the freaks when the topic of music choice comes up.
[quote]I might agree with what you're saying there, but the argument could be made.
The cost certainly applies to my contention that cell phones for young teens (those who can't even drive yet) are a sign of how spoiled kids are getting.<hr></blockquote>
Yeah yeah, different topic. Seriously, cell phones are only useful if you have a car to talk in on the highway!
[quote]Who said they were?<hr></blockquote>
well...They disrupt class.However, if you were caught using it or it rang aloud in class, you were up for in-school suspension.Because they go off during class all the time.I hate it when Im sitting in lecture, some Korean chicks cell phone goes off and half the class stops to check and see if its their phone.
Obviously a concern is that people will talk/use/hear their cell phone during a class. The only time I remember this happening was on parents day.
[quote]If you're standing in the hall (highest visibility after all, and that's the point) on a cell phone and distracted (like being in traffic) it's annoying.<hr></blockquote>
Distracted from what? Not bumping into a pillar? It's rare I know, but a few people have the amazing ability to walk and
avoid obstacles at the same time
[quote]it's indicative of the attitude of a younger/mid teenager to think that is what the reason would be.<hr></blockquote>
I can't wait to turn 20 so I will be out of this accursed evil aura associated with all people ages 13-19.
[quote]That's another great part of my point... they are expensive status symbols with no use. And they're distracting.<hr></blockquote>
Expensive status symbols with no use? I've mentioned many times that they are quite convenient for making arrangements/etc for after school or when you're out with friends. When my family is all trying to get to one place from different directions or meeting up somewhere, it's helpful if have a cell phone to reach each other in case something goes awry. They have a very defined usecommunication on the go.
[quote]As to their life saving value in disaster situations, just think about how many people died in the WTC because they were busy calling people, leaving messages, and 'reporting' instead of getting the hell OUT of the building.<hr></blockquote>
Umm I can't think of a single person. However, I can think of many people about to die on the top floors of the building who were able to talk to a loved one before they died, and hundreds of potential people who were saved because the people on the Pennsylvania plane were able to find out that the terrorists were intending to crash into a building because they were talking to people on a cell phone who told them about the other terrorist attacks.