Driving to work, at a guess, 1 in 50 people driving are on the phone, every 5th person I spy at a bus stop or on the bus are enagaged with their mobile phone. Pedestrians everywhere are a hazard as they are more involved with sending and receiving SMS's or whatever, rather than watching the traffic as they cross the street.
At a busy restaurant a mobile goes off every 3 minutes or so.
On TV, the ads are spamming people with dial now for this that or the other - note the fine print for excessive charges...
My sister has 3 mobile phones and can knock out an SMS faster than I can type 3 words here in a forum. Her kids have mobile phone - for that "just in case" of an emergency.
At work, every second person that calls for product info is on a scratchy mobile phone (even if they have access to a nice and clear land line right next to them)
In the Post Office queue for our mail order every afternoon, we watch as people pay their monthly $900 (or more .. I've seen people paying $2,000 phone bills). There is a big sign as the Post Office asking people not to use their mobile phones as it upsets their terminals - normally obscured by people on their mobile phones.
I am on my 3rd mobile phone in 20 years, my first was the 2nd one Mitsubishi ever made - it was half the size of that famous Motorola brick, my 2nd was the Nokia banana phone that the Matrix made popular, my 3rd and current is the Motorola Razor3. I never pay more than $11 per month and never get to use all of my $11 worth of free calls.
I hate it when I miss the call and have a $0.50 charge for a stored message.
Phone scams are rife, the monopoly that controls the services offered have these services priced at prices I don't see as being good value.
Phone cards with stored value give people anonomity when making telephone purchases over the phone adds to fraud (we won't take te;ephone orders from people with mobile phone contacts)
I am very confused with this unecessary obsession with mobile phones. To me it doesn't seem a lot unlike a gambling mentality.
Either that, or I have no friend to call and SMS every few minutes or so.
I've had a mobile phone, pretty much ever since they were invented - but hate them, and hate the way it has turned a whole generation into phone addicts.
Would like to hear others opinions on what they think about mobile phones.