I agree. It's totally annoying to meet someone and later find out you can't reach them whenever you want because they don't have a cell phone. (I suppose that says something, though, about our society and instant gratification.) Thankfully this is becoming more and more rare as cell phone penetration continues to climb in the United States. Four out of every five Americans (79.7%) carry one.
They are also a requirement for business. Can we really be productive from the road without them? They are a critical link to colleagues, the office, and home.
Younger survey participants (age 16-24) said they would rather give up alcohol, chocolate, coffee, sex, or tea than to be without their mobile phones for an entire month. Wow. Mobile phones are more important than ... tea? Only in England.