Cell phones are seen as essential by urban teen-agers, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
Half of teenagers own their own cell phone, according to a 2004 survey by the Yankee Group, a Boston research firm. That number jumped from one-third of teens in just a year.
The number of teens owning cell phones skyrockets to 86 percent in Los Angeles and New York, according to a survey conducted by AT&T Wireless . . .
Low-income students who can’t afford lunch can get a cell phone with no credit check; some run up debts they can’t pay.
Seventy-five percent of Mission High students have cell phones, according to a recent survey conducted by (Principal Kevin)Truitt, and many of those interviewed said they couldn’t live without them. But 75 percent of the school’s students are also so poor they qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
One student went $2,000 in debt for phone calls.