I know I can live without it because I did for a long time. I've only just got one again recently. I don't like it, but it could be useful in an emergency, and if you don't have one everybody gets all cranky with you about it.
Your question was do I love or hate my mobile phone. I don't own a mobile because I hate them. You then said that you wised you could afford the luxury of hating/not owning a mobile. But it is more expensive to have to buy a phone and pay to use it, than it would be not to own a phone.
I would love to be able to go without a mobile phone but because my family and friends only ever call my mobile, I need it. I think that in today's day and age, to be without a mobile is a luxury because it allows a sense of freedom from some of the demands and expectations of everyday life. Does that make sense? I know what I mean, but can't articulate it. LOL.
I know what you're saying, but it doesn't make sense to me. If you didn't have a mobile, your friends and family would phone you by landline. I don't think a phone is freedom at all. It means you can be contacted anywhere, anytime, for anything. Your at the mercy of a phone call. When I'm out, I don't want to be contacted. I want to be doing what I'm doing without interruption. Same for at home actually.
For me I LOVE mine.
It gives me a great deal of comfort, when out in the car...if something go's wrong.
I love mine also because it is 10 years old, and has never let me down once.
Sure it has needed new batteries.
Such a small little device, can allow me freedom.
Being stuck broken down at 10 pm at night, is not one of my favourite things.
In fact, that will do my head in, if I couldn't phone for help.
It's a love and hate relationship for me as well with my mobile. It's handy, I can do all the things everyone has said already on it in the palm of my hand. But the bad thing is that it is always so distracting because it's always THERE!!!!!! I need to learn how to have some "off" time.
I ADORE my phone. I think I have an unnatural relationship with it. It actually rarely gets used as a phone. But I run my online business from my phone. I use my phone for so many things, banking, social media, entertainment, work, camera... I just love it. It's also my wallet. I have it in this super cool leather cover that looks like an ancient book and one side is the phone and the other side carries my cards, and since I never use physical cash anymore, it's all I ever need to carry.
I love it and love that it is a smart phone and helps make life more simple and coordinated just be simply having a number of pieces of information I use linked together. Love that I can take good quality photos at ease. I am however not attached to it at the hip and enjoy at times putting it on silent in the drawer and sitting with my family, playing with the kids, having a conversation with someone, reading or taking a stroll. Check my messages and missed calls later - just like the old days!!!
I bought my 'full brick' mobile phone in Jan'96, for emergencies. My now 'half brick' still does the same job. I NEVER leave home without it, bit like that Amex tv advert years' ago. It's useful & handy.
And yes, I've had to use it for car emergencies' over the years! Thank goodness for it!