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Letter: Stop talking about smartphones and poverty

Smartphones are no longer the luxury item they are claimed to be by many in their insults of the wasteful poor.

Mine cost $35, and I use a pay as you go phone, which costs about $14 a month for voice and data. That's not exactly high finance. Also, non-smartphones are quickly leaving the market, and

landlines are not a possibility for the homeless or those forced by poverty to relocate often.

Without access to a phone or the internet (this is often the only way to apply for many jobs), how are those in poverty supposed to get the jobs they need to pull themselves out of poverty?