Okay, I need some perspective on these modern day necessities. I was/am ruthlessly cutting my budget as part of my graduate school austerity plan. Every time I go through the bills, this one ranks up there as first to go, but I never cut it. I tell myself that it's for safety reasons, for convenience, for knowing when the next bus is coming. Basically, I have created a long list of excuses explaining why I have to have this 40.00 a month phone service (on top of my regular landline). What I need from the community is are rock solid reasons why saving money is more important than hanging on this supposedly indispensable phone.