by Max Brantley
The news that Arkansas and Mississippi lead the country in abandoning landline telephones for cell phones isn't surprising. It's a function, in part, of poverty. Cell phones can be much cheaper. Emphasis on "can be." I've had plenty of people in the business tell me that lower income customers are avid buyers of cell phone extras.
Slightly more than 1 in 3 Arkansans have gone strictly to cell phones. This has implications for political polling, though many pollsters have already adjusted by generating cell phone numbers as well as drawing from landline lists.
Never mind that. What I want to know is how you're going to call someone when everyone is on a cell phone and not listed in the telephone book. Notice how small the new telephone book looks this year?