In which the roller coaster never ends.
... they’re an essential tool for a modern American human being.
Historically "poverty" is a huge evil because it includes threat of starvation. There are places even now where it means "no clean water", "infected by parasites", "malaria", and so forth and so on.
Claiming that cell phones are just a tool (while correct) obscures just how far we've come and that what we call "poor" has a lifestyle old-style kings couldn't afford and big parts of the rest of the world might call middle class.