Living Without a Cellphone

Waiting in the bowels of New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal recently, Nancy Kadlick was losing faith. She was supposed to meet her friend Cynthia Santoro, but as the minutes ticked by, she wondered if she was in the wrong spot.

It turned out she was. “I was upstairs, and you weren’t there!” Ms. Santoro exclaimed when they finally found each other.

The cellphone was supposed to put an end to moments like that. But the 54-year-old Ms. Kadlick, of Salem, Mass., is among the roughly 30 million American adults who don’t own one. She used to pay $65 a month, but she ended her cellphone service a few years ago, trying to cut costs.

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