portaplaya wrote:People have psychological needs in addition to the biological ones, such as being around other people.
No chance of that on the playa...
portaplaya wrote:There are certainly scenarios where there is a financial need to have contact with the outside world, such as needed to make a call each week in order to maintain unemployment benefits (which keeps money in the bank account so that you can have water, food and shelter when you get home).
Yes I get all that. I like having the ability to communicate, I've used it on playa, via text, phone & emails. It's very handy, but again: is someone going to die if the phone doesn't work out there?
IMHO, if ones circumstances are such that they must be able to contact & be contacted by the default world at any second, and given that they are so far away from damn near anything, perhaps they should consider re-prioritizing the burn in relation to their life. Maybe whatever the important call is about is just a bit more important than a camping trip in the desert.
<voice="grizzled old timer">Why, back in the old days we didn't have any of your fancy wireless technomological thingies, and we got on just fine without them! Gunshots & smoke signals were good enough for us!