He's got a point. Assuming the cost of the device, whatever the brand, it can come around 200$ a year considering supported life time. Adding the cell plan that goes along with the device, the real cost is (60$/month) 720$/year. For a grand total of 920$/year.
We are spending almost a thousand bucks each year to be able to send a few messages, read some stuff on the web, call someone when needed and listen to some music. Isn't it a bit much?
If we compare to a cheap cellphone (the flip one) with just a simple plan of 20$ a month, get a decent MP3/Media player and wait at home to browse the web, it would be cheaper.
A flip phone will cost around 75$ and a decent MP3/media player can cost 80$. The first year would round up to 120$+75$+80$=275$
The next year, it would go down to 120$/year.
That's insane when you think about it. For sure, we don't get all the mobile internet access but if you get a cheap Android tablet at 75$ and use wifi when available, you will almost get the same functionalities.
Smartphones are making us dumb...