Most people of my age see a phone as just that, whether mobile or fixed. For younger people it seems to have a much more vital role and is subject to all the vagaries of the must-have gadget. I have never understood this until my own mobile died on me. The new one has all the gizmos you can't escape including the ability to play .mp3 files.
Suddenly it dawned on me - I used to cringe when I heard the awful noises coming out of some phones, even before Dom Joly parodied it all. Now however, if you ring me, you get the sublime introduction to West End Blues by Louis Armstrong. If I have to inflict myself on others with my phone at least it will be good music!
Edit: Doh! If you ring me then of course you don't get Louis, I do and so do all those lucky people around me. If you want to hear iy you'll have to click the link above - or better yet buy it on an album