This article, “A homeless man and his BlackBerry” has an ever-so-slightly feel of patronising to it, but otherwise it’s a very revealing look at homelessness, prejudices and communication.
But the most valuable aspect about his phone is simply that it makes him look like everyone else. “You won’t believe it,” he tells me, “but if I didn’t have my phone, I probably couldn’t just sit here and have my coffee and be talking to you. It gives me something I can do in public. It’s not loitering if I’m typing or talking on my phone.” Loitering, he said, is often a good excuse to kick the homeless out of a place. And a phone is a passport that lets him stay in places longer than he would otherwise.