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Most of our guys just had flip phones until 3 years ago when they said they would give us 50$ a month towards our phone bill if we had a smartphone. Some of the guys didnt even have cell phones until then. We have uhf radios in every van and most of our customers still have house phones. The shop has a 100' uhf antenna pole.
I didn't have a cell phone until I opened up 2 years ago. Before that I'd get home to check for messages.
Some employers gave me hell because I didn't have a cell but it was even worse if you had one because they'd call you constantly micromanaging and having guys run around all day. My last employer I had a cell and he did all that plus wasting my evenings with freaking endless texts until 1 in the morning. I found out this summer he was on cocaine everyday ...