Governments Pay for Nothing
First, tax-payers foot the bill; government only takes the money from citizens and "spreads it around." "Welfare state" is not rhetoric--it's become fact.
Access to a cell phone is not a "human right." I'm broke--REALLY broke. I make do or do without. A frill such as a cell phone should not be a "right."
Get a friend or relative to split the cost of a Tracfone. The U.S. is broke. Keep breaking it and see what happens to your precious cell phone then.
Either way, someone's going to pay for them--rich, poor, or just getting buy. Why do you think phone companies assess all these extra charges?