You don't have to put up with jerks.
- Internet provider - Sonic.net DSL. No packet filtering, good support, no nonsense.
- Phone - Caterpillar B15 ruggeized Android phone.. Bought from Caterpillar dealer, not carrier. Declined Google account at first power up. Google services disabled. No updates from Google.
- Cellular carrier - T-Mobile. Has no control over phone. No carrier apps.
- Email - IMAP server. SpamAssassin spam blocking.
- Main desktop machine - Ubuntu 12.4 LTS.
- No Google account. No Twitter account. No pay TV. Ad blocking on all browsers.
- Main news source - Reuters. (More news about Ukraine and ISIS, less about Bieber and Apple.)
- Main food store - Trader Joe's. No "club card" required. Good prices.
For almost every crap business, there's a competitor that isn't crap. Find them.