Why waste your time studying for an Amateur Radio License? You can do anything with your smart phone that a licensed "ham" can do, right?
I have had my license since 1953 so I do have some experience with the changes in technology. Knowing Morse code is no longer a requirement in obtaining a license as it was when I got my mine. Many hams lamented the dumbing down of license requirements when the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) dropped the code requirement and yet Morse code is alive and well because now it is a status symbol to "know the code".
There are 700,000 plus licensed amateur operators in the United States and many more around the world. I personally have talked to hams in well over 250 different countries. This is one facet of the hobby and is called "DXing". DX is an acronym for "long distance". We use a lot of shortened words and acronyms which came from the use of Morse code over 100 years ago. Reminds me of text messaging LOL.
When I say "talked" I mean I contacted them. Not always talking though. Some of the modes I used are digital (BTW, Morse code is the only digital mode that can be decoded by the human brain). There are many other digital modes that require a computer to transmit and decode. They are all keyboard to keyboard methods of communicating and would be another subject of discussion.
Of course you can use a microphone and actually "talk" to another ham. I have also used this mode many times and talked to Russians, Japanese, South Americans, Europeans and many other nationalities too numerous to mention. The only provider between them and me was the ionosphere. Sure it cost money to buy or build the equipment I needed (did I say build?). I purchased a Chinese hand held for less than $50 and used it to communicate with other radio amateurs through amateur built satellites. What a thrill!! BTW, the International Space Station has licensed amateurs on board that communicate regularly with young kids in school.
As you can see, I am very enthusiastic about this hobby and want to spread the word.
That's all for now so I will say 73 & 88 (ham speak for "best regards" or "hugs and kisses" in case a YL "young lady" reads this).