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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #11
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Ha... I though of the can thing when he first asked us but I'm afraid he'll lose that too. Although I do still have my original bag phone from back in the day, the retro stuff is cool right?
When I was 13 a new bike was the thing to wish for.
Ha! That's right, I did wish for a brand spanking new 10 speed at that age because all my friends had one! And I did get it although I had to save my allowance to pay for half of it.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:14 PM   #12
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Getting the first phone cheap is easy (if you sign a contract). If he loses it, ouch; time to buy used.

Consider a family plan with a texting plan for your son. Free calls between family phones, pooled minutes.

Make sure you have data blocked by your provider.

Good luck.
My wife and I are both on corporate plans so I don't know if we can even add some sort of family plan to them. She's with a Roger's TD plan and I have the 17.50 per month + 6 gig thing going on.

I kinda like to stay with Rogers because of I'm thinking that if he loses the phone I could by a burner from Tiger Direct or some other place and insert a new sim card. But pay as you go makes it so much easier, especially if he doesn't prove to be responsible.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #13
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Get him a Lg rumor 260 they sell for around $100.00 new but used one's sell for $60.00 on craigslist. Kids these days text alot more then talk the lg rumor has a full keyboard. Virgin mobile offer's 100 text mssg's for $5.00 a month. DO NOT get him a phone under a contract because if the phone you get him has a web browser he might decide to use it and at the end of the month you will recive a large amount which will be coming out of ur wallet. Getting him a phone is a good idea you never know when its an emergency and he need's to contact you or ur wife. But if he doesn't care for it I say take it away.
Rogers has 2500 texts for $10.00 per month. 100 texts is definitely not enough.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:18 PM   #14
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You can go to Future Shop or Best Buy and buy a $70 pay as you go phone and get a $50 credit. So the phone is really only costing you $20. I would suggest that Rogers is the best carrier for Pay as You Go though.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #15
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You can go to Future Shop or Best Buy and buy a $70 pay as you go phone and get a $50 credit. So the phone is really only costing you $20. I would suggest that Rogers is the best carrier for Pay as You Go though.
That's one of my problems. Every time I speak to one of the representatives they tell me that a) this plan is the best or that this carrier is the best and b) the next guy says the opposite.
I don't foresee him leaving the country or going out of Hamilton for that matter so coverage may not be an issue, just what kinda bang we can get for the buck.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:58 PM   #16
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That's one of my problems. Every time I speak to one of the representatives they tell me that a) this plan is the best or that this carrier is the best and b) the next guy says the opposite.
I don't foresee him leaving the country or going out of Hamilton for that matter so coverage may not be an issue, just what kinda bang we can get for the buck.
Instead of conversing with salespeople, I'd schedule a trip to the dentist. It won't hurt as much...

Some parents buy cell phones for their kids because they want to--it isn't necessarily the child. And at 13, the child is going to be fairly mobile, and you'll want to reach them. Completely understandable.

Get the pay as you go phone if you want, but if it's for someone who will actually use more than $20 worth of talk time per month get a monthly plan phone. Either way, get the discounted handset, the $70 - $50 above, or the massive discount of a monthly plan. You may want to start with pay as you go, just to gauge the time used, and texts used. If you do upgrade to monthly, you'll get another phone then, and can keep the first as a backup (or sell one)--never sign up without the discounted phone, if you lose or damage the first one, they won't just discount another for at least one or two years.

Don't tie it to a family plan if there's any chance you'll want to cancel that phone or another one, you'll be extending the contract of *all* the phones connected this way. On the other hand, hardly anyone cancels, even in 3 years, so consider the discounts offered.

Sometimes "bang for the buck" on the phone itself isn't worth it. Most people spend far more on their monthly phone costs, in just a few months or a year, than the discounted phone cost.

He might surprise you and not lose the phone, especially if he comes to like using one, and you explain beforehand what results will follow. And you can always find a cheap replacement, especially used cell phones. Make his first phone new and shiny though, and he might hold onto it.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 10:31 PM   #17
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Instead of conversing with salespeople, I'd schedule a trip to the dentist. It won't hurt as much...
Excellent point...

Looks like I'll get him a pay as you go phone first, just to be on the safe side.
I figure if he want's it bad enough he can either use his allowance to buy time or if he agrees he could do some chores around here, over and above whats expected of him to earn some time.
We'll judge the time and responsibility as we go and if need be sign in to lower fee contract (if there is one)? Now I only have one more question which carrier? I've been with Rogers for so long I think I paid for the Roger's Centre myself, (still can't get used to the name though) I haven't got a clue about the others.
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Old Nov 14th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #18
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7-11's sell cheap phones with good inexpensive Pay-As-You-Go cards; Wall-Mart in the US does as well and I believe I heard some in Canada are starting to. The Wall-Mart phones were $20 last time I was in the 'States but I heard that they're $10 now.

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I have two teenagers. They both got phones around your son's age. Trying to keep them cellphone-less is a lost cause. They will wear you down until you give in. Plus, I like being able to text or call my kids when they are out.

The 7-11 SpeakOut plan is great. That's where I started because of a free phone promotion. Buy $100 air time and you got a free phone. I'm pretty sure they have a similar plan now. Good thing about this plan is you can give your kid a $100 voucher and tell them that's it for 2-3 months, whatever you think is reasonable. And the $100 is all you pay - no extra fees. The best part is, if they're not using the phone, they're not paying. So, if you kids go to camp or you're on Xmas holidays, you're not paying for a phone.

That being said, my daughter has outgrown her plan. She texts a lot. So, at .20 per outgoing text, the pre-paid doesn't make sense anymore. I'm shopping around for a good post paid plan with unlimited texting. I'm trying to hold out until the new GSM companies hit the Canadian market in the new year.
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Old Nov 14th, 2009, 03:46 PM   #20
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7-11 Speakout

I had never heard of this plan before but from what I found out, anyone who's on it raves about it. There's a 7-11 a few blocks from me maybe I'll go over and check it out and see the phones for them selves. I also like the fact it's on a GSM network.
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