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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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Advice on cell phones for kids

Hello everyone

I was wondering if anyone might be able to give me some advice for a possible purchase of a cell phone for my 13-year-old son? He has approached my wife and myself about it because a few of his friends are starting to get them and of course he given us all the best excuses of why he needs one.
I did however tell him that I would look into it before we made a decision and I was hoping any of you good folks might have some additional insight or advice.
I’m thinking it should be:
a) Cheap, 10 to 1 he’ll lose it so replacing it has to be cheap.
b) Pay as you go, so he can learn to top it up.
c) I’m not worried about him texting just yet.
d) Easy to use and as rugged as possible.
e) Anything else you could add…

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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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My advice on cell phones for kids...

Don't do it.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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If anything make sure it's pay as you go. Rogers has a 1 cent evenings and weekends pay as you go option. They also have texting packs available for pay as you go, as you may want to consider a texting pack cause that's all kids do these days. Do not get hooked onto a contract though.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 10:46 PM   #4
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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.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #5
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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.

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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #6
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Kids today text far more than they talk, so you'll want to consider those costs no matter which way you go. There are apparently more cell phone companies coming on line later this year, so you might want to wait for more competition and take advantage of introductory offers.

Personally I think 13 is a bit young. When our daughter was that age there were still pay-phones around and we just made sure she always had a quarter. They're still pretty dependent upon the parental units for transportation, etc., at that age. Depends if you think it's necessary. (Certainly makes tracking them down easier - if they have it on them and if they have it turned on.) We did get her a cell phone when she was in high school - she was much more independent then, and it's invaluable now that she's off to university (we got a family plan, so calls between her and us are free even though it's long distance).
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 09:56 AM   #7
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Here are a few options:

1. Tell him back in your day there were no cells phones and you got along just fine.. and you had to climb up hill...both ways, to get to school... with only one shoe.

2. Give him 2 cans with a string attached to both. If you make one can quite large, then that's a speaker phone.

3. Aren't there cell phones for kids that allow you to dial your parents and 911?

One last gem...

4. Go out and buy him one of those 80s brick cell phones...

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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #8
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Have you looked into PetroCanada pre-paid phones? I think that's about your cheapest option.

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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 11:11 AM   #9
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Although I don't have kids but I do know of young teens with cells, I believe 13 is too young as the use can be abused easily. If he is mature for his age and lives in a large city then it would be invaluable. Otherwise my answer is no I don't think it's a good idea.

Another thing you should consider-if he's using it a great deal outside his home and school, he would be so absorbed and wouldn't be aware of his surroundings and thus he would become vulnerable to the vehicular traffic and other situations.
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Old Nov 13th, 2009, 12:03 PM   #10
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Here are a few options:

1. Tell him back in your day there were no cells phones and you got along just fine.. and you had to climb up hill...both ways, to get to school... with only one shoe.

2. Give him 2 cans with a string attached to both. If you make one can quite large, then that's a speaker phone.

3. Aren't there cell phones for kids that allow you to dial your parents and 911?

One last gem...

4. Go out and buy him one of those 80s brick cell phones...

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.
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